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As a youngster I lived in numerous country towns with my peripatetic family (I'm the son of a preacher-man) then as a teacher I moved all over the place as well, and all in all I have lived in sixteen different towns and suburbs.
Reading has been dominant all my life and the first full novel I can remember reading is Jules Verne's 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea' at age eight.
Scifi, and later fantasy, continued as a major focus, and suffering from a kind of collector's bug, my scifi/fantasy collection has grown to almost six thousand titles.
I like to think I have an adventurous nature and holidays and leisure time involved beach, mountain, extensive hiking, and travel expeditions.
In my twenties I became hooked on the magic of photography and spent a fortune on color slides and equipment for developing black and white photos and that fitted really well with all the exploring.
My teaching has been quite varied, mostly as a generalist in the primary level, but also as a computer teacher and as a maths teacher across the secondary level. For a number of years I was a mentor for gifted children.
Travel is a great love and I've managed visits to Noumea, Fiji, the USA, New Zealand, and Java as well as a seven month trek around Australia.
When it became possible to own a real computer I was hooked and learned Fortran, Pascal, a tiny bit of assembler, and various versions of the Basic computer language, developing enough facility to produce some educational software and even a fully functional science fiction adventure game.
Recently I've had some major health issues and after surviving two mortal bullets I'm trying to dodge another slow motion one.
It's only in the last ten years that I have put my hand to writing as a gay author, and I wish I'd started much earlier as my creativity and expression isn't what it used to be.