Well, let me try and tell you a little bit about myself in a few words.
I love to write. It’s a compulsion, an addiction, and if I’m not doing it every day, my eyes start to twitch and I become grumpy. When I’m not working a ten-hour day, chasing our three young children around, or mowing lawns on our one-acre property on the outskirts of Melbourne, I’m writing. Out of high school I started at a manufacturing facility where a couple of my friends worked, and have never left. We no longer manufacture, but I’ve been lucky enough to have a variety of jobs, including the one I’m in now, a senior logistics role.
A long, long time ago, in a small bedroom in my parents’ house, I started writing stories. It was after finishing The Green Mile that I felt an insatiable desire to see what I could do. It was terrible, and I should have known that would be the case, because I was poor at English in school. My grammar was … lacking. I realized I had a lot of work to do, so that’s what I did. I spent many more years writing rubbish (some might argue I still do), but slowly it improved. I wrote short stories, mostly horror, and a few long sci-fi novels. I submitted the shorts to e-zines and collected rejection letters, most with a touch of encouragement. The word count grew, but my dreams of becoming a published author diminished. In hindsight, I had my head stuck in the sand about the amount of effort it took to write something decent. Still, I stuck with it, tapping away and moving from one unfinished story to the next.
At the end of 2012, I decided I had to send something off to a publisher. Still unknowing of the e-book and independent publishing revolution taking place, I proceeded with the traditional channel, but then discovered KDP, read about it, and was sold. But I kept focusing on the idea that I had to write something completely original, an idea that had never been touched, otherwise. The first work I self-published was targeted at a different market.
In June, I read a post by Hugh Howey that changed my thinking. I realized I had to write about something I loved, that had been done, for which there was a legion of readers out there. Zombies. I struggled to survive each week until the next episode of The Walking Dead. I thought what about a novel set in Australia? We had some pretty cool places and landscapes to write about …
And now here I am, ready to launch my first full zombie novel. Whether people read it or not, the journey I’ve taken over the last few months has been incredible. Writing this zombie novel, I’ve met some of the most amazing, friendly people you could hope to meet, and I’d hate to think of not having met them.
Thanks for taking the time to read about me!
Owen Baillie was born in Melbourne, Australia in the mid 1970’s. He finished high school in the early ‘90s, and began working in a manufacturing facility for a consumer goods company. Nineteen years later he is still there, and now finds himself in a senior management role. He began punching out short stories in the late ‘90s, and managed to hack out a number of stand-alone novels in the 2000’s. He is now finalizing the first book in a projected nine zombie/post-apocalyptic series set in Australia. He lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with his wife and three young daughters.