Monday, May 30, 2011

Lots of gorillas, no plastic bags

I finally got around to posting a report about my recent trip to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas (and conduct research for my next book) on the Getaway Magazine blog here.

Trek on over and leave comment... please. There are a few more pictures of the gorillas there as well. It's a nice long post, so perfect for wasting some time at work.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Come to the launch of my new non-fiction book!

Talk about big news... this should make up for me not posting much here for the last few weeks (or is that months?).

My third non-fiction book, another co-written biography, THE GREY MAN, will be launched in Brisbane on June 30 and you, dear readers, are cordially invited to attend and support a worthy cause.

THE GREY MAN, My Undercover War Against the Chid Sex Trade in Asia, by John Curtis and Me, is the story of a pretty amazing guy (he'll tell you he's just an ordinary bloke) who set up a charity to rescue child prostitutes and bust child trafficking rings in South East Asia.

I first heard about the organisation, The Grey Man, via the ABC TV documentary series, Australian Story, which featured ex-commando John and his intrepid volunteers last year (or was that the year before - I lose track of these things). I was so moved by the documentary (softy that I am), that I stalked John mercilessly via the internet until he agreed to let me write a book with him.

The Grey Man is named after an Australian Army term for someone who flies under the radar and gets his job done with a minimum of fuss and without seeking glory. It's an apt title for the organisation, which began as John's one man crusade to do some good during a low period of his life.

John travelled to Thailand with the idea that he would do something to stop child exploitation. His modus operandi was unconventional to say the least - he posed as a sex tourist and delved deeper and deeper into the murky world of the illegal sex trade until he was offered a child for sex. He rescued that girl, spiriting her away to freedom, and he and the organisation he subsequently founded have gone on to rescue more than a 100 people from a life of sexual slavery.

I won't tell you more, as I want you to buy the book. In fact, why not come along to the official launch of the book in Brisbane and buy a signed copy?

THE GREY MAN will be officially launched by The Hon. Justice Margaret McMurdo AC, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal, at a cocktail party at the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday June 30, at 6.15pm for 6.30pm. Cost is $48 per head wich covers drinks and nibbles. Advance bookings are essential and you can book and pay via this link.

For more information on The Grey Man check out their website and to read more about the book, check out our publisher's (Pan Macmillan) website.

See you in Brisvegas!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

In Perth this week!


Yes, it's been far too long since I've blogged, and I am sorry. I've been too busy trying to finish novel number 9, editing number 8, and getting ready for the release of non-fiction number three. Happy now?

Anyway, I'm hitting the road again for some more shameless self-promotion and if you are in the slightest bit inclined you can catch me around Perth for Library and Information Week at:

Cambridge Library, Boulevard Centre, Wednesday May 25 at 10am. Bookings essential at the library, or call 93838999.

The Grove Library, Leake Street, Peppermint Grove, Wednesday May 25 at 6pm. Book by calling 92868686.

Fremantle City Library, Friday May 27, 10am.

I'll be talking about my latest book, The Delta, how to write, and the trials and tribulations of getting published.

Come along and say hi (or, go and see Michael Connelly who is much more famous that me and will also be appearing in Perth later this week. I'm hoping to get to a lunch with him on Friday - me and several hundred other people).

Much news to report in coming weeks. Non-fiction book number three is due out June 30. More info to come...