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Darrell Pitt


Darrell is the author of the Jack Mason adventures. After first dreaming of becoming a writer at age twelve, he caught the ebook self-publishing wave in 2011. One of his books became Canadian website Wattpad’s most read adventure stories in 2013. This success in ebook self-publishing led to an unprecedented eight book deal with Text Publishing.

Where were you born?

I was born in Sydney, but I think my father was from Mars and my mum was from Venus. So, I’m alien.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve had too many jobs to list, but I worked in the office at Taronga Zoo for a while as well as being a software analyst for the Australian Stock Exchange. And I sold balloons at Circular Quay as a part-time job. Oh, and home loans from door-to-door. Like I said, too many jobs to mention.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Action, adventure, larger than life heroes, death-defying situations. And humour, my own special blend that tastes a little like Rocky Road, peppermint choc-chip and hokey pokey ice-cream, all mixed together.

What have been the highlights of your career?

I took out first place in the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Foundation Short Story competition in 2001. After making my mark with self-publishing, I became one of Wattpad’s most successful authors in 2013. Signing an eight book publishing deal with Text Publishing was a first, not just for myself, but for the company as well.

On a personal level, my wife and I were two of the organisers of a Guinness Book of Records World Record attempt for the Largest Number of People Dancing the Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show. This raised money for Peterborough Special School. We were helped to initiate the Great Illawarra Walk, a fundraiser for Children’s Charities that has now raised over $200,000.

I have not been to space yet, but I’m still hoping.

Where have your works been published?

As an ebook author, thanks to Amazon, all over the planet. The Jack Mason adventures, beginning with The Firebird Mystery, signals my foray into the world of traditional publishing. The first three books in this series are due to appear in 2014.

What are you passionate about?

Reading! It’s a vitally important skill and we need to encourage kids to read, whether it be comics, classic literature or full-blown adventure novels. Reading is the key that opens the door to the world.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

My books are a blend of humour and adventure. Imagine Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett falling into a mix-master with a boxed set edition of the Die Hard films. What emerges from the mix? Darrell Pitt!

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