In 1798 Economist Reverend Thomas Malthus thought not. His work ‘An Essay on the Principal of Population’ predicted that population growth would outpace our ability to obtain resources, resulting in a global epidemic of famine that would destroy society unless curbed.
Fast forward to 2012. College students Dean Adams and his best friend Felix Pye, unwittingly stumble across the greatest conspiracy in history, and by doing so sign a death warrant. They are forced to run as powerful, high society members of a 200 year old secret Malthusian League attempt to silence them.
The league will stop at nothing to continue its Malthusian cause. Their purpose? To curb population growth and ensure Malthus’ predictions for economic ruin do not come true.
With the aide of detective Isabella Mercena, Dean and Felix go head to head against the evil forces as they attempt to expose the league’s sinister plans to control population. Will they survive to tell the tale and tell it before the next wave of disaster is unleashed on mankind?”
I also love reading Dan Brown and Clive Cussler, so my writing naturally developed into a similar story type.
Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?
What books are currently on your nightstand?
I am currently in the middle of reading a Clive Cussler novel Devil’s Gate
Do you remember the first novel you read?
Tough one, I used to read a lot when I was a kid, I even got a special library card, so I could borrow more books as I read through them so quickly, I loved reading Enid Blyton and The Hardy Boys. My first ‘adult’ novel I can remember is John Grisham’s The Street Lawyer
Is there anything unique about your upbringing that you’d like to share with readers?
My upbringing was different to a so called ‘normal’ upbringing, I was an expatriate kid. I graduated from High School in Singapore, from the Singapore American School, and I have since lived in Shanghai for 5 years and I am currently living in the Netherlands. You can say I have the travelling bug. However, no matter where I go, I always know where home is, and I feel very lucky to be Australian.
What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?
When I first hit the publish button it was a pretty special moment, as was the first sale, and I always get uplifted by a positive review, everytime one comes through I think, ‘ok I can do this. I am a good writer, people do like my work’ as an Indie publisher it comes with a lot of doubt, you wonder if people will like your work, and it can be a hard slog sometimes, so when that reviw comes through, it makes all the hard hours worthwhile.
For my novel The Malthus Conspiracy, I did a lot of research, most of which is included in the back of the book. The book, although fictional, is based on a real theory that Malthus created in 1798 in his essay ‘A Principle of Population’. The basic premise is that he predicted population growth would outstip our ability to get resources, and would result in huge global problems.
Throughout my research I was fascinated to learn that Malthus’ theories were so far reaching, that Charles Darwin even credited Malthus for his work. There were real leagues created after him, and he inspired a lot people and events. Check out the back of my book for more information!
Population growth is a massive issue and heavily debated around the world 14,000 babies are born every hour, so to put the major issues discussed into a fictional novel, may help to bring them more closely to the light.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I outlined my entire book, although I must say during writing the outline did change quite a bit as I got hooked on a different direction.
Which of your stories would make a great movie? Who’d play the lead roles?
Some of my reviews have actually stated that my book would make a great movie, it is fast paced and topical two things I think make a great action movie. I would love to see it turn into a movie! Characters… that is a hard one, maybe Tom Welling or Jared Padalecki as Dean and Jessica Alba as Isabella
Name one website you visit every single day.
I visit the Sydney Morning Herald every day, important to keep on top of the news!