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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Fernando Villalon

The Penniless Vagabonds
Fernando Villalon

Who Is Fernando Villalon?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

My younger son and I used to tell the family a lot about this trip and he suggested I write it in order to keep the memories


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

Eric  H Heisner


  1. What is your favourite food?

Chilean food empanadas , pan Amazado etc 


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Playing with my grand kids , spending time with Family 


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

What I do now ... A Pilot 


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

Real life Adventures 


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


That has a funny answer " I can write a book and people liked it "


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

Never planned it


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

About a year was not hard as I had notes from the trip


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

I have been thinking to continue with a promise to dad on this book which I actually completed  for my dad . When you read the book you will find out the promise 

Books by Fernando Villalon

The Penniless Vagabonds

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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Fernando Villalon

Fernando Villalon

About

Fernando Villalon


Born in Santiago Chile in 1952 During his early teenager years was Gymnastic Chilean Champion for 4 consecutive years .
later in life Successfully become the state manager of one of the four largest Fast food companies in Australia and remained there for over 20 years.
During this time he was learning to fly on weekends .
Now a commercial Pilot with various Flight examiners approvals.
He has being passionate about life adventures and travels around the world, including Mountain climbing in the Andes .
He has written this book on the request of his younger son. In order to keep the memories of this Adventure.

Books by Fernando Villalon


The Penniless Vagabonds

The Penniless Vagabonds


Two 19 year olds Hitch hike adventure with no money from Chile to Rio de Janeiro Brazil in the early 1970's.


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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Dr David Barkhouse

Dr David Barkhouse
Dr David Barkhouse

Who Is Dr David Barkhouse?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

My grandparents who had amazing lives but very hard.  They were not documented but should have been.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

Somerset Maughan.  He was a fine novelist and playwright.  He was also a spy in WW1, and polyglot and a member of the English upper middle class all of which I’d like to have been.  He was a doctor who struggled with his own personal demons and took refuge in France where the French ‘laisse faire’ attitude to being gay was more conducive to his personal happiness.


  1. What is your favourite food?

Anything my wife cooks.  She is a wonderful cook, knows my favourite meals and is never afraid to experiment.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Read, walk my little King Charles/Cocker Spaniel ‘Charlie’, garden and play golf badly with my old mate Martin.  We don’t score, just enjoy the fresh air and camaraderie.


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A doctor-  I am, so I succeeded there.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

A sense of humour.


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


How good my memory was.  The more I wrote the more I remembered, but I do wish I’d kept a diary.


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I used to write little anecdotes for The Australian Doctor.  When I retired I felt an obligation to write a letter for my children and grandkids and it grew from there.


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

About three months.


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

The behaviour of doctors away from home on conferences.  Why I remember one professor of General Practice………..No it’ll have to wait until after he’s dead.  It’s a theme pursued by David Lodge another fine British novelist (and ex professor).

Books by Dr David Barkhouse

Ten Pound Doctor

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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Dr David Barkhouse

Dr David Barkhouse

About

Dr David Barkhouse


Born in England to Scottish parents. Vivid memories of life in war torn England. Graduated as doctor at Leeds and emigrated to Australia in 1969with wife and three small children.


Books by Dr David Barkhouse


Dr David Barkhouse

Ten Pound Doctor


Memoirs of a British trained doctor's professional life, much of it in rural Western Australia'


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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Sandee Parlor

Sandee Parlor

About

Sandee Parlor


Sandee was born in New Zealand and grew up in a small horticultural village consisting predominately of orchards and vineyards. The village was surrounded by native forests and situated on the Pacific Ocean coastline. From bushland, fresh water streams, forests, to sand and surf her ‘backyard’ provided enormous scope for fun and adventures. Years later when tragedy struck Sandee opted for a new life with a new beginning and so immigrated to Australia with her young family to procure some sort of semblance of peace and security. After spending many years travelling and living in outback Australia she choose the South West region of Western Australia to retire in. She dabbles in art work, loves to go bushwalking, boating and a fishing rod is never from her hand.


