For over two years now I have been taking calls for a Mitchell Basta, or Vasta. Who is he? No idea. Why am I taking his calls? Because, somehow, my mobile number has become his. At first, because the messages were pre-recorded with a pleasant female, foreign accented, voice and there was no one to … Continue reading The strange and curious case of Mitchell Basta/Vasta
Whenever authors release a new novel, my guess is there are always one or two individuals they would like to read the work, above all other readers. In my case, there were two, who, unfortunately, have both left us. The first was my father, Stan Doust, an avid reader, who once said to me: “Sometimes … Continue reading Two wise men
Great year to release a book, she said. I laughed. I needed a laugh. Clearly, it is not a year for book releases – no launches, no public appearances, no signings. Doesn’t matter if it was the best book you ever wrote, the one to get you in the literary hall of fame. Anyway, there … Continue reading 2020 the year of the book
Thanks, Tash. https://youtu.be/3YWVEhpzT-k
Am I excited? No. Will I be? On the nights? Probably. Here are the two launch dates.
Not long before I left the city to drive south and live forever, I stopped at a roundabout to let a chap go on before me. He had been there first and, although I had right of way, I decided to let him move. He refused. As I moved past I waved and he gave … Continue reading Round and Around
I suppose you’re with all the climate change delusionals? Bob, can I ask you a question? You remember Googilup Brook? Of course, ran right through town. I know you lived on the Boyup Brook side, but when I walked home from school I had to cross it every day and you could put your hand … Continue reading Conversation with an old home-town friend
Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter knocks her writing dream on the head in exchange for a new role as an editor September 7, 2019 I was going to be a writer when I grew up. That belief forged my identity from the age of six, when I won the Keilor City Library short story competition … Continue reading Some people are beyond a casual “thank you”