Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Like most kids, I learnt to play the recorder at a very early age before my parents decided to send me to piano lessons when I was 9. This gave me the basis of music theory and, in my teens, I composed a melody for piano known as Bush Aussies which eventually became the second half of Desolate Plains. Ironically, the first half of Desolate Plains was the second composition I did!
In early 2018, I started to teach myself to play the flute which led me to compose and arrange more serious classical pieces. At this stage, I only had the melodies of several short songs written down and, with the magic of a music notation software, I began to combine some of the songs together and add additional instrumentation to result in the songs you hear on this website.
In 2021, I added the guitar as part of my range of musical instruments I am able to play.
LEGO. You wouldn’t think it would have much of an influence to a young writer. However, that’s exactly what inspired me to write my very first story at the tender age of 12. My brother and sister (then just 3 and 6 respectively) were sitting on the living room floor, playing with a huge pile of LEGO in front of them. I’d looked up at their creation and seen a rather strange looking house staring straight back at me. It was here that I had an idea for a rather silly story about a pair of twins time-travelling to the future.
Of course, my thirst for writing didn’t stop there. By the time I’d reached high school, I’d written a few more short stories which have now been lost to the ages. Oddly enough, much of my writing was centred around time-travelling. One story I remember was about a young girl who was accidentally whisked back to the Middle Ages and had to find her way back.
When I left high school, I had more ideas flowing through my head than I could put to paper. By the 2000s, I decided to write one of those ideas down which ended up being a three-part novel set in the near future.
I have been writing creatively since 1990 and have spent the last decade specialising in screenplays and audio plays. In 2008, my passion for sound design blossomed when I was at university, studying for my Media Arts degree. The development was quite accidental as I had originally wanted to focus on film and TV production. However, one of the courses on offer was Sound Art which I, surprisingly, excelled at. There, I specialised in sound design and have since created several audio projects from scratch - including writing them.