Michael Downes was born in Northern Ireland. He left to travel and see the world. During his travels he worked at many jobs. At present he lives in Victoria, Australia in a small country town with his eldest son.
Michael didn’t start writing until his late twenties. He has a novel published in the UK. Michael was also awarded third prize in a writing competition. He has a few short stories published in magazines.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Herman Melville. His seafaring stories are gloriously vivid. I keep going back to his novella Benito Cereno.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: Probably the Secret Seven. I wasn’t a reader as such, not until I took up the pen in my twenties.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: To a fictional magical land of endless forests and rivers, where man and beast are at peace with one another.
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