As you can see, I have a very imaginative mind. An inventive mind. I can take any idea and run with it, just for the fun of it.
That’s how I came up with the Urban Hunters series.
So the boy needed hunting skills too but how and where would he have learned them? An Aboriginal boy from the bush would have some amazing skills. And if I put him in the city, completely out of his comfort zone, well, the possibilities were endless. But what on earth would bring an Aboriginal boy from the bush to the city, and what was he still doing in the bush in this day and age? Well that’s where the story really got interesting – creating his back story. It turned out to be so amazing that it started dominating the whole story. Taking away from my original idea of the feral street kids theme. So I had to find a way of combining them. And combine them I did.
Billy’s family have been living hidden in the bush for the last 48 years. Hiding from the white government who were about to steal Billy’s father from his father, as a baby, to give him to white folk to bring him up proper. Two families fled the government missions back to the bush. It’s now 2011 and they’ve been hiding all this time. However the isolation and harsh conditions have decimated the small tribe leaving only a small clan of men, destined to die out. Billy’s mother comes to him in a dream asking him to go to where the whitefellas live, to see if it’s safe for his family to come out of hiding. His great-grandfather explains to him that really, if they don’t find some girls for Billy and his brothers, it will mean the end of the Dreamtime. So, after painful initiations that turn the boy into a man, Billy sets off for the city, wearing nothing more than a loincloth and having never even seen a girl before.
What ensues is hilarious, heartwarming and inspirational. Billy and Amber’s adventures will have you laughing your head off, crying your eyes out and wishing you could join them.
As soon as the rustic knife idea evolved into the street kids, I knew I had a great story. And then when Billy and his back story came onto the scene, well, that was truly exciting. I just had to tell it.
I’m a keen hunter with a love of writing, however I only ever wrote up my hunts in my hunting journal. I ended up elaborating of course, turning them into hunting stories that I showed my hunting buddies. They said I should write a book. That’s why I developed the idea of the rustic knives into the Urban Hunters series.
I spent the next four years writing thirteen episodes into an amazing story. As of December 2011, #3, “Walkabout”, is currently being edited and proofread and is due for release within weeks. I could have released the episodes as I wrote them, however having never written anything professionally before, I figured by the time I finished the thirteen episodes, my writing would have improved to a point that I could be proud, hopefully...