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About the author – me!
(Hint: that’s not me on the right. That’s a cute little Jacky Lizard waving – they really do do that!)

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First off, here’s the formal, third-person, description of me that you may have seen on other sites, plus an image that may, or may not, have appeared elsewhere:

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G. M. Worboys grew up on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia.  Education and life led him to the city, first Melbourne and then Sydney.  After almost twenty years he decided enough was enough and moved to a small bush block in the southern tablelands of New South Wales, from which he continues to create computer software for clients far removed from the kangaroos and goannas that stare in at him through the office window.  A life-long obsession with books finally led him back to writing, an interest that for many years had seen exercise only in technical writing and scarily long emails.

Dryad was his first novel, inspired in part by the trees and the life that is so varied and abundant even in the dry of the Australian bush.  Naiad and Nereid complete this first contemporary fantasy series, The Narun, but the writing hasn’t stopped.

That third-person stuff is hard to keep up in this context, and not really appropriate for a personal website anyway, so …

The ‘G’ stands for Geoff, that’s me.  Hi.

This is my first, and so far only, personal website, though I’ve had a business related site for several years. This may seem a little strange when you learn that I’ve been on the Internet since 1995, and before that it was Compuserve and before that various old-fashioned bulletin-board services.

As the above should make clear: I’m a relatively private person, so don’t expect lots of deep personal secrets to be revealed here. But ask me about books and reading (and now writing) and you’ll have a hard time shutting me up.

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I think Enid Blyton is probably the first author that I used to chase down every book I could find (Brer Rabbit, The Magic Faraway Tree, Famous Five, Secret Seven and so on). Not long after that it was probably Joseph E. Chipperfield (Rex of LarkBorough, Grey Chieftain etc.). Also Elyne Mitchell (The Silver Brumby and the rest of that series). There were more, but you get the idea.

In high school I was mad for science-fiction, the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and so on … but then I found The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and fell in love with fantasy. Later it was The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson that had me completely hooked. (And they both still do.)

My reading since then has widened, but I still love fantasy – and the occasional well done science-fiction. Some of the other authors I love, and continue to re-read their books on a regular basis, include (in no particular order): Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Robert Goddard, Richard North Patterson, Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Patrick Tilley, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Moorcock. And I can’t leave off J.K. Rowling, simply astounding. I could go on an on (and you probably think I have already), but that’s enough for now.

I can’t compare my efforts to the authors I’ve listed above. They are inspiring but also daunting. I guess they have all influenced my writing – both in style and in subject matter – but their real importance in my life has been having their books as friends and companions.

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