The Flame is an contemporay environmental mystery thriller centred around the Acrivities of the Shehkrii,a secret branch of humanity with a global agenda.
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About the Author
I grew up in Sydney, Australia in a leafy fringe suburb called Gray’s Point and now live with my family on an acre of rainforest in the Glasshouse Mountains of Queensland, commuting to Brisbane for work.
A longtime fan of sci-fi and fantasy I’m fascinated by history and anthropology and how they collide with technology.
The Flame is the first of the five books revealing the epic story of humanity’s alternate future and the fate of Nathan Chalk.
I wrote plays and short stories in lower high school. Despite little encouragement I still managed to become a significant essayist by graduation. Mr Wilson (Level 1 English teacher) gave me 9/10 for one effort, a mark he had only handed out once before in a very long career. I learnt more from that crotchety old bugger than I realized at the time and am in his debt.
But I didn’t return to fiction until my late thirties when having devoured Raymond E. Feist’s ‘Magician’, I was devastated to be unable to find any sequels. They were there but I was looking in the wrong places. So I set out to write something for myself and quickly found that I wasn’t comfortable with the sword and sorcery environment for some unknown reason – perhaps it seemed like it had all been done. In looking for an alternative I remembered my notes from a decade before for a comic book series that I had imagined as an exercise to drive away the boredom of train travel. I had been an avid collector of all things Marvel and wondered if there was a hero/heroes who didn’t owe their powers to mutation, radiation or alien science. I put two things together to create this alternative;
-the Nietzschean concept of superman as someone who uses 100% of their brain and
-the tripartite nature of man – body, mind and spirit.
Thus were born the Shehkrii – humanity’s ultimate and optimal form.
I’ve plugged away at the ideas and a story that would do them justice for a long time, learning the craft of the novel along they way. I’ve dabbled in short stories as well and script writing for the dialogue discipline that it engenders. Somewhere in this process I discovered the passion of storytelling through the written word. And found that I had more than one book in me. The sequel to Shehkrii is well and truly begun and the outlines of the other books fleshed out. Along the way I’ve created a galactic theology that is unlike anything I’ve encountered in my reading to date. The quest to tell this story is a constant source of encouragement, enjoyment and inspiration.