I’m a writer, not an ‘author’, born in Hawaii and living in New Zealand since forever. I started writing and editing encyclopedia articles full-time my first year out of university (1978) — the best I’ve ever been paid in the field — and worked my way ‘up’ professionally to temp journalist with the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, local history writer for the council in West Auckland, and on to a first abortive murder novel and a novelised play on renaissance Florence, A Machiavellian Plot, submitted to a European competition. Like the local history book, which to this day sits unpublished on council shelves, the manuscript is kept in the 52 miles of Vatican Archives as “an inspired work”. There followed a book on early cinema (1907-36), with promo copies only printed. Since then I have taken on universal themes via the Internet.
My book published November 2007, Beach Boys vs Beatlemania: Rediscovering Sixties Music, could turn your view of the Sixties upside down, fitting my constant approach: debunking accepted ‘facts’ obvious to society at large and erecting an alternative view. I’m gratified that the book rose as high as #23 on Amazon.com’s Music History & Criticism sales ranking; #8 on Amazon-Canada’s ranking in the same category, and #7 in its Performing Arts books. It’s a rivetting 420 pages and can be ordered for as cheap as $17.75 through your local independent bookstore as well as all the biggies, Borders, Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble — or Amazon.co.uk or Tesco’s for you Brits. A strong polemic without photos, it is distributed by Booklocker.com of Florida.
Revised and extended to include every major act, hit song and trend of the 1960s, it is now a series of four ebooks, each illustrated with 60 photos and 200 to 250 pages long, published under the title Sixties Whiteboy Rock at $US 9.99 by my imprint Best Books (Auckland). Discontinued by Amazon, I am currently (December 2013) looking for a new distributor. The series has plenty on your favorite rock genres, Brit and Yank groups, solo performers, disc labels, radio stations and statistics of the era — something on everything you ever wanted to know about the Music Biz in the Sixties. This will be followed up by a companion ebook, working title Black Sixties Rock and its White Disciples, approx 300 pages also fully illustrated with photos in the public domain.
Katy & Kula and the Kervil Kids is a creative nonfiction book self-published and tells about how our little family settled in New Zealand from the States in 1960 and what life was like then for little kids (and our mothers) in our street, a raw suburban subdivision. I am revising my book for broad publication, focusing on the psychological and sociological long-term effects of family cultural dislocation: working title Strangers in Our Own Land: An American Family Dislocated, due out 2014. It might be first published in Beijing/Tianjin, where I have a working relationship with a leading literary magazine editor and publisher of 2,000-word articles from me on Michael Jackson (June 2013) and Marilyn Monroe (March 2014).
I worked during 2011-12 as a book editor for Savant Publications, Honolulu. Please watch for the Path of the Templar novel published 27th December 2012, the second in the JUMPER CHRONICLES series by W C Peever of Massachusetts, who credits me as co-writer of this volume. (We have a companion book underway too, The Last Riders.) For Aignos Publishers in the same city my 13-page essay “Being Psycho in New Zealand” is in the anthology There is No Cholera in Zimbabwe, published November 2013. Please excuse the standard of editing of this volume, which was beyond my control.
A personal project in progress is a fictional play, The Trial of Hone Heke, on the rebel Maori chief, c.1846. The play poses what might have happened had the defeated chief, unable to win back the independence of his people through rebellion, been put on trial by the British authorities ruling on behalf of largely British settlers.
Currently I am most deeply and constantly involved in writing a series of three short novels entitled STREET LIFE, meant for commercial publication, based closely on actual events and my personal experience with street dwellers and others of the marginal underclass of Auckland City, New Zealand. Defying genre definitions, the series is placed somewhere between the social realism of modern Balzac/Maupassant gothic and detective story. The first volume, assuming a viable publisher is found, should be out sometime around mid 2014 or so; the other parts within a year or so later.