Ann Massey: Chat & Share
A Lancashire lass,I was born in Bolton in the north-west of England, and grew up in the tough environment of a council estate. My family moved to Perth in Western Australia when I was a teenager.
As sponsored migrants, my family went from the treat of a trip on a luxurious liner to Nissan hut life in a migrant camp. Three weeks later we moved to a house right on the Swan River at Maylands. Leaving isn't an option for today's boat people housed in detention centres. My heart goes out to them.
None of my books are autobiographical, but I have drawn on my life experiences in all my novels. Take SABOTEUR, book one of The Biocide Conspiracy Trilogy:- I was marketing manager of the Daily News when it went the way of afternoon newspapers worldwide. Uncertain what I wanted to do next. I took a temporary position as a governess on Minilya, a sheep and cattle station in the Australian outback. The station was located close to the Carnarvon Tracking Station built for the Gemini Space Program. To entertain my pupils, I invented a story about the International Space Station crash landing on a station very like Minilya.
In fact the hero's sleeping arrangement were based on my own. Not very flash as you can see, but sleeping on the veranda was bliss to sleepless nights in the alternative, a galvanized-iron sweat box.