Just when I was down-and-out, when my freelance copywriting business of 10 years had hit the skids, I went bankrupt.
Strange things started to happen.
What was going on?
You’d think I had started a new life without intending to.
New things, new ideas, new open doors were rushing towards me.
Which is where my story begins.
My first thought was survival.
I needed a place to live.
I had nothing.
I’d been offered a small Victorian holiday flat in a quiet springs resort in the Wombat Forest about one and a half hours from Melbourne.
I packed all my stuff into my car and went to the Central Highlands.
My life, as I knew it, was over.
I arrived with nothing, to nothing, with nothing to do.
Soon I was offered an old caravan for almost nothing.
I moved in and lived there for the next 5 years.
Parked precariously outside my benefactor’s home in the hills I could relax at last.
He created evocative airbrush paintings under the house.
She was a devoted follower of Sai Baba, her Indian Hindu guru.
An interesting couple.
We had many inspiring conversations.
The kind of mental and spiritual stimulus I’d been missing in the corporate world.
It was my new life among the sweet smells of Nature and the soothing sounds of the birds and the waterfall outside the caravan.
I felt at home there to ponder my fate and, well, to recover from the stresses of the past.
Then something happened that woke me from my reflective mood.
A file of documents about an historical mystery fell into my lap.
There was a friendly ghost from the past.
I’d been given, very mysteriously, a new challenge and my mind was off again.
And that mysterious file was the start of a new adventure that had my mind racing in a whole new direction I had not anticipated.
Which is where the intriguing material from the mystery file grabbed my attention.
Which soon became the focus of a new and amazing true story.
A 250-page book, a true story.
I’ve given my book a knockout title.
A very different title for a very different kind of book.
Of survival without money.
Of the paranormal.
And of the romantic.
Of a hushed up secret from the early days of British exploration around Australia and New Zealand.
One reviewer calls it “fun and entertaining”.
It’s an exciting story that took me to the other side of the planet chasing clues to a true historical romantic mystery across 5 countries.
I’ll tell you more next time.
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Love and Peace,