Books by Sandee Parlor


Whispers Behind Closed Doors


How do you go when the fabric of your life is torn and your life hangs in the balance? Sandee Parlor shares with you her quest to find the courage and strength to move forward, to find forgiveness, seek love and bring peace to a broken heart. Desperate to have a life free of shame, guilt and blame Sandee immigrates to Australia with her young family for the fresh new beginning she believes she can acquire there. She has an adventurous spirit and from an early age she learnt how to hunt; how to shoot a gun and how to live off the land and these three components bode well for her throughout her journey. Come with her as she travels into the isolated wild Australian outback. You might want to pack a box of tissues.


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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Sandee Parlor

Sandee Parlor

Who Is Sandee Parlor?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

As I journeyed throughout the Australian outback I met fellow travellers and it was usually custom to sit by the campfire and share stories of your adventures. Many listeners would say ‘you should write a book’ and so its thanks to their encouragement that I put ‘pen to paper’.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

My favourite author has changed over the years as my interests and my quest for knowledge evolved however I would have to say J.R.Tolkien takes the prize as Lord of the Rings resonates my childhood memories.


  1. What is your favourite food?

Lobster mornay is my all time favourite dish however as its seasonal due to fishing regulations the N.A. on the restaurant menus leaves me scanning for another type of seafood to take its place.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I am a lover of the the ‘great outdoors’; bush walking, bird watching, kayaking, boating and of course my all time favourite, fishing, fills my days with delight.


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

As a child attracted to the sea and the fascination of what lay below the watery surface I always planned in my mind of being an oceanographer.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

I am open to all topics in book reading but for me what makes a good story is the flow of the story; how the author writes in such a way as to hold you spell bound to the very end.


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


The most surprising thing about my book was the emotion it stirred as I dug deep into the tragedy, loss and heartache of my life and saw with my eyes as it unfolded in print. Its one thing to have it occur but quite another to actually ‘see’ it in writing.


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I do not recall ever having a desire to write a book. I felt my story needed to be out there to give hope, encouragement and procure a light at the end of the tunnel for the reader and as Covid 19 approached us I had a real urgency to finish my book and get it out there.

  1. How long does it take you write a book?

This is my first book and it started out with me just ambling along jotting down ideas and events enjoying reliving the adventures my of travels hence there was no time limit to complete and before I knew it four years had gone by and then come Covid-19 and as I said I realised I needed to get a hurry along and complete my story.


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

I never planned to write another book but people who have purchased my book said they never wanted my book to come to an end and they want to know what happened after the time my autobiography ended and that I just have to write another book to bring it up to date so I guess my next book will be the continuation of my life because that is another story altogether.

Books by Sandee Parlor

Whispers Behind Closed Doors

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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About James A Mullier

James Mullier
James Mullier

Who Is James A Mullier?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

I’m pretty certain that, inspiration to write books initialised during the reading of such titles as, “The First & Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” – Author: Stephen Donaldson and also reading “The Hobbit” and  “The Lord of the Rings” – J. R. R. Tolkien.  The seed to write was sown here and although these books are high fantasy, I could see so clearly, many similarities between their themes and the writings of the Christian Bible to which I had already been introduced.  Once stirred up in my heart, there was no turning back… my own book at some time, was inevitable.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

From the past, that would be Stephen Donaldson.  His ability to draw a reader deep into an extravagant world of fantasy was highly effective and the images built up by his imaginative words were complete and believable.

However… today, my favourite author is Paul Ellis, because he writes about the grace of God and what the Bible does say, rather than what people often think it says or should say.


  1. What is your favourite food?

I love all kinds of seafood, except little baby octopi looking up at me from my plate.  Also, I enjoy eating boiled or baked fresh vegetables, such as pumpkin, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, onions, etc.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Landscape photography is an activity I find relaxing and rewarding.  I like knowing that the click of my camera button captures a unique moment for myself and others to enjoy.  The outdoors along the East Coast and hinterland of Australia keep me young(er) and in-between photoshoots I can keep on writing books.

Sometimes  I write Christian songs from my heart, but I am not a musician and cannot even read music. Not to be discouraged though, I convince myself I know what sounds good and what doesn’t, then press on believing the songs and lyrics are OK.


