Pete Barker left school at 16 due to a mutual lack of interest. He found much more exciting things to do working in car factories, mines, power stations and other noisy, greasy places full of giant machines. He went on to travel across Asia, Europe, and Africa for several years before studying for a degree in English Literature in the United States. Luckily – or not – he took a second major in Journalism which led to working as a reporter, photographer and editor at magazines and newspapers in the U.S., Hong Kong and Australia. These days he avoids work by pretending to be a freelance journalist while trying to write two books at once (it’s a Gemini thing) and tinkering with noisy, greasy old motorbikes.
D. S. Hodges lives in Cairns, Australia with his wife Angela and two children. He is owned by a cat who sits on a chair next to him as he writes. Dave is hoping the cat will one day provide inspiration, but all the cat ever does is sleep.
Over the course of his life, Dave has had numerous jobs: he worked as a baker in the family business, as a computer programmer, as a business analyst and finally a project manager. He now writes full time, and has published three books. Two of his books are in the Blaise Hall series: The Barlow Bridge Machine and Retribution. The third book is Little Miss Muffet, the story of the 1921 Mount Mulligan mining disaster. To learn more about these books, go to www.dshodges.info