writing as Geoffrey Waring
A product of small town New Zealand, Mike ran away to sea at sixteen to spend ten years wandering a larger world, courtesy of the NZ and Norwegian Merchant Navies. He returned to take Deck Officer examinations, but faster travel to the next port appealed and he gained his first pilot’s licence in 1967.
Over thirty expatriate years he flew Tiger Moths to wide-body airline jets as instructor, bush, corporate and airline pilot, before coming home to farm deer near Nelson. He spends his days talking to his animals, for which he has an abiding affection, and indulging a long-ignored urge to write.
Writing as Geoffrey Waring, his novel Deer Keeper, a novel of New Zealand's West Coast, was published through Oceanbooks in October 2013. Copies can be ordered directly from the author or from Page & Blackmore Booksellers.
A second novel, Billy Boeing's Truck, is scheduled for a mid-2017 launch. This story, from the opaque world of international air freight, is set in Africa where old jet freighters with unusual registrations operate to discrete airports which airline passengers seldom see.
An anthology, led by a novella set in the Arabian Gulf and including nine short stories drawn from life's observations, is being sporadically edited with a view to a launch after the second novel is published.