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The stage is now well and truly set for the new direction my writing has headed in following the release of my book 30 Years Chasing Trains in 2016. Having spent a lot of time developing a fresh approach to the way a railway photography book is presented, the first of what I hope will be many Last Train books is now available. Last Train to Brisbane is a poetic portrait of our railways from yesteryear. Mixing hauntingly beautiful photographs with classic Australian bush poetry, the book pays tribute to some amazing small country railway stations around Brisbane's scenic rim, where it was once possible to board a train to Brisbane. Once more this is a premium full colour 8" x 10" inch book, and is available in either hard or softcover.

The book is intended as a nostalgic look at what still remains to be seen of the railways of yesterday. The cover layout looks fresh and my author name branding carries over from what I had already established with 30 Years Chasing Trains. Hot on its' heels will be the next instalment which will focus on another of my favourite abandoned railway lines, the former Murwillumbah line in northern New South Wales. Work on the second book should be completed before this Christmas, when I fly to Western Australia to celebrate 25 years of being married to my wife Denise.

Its a long way from where my career started for me with my first novel The Long Way Home in 2007, ten years in fact! I am still hopeful of re-releasing The Long Way Home in print as a special Tenth Anniversary Edition before the year is out. It was last available in paperback form in 2013. Should this be successful, then in-between producing future Last Train instalments I shall look at doing the same Tenth Anniversary Edition releases for A Walk Before Sunrise in 2019, Last Wish of Summer in 2022 and The Rag Doll Cafe in 2023. Rag Doll of course has only ever been available in eBook. So to bring this novel out in paperback will be special. By the time all this happens I will have turned 50. Hopefully by that time I will finally have a new novel available. If not, then I truly hope I've lost count of how many Last Train books I have released.

Whether it is the poetry, the haunting photography or the sheer nostalgia that draws readers to Last Train to Brisbane, I do hope it finds it way into bookstores and local gift shops across south east Queensland. These books are sure to become highly collectable in the years to come.

Here's some headlines that I have made Down Under


   

Here's some news, magazine & web articles featuring me




Here's some past interviews



Here's some of my past milestones & achievements



  • 2016 Smashwords Number 1 Bestseller (Railroads), Train Tripping Around Melbourne
  • 2015 Nominee Global eBook Awards, Train Tripping Coastal Queensland
  • 2015 Featured Author on BookWorks - The Self-Publishers Association
  • 2015 Kobo Number 1 Bestseller (Travel Guide and Railroads), Train Tripping Around Melbourne
  • 2015 Kobo Number 1 Bestseller (Travel Guide and Railroads), Train Tripping Around Sydney
  • 2015 Smashwords Number 1 Bestseller (Travel Reference and Railroads), Train Tripping Around Sydney
  • 2014 Kobo Number 1 Bestseller (Railroads), Train Tripping Eastern Australia
  • 2014 Smashwords Number 1 Bestseller (Railroads), Train Tripping Eastern Australia
  • 2014 Kobo Number 1 Bestseller (Travel Guide and Railroads), Train Tripping Coastal Queensland
  • 2014 Smashwords Number 1 Bestseller (Railroads), Train Tripping Coastal Queensland
  • 2014 Smashwords Number 1 Bestseller (Holiday Humor), A Walk Before Sunrise
  • 2010 Official 2nd round selection, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, A Walk Before Sunrise
  • 2009 Polka Dot Banner featured author of the month
  • 1991 Poem Travel by night appeared in Heartland Magazine, Australia
  • 1989 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for poetry, VIC Australia
  • 1988 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for prose, VIC Australia
  • 1987 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for prose, VIC Australia

Here's a look back at my past Book Tours




After 7 years of touring the East Coast of Australia with my books, I made my final public appearance at the Maleny Celebration of Books in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 26 October of 2013. With my books being transferred to a digital-only platform for the immediate future, I was signing books for one last time before the curtains fell on the end of an era that saw me travel 11,649 km while making a total of 41 appearances and visiting every capital city along the Australian East Coast. Tours like these will not occur again until the release of my next novel and a return-to-print of my entire back catalogue.

 

Did I visit a place near you?
Queensland
 Brisbane ~ Bulimba ~ Caboolture ~ Capalaba ~ Cleveland ~ Kelvin Grove ~ Redcliffe
Gold CoastBroadbeach ~ Miami
Sunshine Coast ~ Beerwah Caloundra Conondale ~ Ettamogah Pub ~ Eumundi ~ KawanaWaters ~ Landsborough ~ Maleny ~ Maroochydore Noosa ~ PelicanWaters ~ Peregian Beach ~ Pomona Tewantin ~ Tin Can Bay
New South Wales
Hunter Valley ~ Polkolbin Hill
Sydney ~ Milsons Point ~ Penrith
Victoria
Melbourne ~ Docklands
Tasmania
 Hobart ~ Glenorchy ~ Margate



2012 saw my first virtual book tour visiting 26 websites from the USA to the Philippines. Interviews, guest posts, reviews and lots of giveaways. This sure was one busy month! click to read more...