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What's in store next?


A year can be a long time, and in the case of 2018 it has been a very trying one! While readers have been enjoying the goings-on over on my hobby blog at phildenmodelrailway.blogspot.com, writing, or work on any book for that matter has been on hold ever since returning from my sojourn to Margaret River over in Western Australia during the summer of 2017/2018. Although I was able to garner all the material needed for the next instalment of my Last Train series of photographic bush poetry while also taking in the sights of Australia's west coast, it has taken until late 2018 to get moving. Sometimes life just seems to throw one hurdle after another at you, and writing can be the last thing on your mind.

My next photo book is set for release in mid-October 2018.

Despite the lack of posts to this blog in 2018, including such ominous entries as retiring a good series, and ending a career positively, you could be forgiven for thinking that I'd given up. The truth is.... I'm trying to! There just always seems to be one last project I want to do before calling it a day with this obsession called writing. Case in point is my first new release in over 12 months, Behind the yellow line. This is the first of two planned photographic books to draw the curtains on the railway-themed books I have been self-producing. Hot on its heels will be the third instalment of Last Train to.... which will also most likely be the last. For incredibly expensive to produce full colour railway bush poetry books, I've had to revise my sales expectations down to only 50 to 100 copies each. Common sense screams to not do a fourth.

While I'm confident that over time all ten of my railway books may prove to be sleepers, time spent working on them and blogging about my model train hobby over at Philden will come to an end in 2019. I want to once more try writing something that has a chance of being a smash-hit bestseller, with the hope that it may one day be able to contribute to my retirement. Unfortunately, the train books are just not selling like I'd hoped, and I'm not getting any younger. If you have been enjoying the railway poetry or photographic memoirs, then you are going to love these final three books. If you've been patiently waiting the past five years for my next novel, then take heart. I'll be starting on a new novel shortly.

In the meantime, there are plans to bring all four of my novels back into print for the first time since 2013, (man that already seems like a long time ago), complete with new cover artwork and hopefully more affordable pricing. By comparison to my railway-themed books, The Long Way Home has now passed over 1,500 copies downloaded on Smashwords alone since it was last available in print. So if I plan to go out on a high.... I better soon get to work writing that next novel.

Here's some of my past interviews


  

  • ABC Radio Southern Queensland, Breakfast with David Iliffe, 2-AUG-2017
  • The Soul Saloon with Rena Reese, talk radio show, USA 9-MAR-2011
  • Polka Dot Banner, USA 6-OCT-2009

Here's my scrapbook of past achievements and news headlines


 

From my nomination in the 2015 Global eBook Awards, to an 11,649 km Book Tour of Australia's east coast, appearing in over 30 major regional newspapers, and even having my hobby feature on the cover of a national model railway magazine, you can't say I haven't tried to get my name out there...


  • Australian Model Railway Magazine (book review) - October 2018
  • Australian Model Railway Magazine (cover) - August 2018
  • Kiama Independent, NSW - 17 April 2015
  • Niume - Online Travel eZine - December 2014
  • Destinations Magazine - Issue 78, Winter 2014
  • New Age Mama, USA - 11 September 2012
  • Caloundra Buzz Magazine, QLD - March/April 2012
  • Sunshine Coast Weekender Magazine, QLD - 23 March 2012
  • Kingborough Chronicle - Margate, TAS - 10 September 2011
  • Caloundra Weekly, QLD - 27 April 2011
  • The Coffs Coast Advocate, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • The Daily Examiner - Grafton, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Ballina Shire Advocate, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Northern Rivers Echo, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • The Northern Star - Lismore, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Byron Shire News, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Daily News - Tweed Heads, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Gold Coast Mail, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • The Warwick Daily News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Toowoomba Chronicle, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Queensland Times, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Ipswich Satellite, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Ipswich Advertiser, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Logan Reporter, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Coolum & North Shore News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Noosa News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Gympie Times, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Fraser Coast Chronicle, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • News Mail - Bundaberg, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Morning Bulletin - Rockhampton, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Daily Mercury - Mackay, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Central Telegraph - Biloela, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Central Queensland News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Whitsunday Times - Airlie Beach, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Observer - Gladstone, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Sunshine Coast Daily, QLD - 17 April 2011
  • Glasshouse Country News - Beerwah, QLD - 15 December 2010
  • The Cessnock Advertiser, NSW - 15 September 2010
  • Redcliffe City News, QLD - 24 August 2010
  • Sunshine Coast Weekender Magazine, QLD - 13 August 2010
  • Bayside Bulletin, Redland, QLD - 26 June 2007
  • The Foster Mirror, VIC - 11 April 2007
  • Central Coast Express Advocate - Gosford, NSW - March 2007

   

 
 
 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 


Here's some of my past milestones & achievements


 

  • 2015 Nominee Global eBook Awards, Train Tripping Coastal Queensland
  • 2015 Featured Author on BookWorks - The Self-Publishers Association
  • 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. 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.


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...


My third book tour in 2012 followed the release of my third novel, Last Wish of Summer. Launched locally in Caloundra, the tour was a local one, visiting 12 venues across the Sunshine Coast over the course of 9 months. click to read more...


My second book tour in 2011 saw me trek a total of 6,197 km while visiting 8 different locations between Tin Can Bay in Queensland, and Margate in far south Tasmania. It was my most ambitious tour so far, and one that probably will not be repeated for quite some time! click to read more...


My first book tour in 2010 saw me travel Australia's east coast from Pomona on the Sunshine Coast to Penrith, west of Sydney, visiting 13 different locations while covering a distance of 3,452 km. click to read more...


My earliest appearances as an author followed the 2007 release of my debut novel The Long Way Home, which was launched in Brisbane, Australia at Riverbend Books & Teahouse in Bulimba. click to read more...