PJ McDermott, best selling author of young adult fiction

I was raised in a council housing estate in the town of Paisley in Scotland. Ferguslie Park was like many places in the west of Scotland at that time: bleak, rough and tough. (The perfect setting for my first novel, Small Fish Big Fish

Life in the sixties uk
I can remember reading this one when it came out in 1963. Wish I still had it!

A comic bookstore called ‘Yankee Mags’ helped me escape from reality when I needed to. And even though I found life in the sixties UK exhilarating (yes – plenty of parties, movies, dancing, drinking – all of which found its way into my writing) I never lost my love for reading. But Superman and Spiderman eventually gave way to science fiction books for young adults by the likes of Asimov, Herbert, Niven, Moorcock and Le Guin. (Although I still love the superheroes.)

At twenty-seven, I was lucky enough to met a lass from Australia and pretty soon she convinced me to begin a new life on the other side of the globe. These days, I’m happily settled in the coastal town of Torquay near Melbourne and have two children, Fiona and Gill, and three very naughty grandkids called Mia, Ryder and Ethan (not to forget Bonnie, my pet Spoodle.)

It wasn’t until much later I thought to try my hand at writing.


Mia wearing her penguin earrings, and surfer-boys, Ethan and Ryder.
Science fiction star, Bonnie.
Bonnie in the jaws of the crocodile (featured in Fractured Prophecy, episode four of Prosperine)

After a successful career in Marketing for Telstra, Yellow Pages, and CPA Australia, I decided to abandon the corporate rat race to concentrate on my writing. I produced the four-part science fiction series, Prosperine, as well as the coming-of-age fiction Small Fish Big Fish set in 1960’s Scotland. If you would like to know more about the reality of growing up in a tough neighborhood, read about it here.

Click here if you would like to read my free science fiction ebook for young adults: The Alien Corps.

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