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I have no recollection of such thoughts, probably because I didn't believe I was ever going to be afforded the opportunity to grow up. However, I was always reaching out to people with encouragement and doing things for them. Thinking of this now, rather than a surveying/civil engineering profession, employment in the hospitality industry or as a social worker would have been more suitable.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

Whether fiction or non-fiction, I think any story should, to some degree, provoke or stir up questions or meaningful comment in the mind of a reader.  I do not think entertainment alone is sufficient to warrant a tag of “good story”.  People are happily entertained for a time, me included… that’s fun; sadness; triumph of good over evil and all the stuff of feelings and emotions, but we also need lasting security.  If the content of a book moves us on to a higher search for truth and a belief system based on faith, hope, love, and other commendable qualities, then I personally count that as a “good story”.


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


…just how much I did not know and how excellent it was to learn so many new things.  As I researched and read other reference material, much more objectiveness came into play.  Proofs and explanations… understanding of things, not connected with just my own thoughts.  These served to verify Scripture even more, rather than weaken the things that God has said.


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I was a writer from seven onwards.  Many family members and others received my letters, but when did I realised I wanted to be a writer… well that took another 53 yrs of wandering in the desert.  What a waste!  At 60yrs I looked more deeply into my life and knew I had much to give, so I started with the first word and progressed on from there.


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

This really depends on the book… how much research and formatting is required and any extraneous circumstances, which may influence the completion of the book.  Normally I do not work to a time frame, preferring the manuscript to be completed when it is ready and of course, initially I need a cause or subject matter which I see is worthy.  One year is typical for previous books I have written, but due to Covid-19 delays and distractions, two years has elapsed from start to finish of my latest book, “In Spirit and in Truth”.


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

I have two book writing projects underway.  The first is “Christian Worship Songbook II” for which I have two new songs almost complete and the second is “Nations in Conflict” or something similar…  I tend to change title names several times during the book writing process.  “Nations in Conflict” hopefully will impact the World and change global thinking to align with Faith, Hope & Love.

Books by James A Mullier

In Spirit and in Truth

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Our Author Highlight of the Month: James A Mullier

James Mullier

About

James A Mullier


James lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Kerrie. He has three daughters and four grandchildren. He has been retired from fulltime work for three years. His former occupation was Civil Engineering Designer and now, besides authoring books, he is an avid photographer and occasional song writer.
Over the last ten years James has developed his Christian writing style based on diligent research and study of Scripture. "In Spirit and in Truth" is James' seventh book of which, all are centred on God's Word of Truth.


Books by James A Mullier


In Spirit and in Truth


After seeing Truth diminish in Christian churches and the World alike, this book was written to assist in the identification of trustworthy knowledge, wisdom and understanding. "In Spirit and in Truth" is a reminder of the unchanging utterances of God, clearly stated in original Scripture for all to freely receive.


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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Joesy Knibbs

About

Joesy Knibbs


Joesy is a short story & poetry author who has come from the inner suburbs of Sydney. As a shy city girl, she met a country boy and moved to the north west country town of Gulgong. It was there she learned to manage a pig farm and observed the differences in people and the similarities in animals of all kinds.

Tragedy struck when her husband had a terrible accident which was the driving force for them to move, they settled into the Hawkesbury where she now lives with her family. When Joesy isn’t taking care of her family, she likes to write amazing children’s stories and poetry regarding women’s issues, and occasionally enjoys supporting her grandsons while watching them play rugby league.


Books by Joesy Knibbs


Gerome the Great

Gerome the Great!


When it comes to playing Rugby League, Gerome is a great team member. He is tough and ready to tackle. He plays the game showing his sportsmanship and courage. Learning to be fair at all times. It is important for Gerome and his teammates to play the game with fairness while encouraging other teams to do the same.

It is game day! Gerome and his teammates are looking forward to play their game of Rugby league. Gerome’s running, tackling and kicking skills demonstrate how tough he really is. Come and have fun with Gerome and his teammates…………..


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