From the Author:
WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE
A once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a fortune on the racetrack. A blueblood champion standing in for his no-talent twin in one race; an ingenious trick masterfully planned and boldly plotted – with a diverse bunch of human beings living the dream.
Then human nature butts in, changes the rules, and confuses everything.
I write about people and things I’ve known. I dress them up, colour them in, then dip them in words so you can get to know them too. The basic plot of my book is a true story.
I changed it to make it happen like it should have happened.
I live in Australia where the book is set- in the bush, by the sea, in a pumpy resort, in a beautiful city and in a sprawling outback homestead in the west, where the air is fresh, and the stars are bright.
You could call it a love story; the love of money, the love of winning; the love of cheating; the love of being important, and ultimately, the pure love of loving.
I spent thirty-five years in the media. I wrote about food, parties, places, events, fashion shows, racing festivals, opening nights and enigmatic people like the people and things I’ve written about. I also wrote for the theatre and television, and still do.
My work put me in close contact with hundreds of people. I didn’t have to make my characters up. I knew what made them tick, how they thought and behaved, how they won, how they lost, and how they played when the lights were out.
Sex has its moments on my pages, because sex belongs on everyone’s page.
I’ve made it play like a game, sometimes to music, sometimes bizarre, and sometimes wild, like the jockey who rides his best races with an erection – horses for courses.
If the characters I’ve written about seem real to you, it’s because they’re real to me.
As for my book, I’ve read it scores of times, and I’m still honestly surprised at how it ends.