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So Why Did I Release A Story About Steve Irwin?

21 Feb

Some people might come across the links (below) or

in the course of their ebook browsing.

They might wonder, what made me write this story?

I’ve always been a massive fan of Steve Irwin’s, from the very first time I saw him on TV.

The guy had a love for life, a love for what he was doing and a love for his friends and family. Steve Irwin was a genuinely nice man. And that’s a rarity in this day and age.

I don’t want people thinking I wrote this to cash in on his memory. Far from it, in fact. The ebook is free, the cover was a creative commons image so also free. I’m not making ANYTHING from that story.

I wrote the story as part of my “Year Of Living Bradbury“, and I missed Steve terribly. It didn’t help that I lost my oldest sister to cancer that year too, so it made me think of people I cared about.

I may never have met Steve, but I liked him. I cared about him. He was passionate, and that kind of passion is infectious. He made me care about what I was doing.

He made me see that even though the path wasn’t easy and people weren’t beating my door down to buy my fiction, I had to keep on trying, to keep on going until I did make it. And I have made it.

If anyone who knew Steve (or Terri or Bindi) do happen to read this, let them know, I wrote that story because I wanted to express how Steve inspired me. I wanted to capture his essence, feel his presence once again, even if it was something I was dreaming up.

I wrote Steve how I perceived Steve. He might not have sworn as much (probably me typecasting the Aussies there, sorry) but I do feel that his passion for what he was doing wouldn’t have changed what happened.

We can only dream about what might have been. In my case, I chose to write about it.

This story is my thanks to Steve for what he gave us. His unabated passion.

We miss you Steve Irwin.