I am a science writer, working as an Honorary Research Associate at LaTrobe University. My most recent book was published by Cambridge University Press under the title: Knowledge and power in prehistoric societies: orality, memory and the transmission of culture. My next book, The Memory Code, was published in July 2016 by Allen & Unwin and later by Atlantic Books in the UK, Pegasus Books in the US and the audio book was published by Audible.
These two new books arise from the experience of writing fifteen earlier books and slowly learning my trade. I have written three popular science books, one e-book, my novel, Avenging Janie, and ten books for schools. The popular science books are The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal, Crocodile: evolution's greatest survivor, and, of course, Spiders: learning to love them. Going out each night to check on my arachnid regulars is one of my greatest pleasures.
With a background in engineering, physics, mathematics, information technology and gifted education, I have spent decades in teaching. My education books, and the courses I have written, encourage students to reach beyond the regular curriculum into the awesome world of knowledge.
I loved my years in education. I loved the research involved in doing a PhD. And now I love having the freedom to draw on all of that and write full time. How lucky am I?