Many readers have asked me where did the story originate? By chance, I had moved house and was invited by a group of neighbours, none of them I knew, to have lunch. During the lunch I overheard one of them talking to another about her Uncle Mick and his unusual secretive double-life. Also about him being a WWII ANZAC soldier in Egypt, during the Western Desert War. I arranged to have coffee with her and within a few weeks had a bag of old documents, photos, news clippings and one tattered diary.
After interviewing Mick’s niece and reading through the info, my journalistic instincts told me this was a true-story worth telling. She had approached two other journalists over the years since Mick’s death but neither proved interested. But I saw, as a fictionalised narrative based on historical facts, this story was intriguing and would have broad appeal to readers everywhere.
It took two years of historical research and many discussions with his niece to pull the story together. Apart from getting the facts straight there was the dramatisation of the Mick’s life as seen through his eyes, building the character and his relationships. It was tough going living in the head of a 20 year old ANZAC soldier in the Western Desert War!! But I was able to create an intriguing story that would fascinate readers. And so on 26th January, 2019 No Ordinary Man was born on Amazon.