Today, I’d like to welcome TD McKinnon to the hot seat as my guest on the Thursday Throng. TD is a Scot now living in Tasmania and is the author of Terra Nullius; he has kindly offered a copy of the eBook version of Terra Nullius to one lucky commenter – all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment at the end of this post.
When TD first got in touch he told me a little about the history of Terra Nullius and it had me hooked even before I’d read the book; this is what he said:
“Terra Nullius is a historical fiction about a period in history that has been quite deliberately covered up. When I first moved to Tasmania I began to hear fragments of stories relating to the 19th century settlement of the island; stories hinting at the reasons why you don’t see any black faces, anywhere, in a land that was inhabited for forty or perhaps even fifty thousand years prior to the Colonials. Here was a story crying out to be told.”
I read Terra Nullius in a little over two nights and it made compelling reading; I was both enthralled and enraged by the story. The title Terra Nullius explains the whole – it is a term used for centuries to condone the expansion into what was a little known world and it means ‘No One’s Land. What TD has done is to take a small number of known historical facts about the systematic genocide of an ancient race by the colonialists of the 19thC and weave them into a fantastic piece of fiction that looks at that time from the perspective of the indigenous population. There were times when I found the story hard to bear because it was so graphic in its description of what it could have been like; my heart broke for the people who had been used and abused so cruelly. And yet, at the end of the telling, I feel enriched because of having my world view challenged and my emotions expanded.
Hi TD and I start every interview off with the same question ‘What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you’
I’ve projected a tough guy image for most of my life; you’d have to read my first published book, an autobiographical: ‘Surviving the Battleground of Childhood’, to find out exactly why. Very few people know how much of a sensitive, big softie I am, and the one thing that no-one would usually know about me is: ‘Sad movies always make me cry’. (Linda’s Aside: we won’t tell anyone TD, we’ll keep your secret for you 🙂
I was seven years old and, after coming first in my school’s annual writing competition, my story, ‘Snowdrop the Polar Bear’, had pride of place in the school open-day proceedings. After reading my story, smiling widely, the headmistress announced, “I do believe we have a budding author in our midst.”
A clear snapshot in time, I’ve never forgotten that moment all those years ago, or those words of encouragement; all my life that memory has been a source of nourishment and inspiration, it sustains me still. From that moment on I considered myself a writer; it was a singularly life defining moment, and the most important thing I learned at school was the fact that I am a writer’.
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
One of the best actors in the world just happens to be around my height, weight and build and, as you can see from my photograph, no one else could do the part justice: Christian Bail my doppelgänger. (Linda’s Aside: Nice choice … !)
Where do you find your inspiration?
Many things, and some people, trigger my inspiration but ultimately, and usually waking me in the middle of the night, my inspiration comes from within.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
I’ll answer this question with four of my favourite quotes:
- “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Herman Cain
- “Never give up, never give in.” Winston Churchill.
- “Success, like happiness, is a state of mind.” Unknown origin.
- “Your ideas are as good as anybody else’s if not better!” Moree Jubb (my mother in law). (Linda’s Aside: your mother-in-law sounds like a very wise woman TD)
Are the names of your characters important to you?
The names of my characters are important to me because the characters themselves tell me their names; and when they do, I can no more change them than change my own.
Have you ever written naked?
Not since I moved to Tasmania… Brrrrr
How to bag yourself a FREE copy of the Terra Nullius
If I have tempted you enough with my short review, and you have found TD to be as interesting as I have, then you may want to enter our giveaway to get a free copy of the eBook version of Terra Nullius. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post below, the winner will be drawn in just over a week. Good luck everyone.
Where to buy the book and find out more about TD McKinnon
TD can be found all over the known we; his own website is http://www.tdmckinnon.com. He is also active on Goodreads goodreads.com/author/show/5360776.T_D_McKinnon, on Facebook facebook.com/T.D.McKinnon and on LinkedIn as well linkedin.com/pub/t-d-mckinnon/29/80/14a
You can find my reviews of Terra Nullius on Amazon in the US, the UK and on Goodreads too.
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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not email me to find out more.
If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/