Books and me

Nick Buchan - Deadline Zombie book reviewerFor as long as I can remember stories and books have been at the core of everything I do. Listening to stories occasionally got me out of trouble, telling tales regularly got me into trouble, while my fondness for a good yarn definitely drove me to become a journalist.

To know me, you should also know that I love words. I love books, I adore novels, and I live and breathe everything from science fiction, graphic novels and military history to crime, humour, philosophy, politics, even textbooks.

I love hearing and reading sagas, I love finding and telling anecdotes, I love digging into an issue to find out what is really going on, and just as importantly, why. I love deconstructing things in search of an answer – not always the answer, but as close to the truth as I can get.

To be honest, there wasn’t much choice. I can’t draw, don’t have green thumbs, hate speaking in front of crowds, while my ability with numbers extends no further than successfully spelling them.

My background is in journalism but I now work in the communications. Reporting is fun – it’s a great life if you’re young and single – chasing fire engines by day, riding the police scanner by night… but man do the hours suck.

I love cricket, documentaries and movies, and I’m addicted to Kickstarter. I will follow the mighty St George_Illawarra Dragons until they win another 11 in a row (or until I die, whichever comes sooner). I also dream of finding the perfect computer role-playing game – I have high hopes for Project Eternity.

I’m on the wrong side of 40 and live in Sydney with my beautiful wife and our German Shepherd.

Please enjoy Deadline Zombie.

Nick

Other cool websites

Galey's Books: Ruminations on books and reading
Marianne de Pierres: Australian science fiction author
Ian Irvine: 'The truth about publishing'
streetwraith.net: Discussions of self-published books