Lo­cal man re­alises writ­ing dream

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Rod Kil­ner

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

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