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Who are your favorite authors?
Big question and the answer to this changes regularly. Right now, I am immersing myself in cosmology, biology and particle physics via Brian Cox and John Gribbin. I love to feel my mind being expanded by the ideas and knowledge within a book being shared with the reader. Recently, I have enjoyed Yuval Noah Harari, and Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu – I think that every Australian should read Dark Emu.
I read a lot of historical fiction for escapism, as I like to learn new things even when I am losing myself in a good yarn. The authors who have made an indelible impression upon me are Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Orwell, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George Eliot, Tim Winton, Hermann Hesse, and Albert Camus. Philosophically I am a big fan of the sensible ideas put forward by Epicurus.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Right at this juncture, it is writing and editing. In the midst of this global pandemic shut down, it seems the perfect time for contemplation and cleaning up files and records. I am reflecting on the state of my life and the state of humanity. I am podcasting and blogging with some vigour, perhaps with death in the air it motivates one to get one’s affairs in order.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a keen cook and enjoy preparing delicious meals for my small family. I grow a few veggies and lots of fresh herbs for my culinary dabbling. Exercise wise I golf a couple of times a week. I enjoy walking the fairways and swinging my way toward an accountable conclusion. Of course, the coronavirus has put a stop to this past time as of this point in time. I am a regular user of digital devices and they have been a blessing during the COVID-19 lockdown.