Local man realises writing dream
LOCAL man Matthew Searle has realised a life-long ambition in having his first novel, ‘‘Rogue Spy’’, published.
Born in Kalgoorlie, Matthew moved with his family to Mossman where he was educated at the local high school.
From there he moved to Melbourne, and then overseas where he met his American wife and settled in Alaska for eight years.
A back injury, and a return to the Daintree to help look after his mother, proved the catalyst for Matthew to do something about bringing his dream to fruition.
‘‘I spoke to dad about enrolling in a creative writing course, but he told me to just get on and do it!’’ he said.
‘‘Our experiences in Alaska, such a beautiful country, provided the inspiration.
‘‘During my time in Alaska there was a serial killer on the loose, the only one in the country in modern times, and that started me thinking about a number of scenarios for the book.’’
Matthew said his mother had always been an avid reader, and proved to be a great help in his first novel.
The story follows Australian detective Frank Barnes’ search for a serial killer who fled Australia and pops up in Alaska. Barnes teams up with the beautiful local state trooper Alyssa to bring the killer to justice.
Matthew’s not letting his success stem the creative juices, with a sequel to be titled ‘‘The Severed Feet’’ already underway, as well as one based around Snapper Island involving a bid to stop Japanese whaling.
‘‘Rogue Spy’’ is now available on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com