T.D. McKinnon

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Born in Scotland in 1950 and raised in the coalmining communities of Scotland and England, T.D. McKinnon joined the British Parachute Regiment when he was just fifteen years old. After spending five years in the British army he worked at a number of occupations including bus driver, furnace-man, builder's labourer, roofer, bouncer, storeman, car salesman, life guard, aquatics manager, private investigator and for many years he was in high risk security: event and venue security, close personal protection, cash and gem escort and armed, rapid response for a national bank group. His close personal protection company had a number of high profile clients including a member of the Spanish royal family and, during his visit to Australia, an a Uni ...more

Queensland author claims Launceston prize

Hello everyone,

I know I'm a bit late with this post, but I've been a trifle bit busy these past few weeks.

I had such an interesting and fulfilling experience judging this short story competition I thought I'd share with you the article about it that appeared in The Examiner.

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'Terra Nullius' (History)
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Description: Based on a true story; Terra Nullius is an historical fiction that chronicles the events of the 19th century through the eyes of the unfortunate race who, at the time, just happened to occupy the best piece of real-estate in the southern hemisphere. The facts of this story are indisputable; aliens invaded the Caretakers’ land and proclaimed the land 'Terra Nullius' (land of none): a neutral or uninhabited area or land not under sovereignty of any recognised political entity and therefore theirs for the taking; with no regard for, or consideration of, the standing residents. Displacing them, the invaders stole their women and systematically murdered, raped and pillaged; spreading disease and decimating their number into virtual extinction. All the characters in this story are actual historical persons; their stories are dramatisations built around factual events. A central character is Trucannini, who witnessed the rape or murder, or both, of her sisters, mother and brother, and the mutilation and murder of her fiancé, and was herself pack raped; all by her sixteenth year. Beginning around two hundred years ago; it took just seventy years to all but obliterate a race of people who had taken care of their land for more than forty thousand years. Terra Nullius is a tale that weaves its way very tightly around the recorded facts of that period; without the gloss, without the whitewash, without the colonial mindset slant that anything written about that era generally contains. Calling a spade a spade, an invader an invader, Terra Nullius gives a very human face, with all the complexities that entails, to the people who were the standing residents of Tasmania, formally Van Diemen's Land; originally simply The Land. Filling in the blanks, so to speak; I have fleshed out the stories behind the facts, presenting probabilities that are far more plausible than those shrewdly alluded by the conquerors, from their colonial point of view.
'Heather Skye Wilson Is the Psychic Warrior' (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: A little later in this century, after global warming had resulted in radical weather patterns, rising sea levels, changing land masses; where depletion of the ozone layer, a limited nuclear war, and the life force of the Earth itself hitting back had all contributed to the shifting of the Earth's axis. In this world, where the main three, separate ideals of 'the one God' had almost entirely wiped each other out; taking control involved altering or rearranging mankind's basic belief structures about the nature of reality: accepting that we, individually and collectively, create and are responsible for our own reality. This is a world where equality is not just an ideal, or a pipe dream; it is a world where mankind begins to recognise that objective reality is an outcome and the direct result of the way we deal with subjective, inner realities. In this world, reincarnation is not a loosely hinted at, largely laughed at concept, but is an accepted, complex, intricate part of mankind's spiritual development. 2087: Seen through the eyes of Heather Skye Wilson, our protagonist, daughter of two of the worlds leading diplomats for 'World Unity', the story begins with her abduction by terrorists when she is twelve years old. The traumatic experience brings Heather into her ‘Control Point’, a phase of psychic development that helps to save her life. Destined by her abilities, genetic heritage and inclinations Heather is drawn more and more into the 'World Unity' cause. With the rebirth of the one God religions, a Messiah is born, and there is a very real danger that the planet will plunge, once more, into religious turmoil. A lot of the action is centred around a newly settled land; a land that, until recent times, had been covered in massive ice fields since before Atlantis' final rise and fall: Antarctica. This is a fast paced multidimensional, speculative, action thriller; two survival stories rolled into one: Heather's and planet Earth's. Both are inexorably linked; they both survive or nobody does.
