Works in Progress

Still in development.

An exploration of relationships in a large country town: two women, their men, fatherhood, a disappearance, and a briefcase. 

Currently in the second draft stage. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intimate Attentions cover

 

An exploration of the relationships of a quartet of queer-minded people in the aftermath of the sentencing of Oscar Wilde to two years hard labour in 1895.

A novel of Victorian sexuality.

Began in May 2019 and coming in at about 90,000 words, AND with a new working title: The Two-Headed Goat, based on a quote from one of the characters: ‘Show me a perfect marriage and I’ll show you a two headed goat.’

Currently in the recycling bin. 

 

 

 

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Gulliver’s Travels (or Making Gravy)
Robert Gulliver is a school-boy, 14 going on 28, and gay. He may be underage but everything about him, looks, attitude, behaviour, experience, and prospects are absolutely not. An only child, his parents are, at least, unusual and he embarks on a quest to find for himself the family, not only one he needs, but one, he believes, he deserves.

You can read the Prelude and first three chapters here. Click on Posts.

The 3rd draft (97,000 words) was finished in early 2019. I’m currently pitching it to Australia and the UK.

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Johnny William & the Cameraman is in the hands of a literary agent. Having an experienced professional batting for me is a feeling to be cherished. He is currently pitching JW to publishers.

Johnny William & the Cameraman is very different to the Veronica novels; a different genre hence the omission of the author’s middle initial. It is a coming of age story about a young boy growing up on a wheat and sheep farm on the Adelaide Plain, South Australia, in the 1960s. His view of the world and his future is shaped not by the people around him but by his imagination stimulated by, of all things, black and white television. 

This novel has been in development for over 20 years and it’s very exciting to get it into the hands of an insider who is on a first-name basis with publishers and editors.

 


Savoury(working title)

A novel about a dying small Australian town. During a violent wind storm the massive sand dune that dominates the town moves and a past crime is discovered. The ‘authorities’ that arrive to investigate the matter are not the police, but the media looking for a sensational story to boost their ratings. A media pack invades. What other secrets will be discovered?

Currently in early stages of a first draft.

This has undergone a radical re-think including a new title, Savoury, (old name, That Mounting Dune) the name of the dying town and the name of a film that the media pack is forced to make to justify their existence. It is in the narration of the film that the town’s secrets are revealed.

 

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