The cities and regions of France have been an inspiration for many writers. I enjoyed researching the French locations for my novel Peloton of Two. Somehow, when I should have been working on the research, I also found myself rereading my favourite novels set in France and discovering new ones.
A recent visit to Brisbane gave me the opportunity to do a little location scouting for Crossing Live, my second novel. Crossing Live is set in and around Brisbane in 1990, and it follows a few weeks in the life of Roland Kendall, who finds himself working at a struggling television station, Channel 5 Brisbane.
Just like Brisbane’s real commercial television stations, Channel 5 has its studios on Mt. Coot-tha, a low ridge on the edge of the city’s western suburbs. Mt. Coot-tha is also a tourist attraction. The summit lookout gives visitors a panoramic view over Brisbane. [Read more…]
My next novel, Crossing Live, is nearing completion and will be available as an ebook on Amazon soon. A summary of the story is below. On publication it will be available free for a short time. If you’d like to be notified when the book is available, click on the orange link below.
Channel 5 Brisbane is in deep ratings trouble and a pair of unorthodox Americans have come in to turn things around. When they ask for a local person to join their team, the station’s marginalised chief executive chooses his friend Roland Kendall for the job.
Roland isn’t everyone’s idea of a turnaround expert. He shuns the fast lane of life and freely admits he knows nothing about television. But he is ultra-loyal to Phil Porter, the head of Channel 5, and agrees to act as his eyes and ears, the cuckoo in the consultants’ nest. [Read more…]
There’s something irresistible about a hunt for buried treasure, especially when the prize is $50,000 in solid gold.
When Roland Kendall, the hero of Crossing Live, is asked to organise a viewer competition for Channel 5 News, it doesn’t take him long to come up with the idea of burying the prize and launching a treasure hunt.
He isn’t the first person to think of a competition like this. It’s been done many times before. Perhaps the most famous example is Masquerade, a 1979 pictorial book containing clues to the location of a golden jewelled hare. The prize was buried somewhere in England and found three years later after a hunt that sparked worldwide interest. [Read more…]
I was asked recently about the cycling routes in France that I have travelled and thought it would be helpful to describe them here.
Peloton of Two is a work of fiction. The route followed by Catherine and her various companions was created especially to complement the story. It’s a perfectly workable Tour de France but not one, as far as I am aware, that anyone has actually followed.
My own travels by bicycle in France have mostly been limited to holidays of two-and-a-half weeks or less. The cycling routes in France that I have followed during those holidays are listed below. There are nine routes covering a distance of almost 4,000km.