I've been many things in my life from a kitchen hand to a ship's steward, an army officer with a twenty plus year career, a marketing executive, project manager, business development consultant, magazine editor - oh, and quite a few variations on those themes. I've also been lucky enough to travel the world widely.
My five-book venture into historical novel-writing resulted in The Rutilius Journals, published between 2006 and 2010. Oh, but what a story Caesar told, and what a shame so few get to read it these days when most people like to get their history off the box and accept what they see as gospel truth. How sad, when so much history is traduced for 'entertainment' and warped by modern 'tastes', i.e: sex and violence.
Using those famous commentaries as a basis for an historical fiction series, my aim was to give Julius Caesar credit for what he was really trying to do and right the wrongs done to him over the millennia by historians who almost unanimously accept the hostile propaganda put about by men who wanted to promote the fiction that the Republic of Rome was some kind of Utopia, enhanced to live on in Rome under the Emperors created by his heirs.
After adding an omnibus edition of these five individual stories to Kindle, I have been persuaded to add my free translation of Caesar's commentaries: De Bello Gallico. I have supplemented this with a little diversion by way of a joint venture with my wife into the culinary expertise of the Romans. We cooked and tasted all of our recipes.
In a moment of madness, I have added a slim memoir of family adventures on a small trailer/sailer, interspersed with 'warries' from my time in Malaya as a young soldier. Someone found it funny enough to give it five stars.
Since completing the Caesar project, I have branched out into lighter fiction - some might call it sci-fi or possibly fantasy - with my "Think Freedom" trilogy, a semi-serious discussion of the risks of venturing into parapsychology - psi. Now someone has embarked upon doing what I thought might be a good fiction idea and proved there is something in it for real.