Battle of Bands Novel

This book has been in the making for literally three decades. First putting pencil to paper back in 1991, I wrote the first chapter or so while spending two nights in a hospital bed at Mossman, North Queensland. This was followed by many countless late nights writing bits and pieces over the years, even decades. The past two to three years have been more intense, borderline obsessed with the completion of writing, hiring, and collaborating with professional editors.

The book was born around a handful of songs that had been written and performed. The song ‘Carefully Sold’ was written on a farm when I was 19 and various other songs over the years.

Having whooping cough in early 2010s damaged my vocal cords, destroyed my confidence, and my self-esteem. Visiting dark and stormy places in my mind, I haven’t sung nor played in my band, Lizardskin, or any form since. A feeling of dead-man walking cursed me. Writing this story became a positive creative outlet, shining a much-needed light during the darkest of times.

Those who know me well will know I get no more thrill and enjoyment than out of telling and sharing a good story or yarn over a few beers. I hope you enjoy my first attempt of story-writing and novel.

Battle of Bands

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In the early to mid-’80s, Archie and Lucy Saunders live on their farm near Netherby, a small town, where 12-year-old Lucy witnesses her mother’s death from a tragic horse-riding accident. Concerned about his children’s futures, their father relocates them to the hustle and bustle of North Melbourne to a private Catholic school. But this new life isn’t enough to save Lucy. Forever influenced by her mother’s dead, Lucy spirals out of control into the deep, dark, twisted underground in Melbourne. Meanwhile, Archie reaches for the stars to win the Battle of the Bands competition and fulfill his dream to follow in his father’s footsteps as a singer and entertainer. The competition winner has an opportunity to support “INXS” the biggest band in Australia; and the chance for his band to perform live on Countdown. There’s only one thing stopping them, an arch-rival band who has the same agenda.

                                                 ‘To win at any cost

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