Interview date: August 11, 2013.
You’re from what much of the world calls “Down Under.” Granted that you’ve never been a North American, do you think Australians look at the world a whole lot differently than North Americans do?
MB: Well, apparently we are more like Canadians in temperament, if that helps. We don’t wear our hearts on our sleeves. Laconic might be the word.
Also, we don’t fear our government and feel the need to defend ourselves from it. Australia is a great deal more secular, which is sad.
Obviously, while there are a number of bestselling independent authors, most do this on the side. What is your “day job”?
MB: I’m a self-employed graphic designer, which saves money on book design and typesetting! Not all of my clients provide “commercial quality” text, so I have learned to edit over the years. Although, I still need editors for my books. Everyone needs editing.
When did you decide you wanted to start writing, and what motivated you?