John started his writing career as a radio copywriter at 4BH, at a time when every word broadcast had to be scripted – so as to provide traceability in the event of litigation. This meant copywriters had to produce volume, often at the expense of quality. In the days before TV, radio was a glamour job, and employees were poorly paid because they were easily replaced!
John left after a couple of years to become a technical journal publisher of The Refrigeration Journal for AIRAH, the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Inc. which still exists.
The next chapter of his life was in fire. John founded Saf-Fire Extinguishers, manufacturing a specialist fire extinguisher for farmers to use with farm machinery, particularly at harvest time when machines frequently caused fire in vulnerable crops. Each of John’s businesses have been successful. The last one, Flags of All Nations, has now been acquired by Australia’s market leader to supplement their range.
Retiring from the hurly-burly of business, John needed an occupation for his brain. He’d been writing technical and commercial material all his life, so he turned to fiction as a new challenge.
He is a keen member of Carindale Writers Group. His contributions to the suspense anthology stand testimony to his choice of a retirement career.