Before I took what some might describe as a step down and became
a journalist, I was an 'incurable' drug addict, criminal and
jailbird. This is the story of my fall into the underworld and how
I found a pathway out.
In jail, I became friends with the future overlord of New
Zealand's most dangerous criminal organisation, Terry Clark, and
his offsider, Errol Hincksman.
Nearly 10 years later, my liver shot from hepatitis, I tried to
study journalism by day while burgling narcotics from chemist shops
Not long after, presented with the stark choice of change or
death, I began a long journey back to becoming the person I might
have been had I taken a different path many years before.
The story contains jail fights, escape attempts, LSD-fueled
nightmares, double-crossings, violent armed rip-offs and a
The epilogue is set in Sydney, many years later. By then I was
an editor, free-diver and spearfisherman, clean for years and
utterly removed from my former life.
I believe its principle merit is that it offers those in similar
situations evidence that they aren't alone, and that there is a way
out of what seems like an inescapable maze.
I am working on my third draft of the manuscript, and need your
help to take it to the next stage. The first $1000 raised will
cover the cost of a professional assessment by an experienced book
editor, and any additional donations will go towards the $3000 cost
of a full edit.
Thank you for your support.