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Sydney, Australia
About Me:
I was born in Melbourne a while back and after a long career as a photographer and photo educator and living and working at times in the US and Asia I finally settled in Sydney. One day I decided to see if that substitute English teacher I had in my second year of high school was full of hot air when he told me I showed promise as a writer. With three novels published and two more under contract it seems like he may have been right. Better late than never I suppose. When not writing I teach at The Australian Centre for Photography and live at beautiful Bondi Beach with a beautiful woman writer/director who fearlessly edits what I write. We both enjoy travel, eating interesting food and I love to cook, which is handy as she doesn’t.
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I’ll pretty much read anything with words on it, especially anything on photography history, food, crime, espionage and humour. I’m also a rabid re-reader, which is handy for an author approaching a seventh or eighth draft. There are always at least a dozen books on the bedside table which might include le Carré, Deighton, Chandler, Hiaasen, Friedman (Kinky), MFK Fisher – I think my age is showing. My writers’ writer is Raymond Carver – now there’s a man to show you what can be done with a couple of hundred well chosen words.
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Love lots of movies – top of mind are Get Carter (original), The Ipcress File, Hard Candy, Barton Fink, Fargo, Apocalypse Now, Wag the Dog, The Player, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Also, there are some really well written things showing up on the box of late. Mad Men, Boston Legal, The Riches, Deadwood, The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert are on the ‘don’t miss’ list. Also Anthony Bourdain.

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That makes 2!

By Golly, nothing posted here since I won the Australian Crime Writers Association's Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2011 for THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL. Not a lot happening since then apart from me writing a sequel entitled BLACKWATTLE CREEK and on Saturday last it won the 2013 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction.

I lack both a…


Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:17pm


On the same day they finally indentified Ned Kelly’s decapitated skeleton I wound up in Melbourne with his head. Well not Kelly's still missing skull exactly but a miniature version of the outlaws famous iron helmet. It’s what they give you when you win a Ned Kelly award. When I first saw the long list for the 2011 Neds the last thing on my mind was going to Melbourne. The list always has some heavy hitters, including previous winners, but this year there were more than a few. Getting…


Posted on September 3, 2011 at 10:22am — 1 Comment


There is suddenly a bit of an online buzz about the TV movie "Mega Piranha." It’s showing on the SyFy channel in the US on April 10th and is about mutant Piranhas making their way from the Amazon to Florida and going on a killing spree.

The tagline is: "They were…


Posted on March 31, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


So here’s the story: I finish my latest book and shoot it off to the publisher and decide to check out what’s been happening on my website recently. A handy little piece of free software called STATCOUNTER lets me see who has been visiting and for how long and from whence they came.

I’ve been getting hits from all sorts of amazing places which might have to do with the fact that the audio book of my first novel has been hijacked and can be downloaded for free from multiple sites. The… Continue

Posted on May 24, 2008 at 1:19pm — 5 Comments

Have you ever killed a man with your bare hands?

‘Have you ever killed a man with your bare hands?’

‘I beg your pardon?’ I said.

The publicist smiled. ‘Have you ever killed a man with your bare hands? You know, choked the life out him, crushed his windpipe, dug your fingers in till his larynx collapsed and the veins bulged out on his temple.’

I shook my head. ‘No, sorry.’

She smiled. ‘Garrotted anyone?’

I shook my head again.

‘Shot, perhaps,’ she suggested, ‘stabbed,… Continue

Posted on March 1, 2008 at 6:54am — 1 Comment

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At 4:33pm on July 6, 2008, JJ Cooper said…
Hi Geoff,

Thanks for the link to Ian's article. I had read some of it before, but had a look at it again. Makes for some great advice. Also make me realise how fortunate I am to have made it this far. Thanks again for the link and good luck with your editing.

At 12:36am on July 6, 2008, JJ Cooper said…
Hi Geoff,

It looks like we'll be going for an August release next year for Interrogated. Definately can't wait to walk into the local bookshop and see it on the shelf. I'm also relatively new to the business and was fortunate enough to get picked up fairly quickly. Still lots to learn.

I'm guessing we'll be bumping into each other from time to time. Look forward to it. Thanks again.

At 9:06am on June 17, 2008, Donna Carrick said…
Now this is an interesting space....
I can see you love your work, Geoff!
Hats off!
Donna Carrick
At 4:58am on February 25, 2008, Carola Dunn said…
I've been in Oregon for 14 years now, after 20 in Southern California, and I love it. Even sitting here looking out a a mixture of fog and rain, I love it. Here in Eugene we get 5 months of spring, my favourite season. We're 80 miles from miles of deserted beaches (OK, so you need a wetsuit) and 80 miles from the mountains, and in spite of the abominable clear-cutting, there's forest everywhere. We get top classical artists visiting (eg Yoyo Ma) yet it takes only ten minutes to get home from a symphony concert, 15 from a univ. concert. 20 minutes from the city centre you can buy your produce direct from the farm. I grow apples cherries blackberries blueberries raspberries strawberries rhubarb redcurrants blackcurrants, plums---well, I could go on rhapsodising forever. Next time you come to the US, visit the beautiful Northwest!
At 5:05pm on February 24, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Geoff,

I can almost see you walking through those dank, fog shrouded streets. As yousay, the Ripper stillholds a fascination for so many people around the world, mostly I think because he is stil unidentified. Glad you anjoyed the video trailer, and look forward to hearing from you again.

Best regards

At 9:52am on February 24, 2008, Carola Dunn said…
Hi, Geoff,
I just saw your comment on LJ Sellers page--she's more or less a neighbour of mine in Eugene and we sat next to each other at the last local authors fair.

I had some help with dialogue from very kind Aussies when I wrote Gunpowder Plot, which has two Australian characters.

I very much enjoy Arthur Upfield's Boney books, but I understand Aussies have mixed feelings about them. What's your opinion?

At 9:54pm on February 23, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
I'm a non-Aussie with quite a few publishing credits in Australia to my name. Great trailer Geoff! See mine on my page if you have a minute or two to spare


At 2:41pm on February 23, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
First: Are non-Aussie's allowed to post here?
Second: In response to your blog: Geoffrey definitely has a more literary ring. But Geoff doesn't scare me away. Not like Ry Cooder the accountant.
At 12:10pm on February 21, 2008, Lindy Cameron said…
Hi Geoff
Loved your author-to-author entry - obviously, seeing I was the other author.
It was great to meet you and your gorgeous partner.
Really wish I got the Didge player to take a photo of us all.
I have, however, uploaded a couple of pics from our Sydney trip onto my page - including the hijacked LNG tanker, I mean giant car carrier hanging around Fort Denison.
I really really enjoyed Sensitive New Age Spy but - while I was reading it that week in Sydney - I kept expecting at every corner we turned, to bump into Alby or some of the action that was going on in the book. Sign of a good writer when your reader gets your story confused with real life.
We will be chatting with a few of the Sisters in Crime tomorrow night about 'our' grand idea for promotion...Stay tuned.
At 8:44am on February 16, 2008, Meredith Anthony said…
Thanks for your note, Geoff. Are you coming to New York for Thrillerfest? Meredith

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