|Ann Massey, Australian Writer|
When I’m not busy devising plot twists and turns involving germ warfare, the International Space station or environmental risks you’ll find me teaching English at the local high school where I work as a relief teacher.
It was a big decision to give up a secure career for casual work supplemented by book royalties, but I’ve always been somewhat of a risk taker. This is reflected to a degree in the settings of my novels which draw on my diverse career: I’ve been a country publican, newspaper marketing manager and governess. In fact I was working as a governess on a sheep and cattle station in the Australian outback, close to the Carnarvon Tracking Station, built in 1963 by NASA for the Gemini program when I conceived the idea for my first novel, “The Biocide Conspiracy”.
After downloading so much information about bio-terrorism, I wouldn't have been surprised if ASIO burst into my study confiscated the computer and hauled me off to Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. Since then I’ve had several genre changes: I wrote my second novel after accompanying my partner on a five-year posting to
Borneo. Shocked by the permanent damage to the rainforest
by excessive logging I wrote “The White Amah”.
|Unrestrained & unchecked deforestation in Borneo|
Currently I’m working on “The Little Dog Laughed”. Set in the suburb where I now reside and Ancient Briton it’s about second chances. I desperately want to finish it, but you see as a child I had a lazy eye and the condition has spread to my entire body. Notwithstanding my propensity to lie on the couch watching British detectives solve cases, I still find the energy to blog about BW.