Paul is both traditionally published and an indie author, of five novels. He has also won numerous prizes for his short stories, both in Australia and overseas and has been awarded writing residencies at Olvar Wood and the Susan Pritchard Writing Centre in Perth. He volunteers to teach creative writing to U3A members on the Sunshine Coast and is currently undertaking a Masters in Creative Writing through Macquarie University.
In the Broken Places
Death watcher, Levi Monk, is coerced into delivering a deathbed letter to the deceased’s former lover, Sara. Too late they discover the letter has been impregnated with spores that will kill them within three months unless they recover two ancient orbs that have the power to reanimate the dead and so bring Sara’s former partner back to life. Levi enlists his mentor, Hiro, to help them recover the relics. Adapting the ancient art of kintsugi Hiro dispatches Sara and Levi into a parallel medieval world on the brink of war. Here they must overcome palace intrigue, betrayal and dark magic before returning with only one of the orbs and a partially burnt map to the other. Now they must unravel the mystery to find the second orb while staying ahead of a ruthless cabal obsessed with using the orbs as a short cut to immortality. Throughout Sara and Levi must overcome the demons from their past and learn to trust while doing their best to ignore the growing attraction between them.
Mine the Darkness
Weather doesn’t just happen; it’s made. Once every hundred years the climate must be re-balanced by activating the five Elemental Scrolls but Jessica, the only member of the coven who can do so, has gone missing. Milt, mid forties and Wallace – a reluctant witch/Detective with Qld Police – are ruthlessly manipulated into finding Jessica before the world flips into permanent drought, or the next ice age. Equally determined to beat them to the Scrolls is Dragos, a demon who wants to access the legendary fifth Scroll (Akashic) that bars the Demon’s Gate. If he can open this portal the parallel worlds of demons and men will be cataclysmically joined for the next hundred years. Through it all Milt and Wallace must struggle through the detritus of their failed former relationship: Milt by appreciating that he is not an emotional island and Wallace in permitting trust to grow from the previous deep wounds of betrayal.
Last Caravan to Carmelsara
Adventure, magic and a slow burn romance between two people who can’t stand each other. The Torian, head of the Commonwealth, is dying and his replacement has not yet been found. Neah, a warrior princess and former slave, receives a prophecy that the new Torian will be one of 800 refugees in a caravan fleeing the invading Shaelene army. Shayla, a dark sorceress and Queen of the Shaelene, is equally determined to find and kill the new Torian before he, or she, can be anointed. Caleb, a disgraced Commander in the Commonwealth army, has been charged with protecting the caravan. Provided with only seven soldiers and a duplicitous wizard to help him he is given little chance. Trapped within the forced intimacy of the caravan Caleb and Neah must try and thrust aside their bitter hostilities in order to protect the new Torian from the marauding Shaelene, Shayla’s assassins and a host of mythical, vicious creatures that stand between them and the safety of Carmelsara. In doing so they will have to leave the relative safety of their natural distrust and together weave something new and untried because in a world overtaken by greed only love has the power to save it. If they fail the whole world will fall into decades of darkness.