'I Was a Teenage Devil - But I'm Alright Now! (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: 'I Was a Teenage Devil - But I’m Alright Now!' is a true story. It is the continuing saga of Thomas, our protagonist from 'Surviving the Battleground of Childhood', and follows him into the British army. At just fifteen years of age he swaps the coalmining communities for Aldershot: home of the British Army. In order to escape the environment that bound him, our intrepid survivor joins the Parachute Regiment (the ‘Red Devils’) as a junior leader. The story continues as he struggles to negotiate with his new environment, as one of sixty new recruits, and then follows him as he continues to grow up through the second half of his teens, steeped in the elitism of the ‘Red Devils’. Along the way our hero encounters his fair share of adventures, and misadventures. On one occasion, an old devil comes-a-calling (a predator, disguised in the form of a senior Royal Air Force officer), stirring a rage within, and Thomas decides to commit the ultimate sin! Fully committing himself to the task, can he actually take a life? As he searches for emotional validity, his trysts and affairs of the heart vary from fleeting, to sordid, to totally absorbing. Finally he meets the girl of his dreams and he holds on for all he's worth; has Thomas finally found happiness? Or will it crumble, leaving him with a handful of dust and a sour taste in his mouth? 'Teenage Devil' is a sequel, but it stands on its own, dealing with a different set of, no less significant, moral issues; and it's still a story about growing up.
'John Farrell Is Utrinque Paratus' (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: What is the picture you have of yourself? Everyone has an image of themselves; some keep that picture very private but everyone has one. Can you imagine any circumstance in which you might kill? And if you could, would that necessarily make you a bad person? This is a story of tragedy, friendship, loyalty and enduring devotion; devastating treachery, betrayal, and murder most foul. Propelled by circumstance, John Farrell has to be 'ready for anything'(Utrinque Paratus) as he is taken on a rollercoaster journey from his coalmining community origins in County Durham to Aldershot, the home of the British army, and to war torn Belfast; from London to the poverty ridden streets of Mexico City; from inside the infamous Wormwood Scrubs, to the South of France, to Glasgow, the Scottish Highlands, Berlin and Bangkok. Along the way, influenced by the evil men do, inadvertently it seems, John kills: in desperation, in fear, in anger, in ignorance accidentally. Does that make John Farrell a bad person? You decide! Orphan, boxer, soldier, convict, writer, fighter, loyal friend, protector, loving family man and killer. Killing is something not only evil men do. This is the story of one man's love for his family and the lengths he is prepared to go to safeguard that family. It is about hope, courage and human endurance in the face of adversity. Readers who enjoy a good thriller will love this compelling, character driven, gritty tale, and be able to relate to, and empathise with, its thoroughly believable if, by necessity, sometimes violent hero.
'Surviving the Battleground of Childhood' (Biographies & Memoirs)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: This is the true story of the first fifteen years of a boy's life, growing up in the coal mining communities of Scotland and England in the 1950s and 60s, and how he survives the adversities of that battleground. The book is written on two levels; on the first level it is a compulsive, easy to read, true story. The protagonist's narration compels the reader's empathy as, from his earliest memories, he is beaten by a father who - subjected to the harsh existence of a coal miner, and frustrated by the betrayals of an unfaithful wife - vents his anger on him. After suffering a nervous breakdown in his earliest childhood, Thomas endeavours to escape his father's tyranny and his mother's complacency, but in his search for a nourishing love he falls foul of situations he is ill equipped to deal with; often taking him into forbidden and dangerous areas. Beaten by his father from his earliest memories, sexually molested by two grandfathers; Thomas battled through his childhood, confronting serious challenges, leaning how to be a survivor. Piecing together fragments of his memories he paints a highly picturesque portrait of his developing personality. A poignant and very personal story, sensitively written; there is a lesson here for everyone.
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“The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley.
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

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“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch your step.”
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“I'd like ta kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.”
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“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
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