David R Lewis
If you are reading this, we have two magic wonders in common: reading and writing.
Both spark imagination, adventure and discovery.
As a boy in a country town, I dreamed up adventures in a chook shed that became a cowboy saloon; wooden crates were space rockets, army tanks and submarines, and an underground cubby spawned secrets, magic and cunning plots.
Like you, I have always been fascinated by words and ideas. But plodding numbers in my first job as a bank clerk were the catalyst for writing stories.
My first three short stories were published in Rupert Murdoch’s first newspaper The News in Adelaide, where I began as a copy boy after escaping the bank.
A ‘colour’ story about a ship strike led me to work my way to England aboard the cruise ship Galileo. Fact and fiction followed for everything from a Fleet Street rag to a music mag in London. (I have a photograph of me being mobbed by teenage girls who thought I was David Bowie. Mass hysteria-we don’t look even vaguely alike).
Back to lovely Adelaide, life as a crime, education, politics and local government reporter, government media adviser, speech writer, public relations and direct marketer for Oxfam…
I’ve now completed an Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing at TAFE SA and won a short story competition about a man suffering dementia.
My first children’s novel, Green Wombat Down Under began as a bedtime story. Old copper mining towns Burra and Moonta ignited curiosity in Cornish mythology. That led to my children’s novel, Serendipity Brown: Spriggan’s Brat. Both have had kind comments from publishers. And are yet to find a home.
Not coincidently, murder is now on my mind with an adult crime novel in unbelievably rough draft, while I also explore ideas for a new children’s novel…
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