Aussie Yarns - Dave Goddard

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Month: October 2016

October Update

Hi and just to let you know where things are up to.


One item for this month has been the release of my second novel, “The WILUNA Solution” as an Audio Book. It’s available through me on the website or, if you to, contact me using Facebook or else using to ask about it. I also understand that a version of “Hiding Place” is close to being produced as well.


I’ve completed the sections I wanted to put up about Self-Publishing. I don’t pretend to be an expert but maybe I’ll say something that will help people if they want to go down the self-publishing line.

At the start of each section, I use this introduction:

I need to make it clear to whomever reads this article that I’m not a university student of literature, nor a lecturer. I don’t even class myself as an author. I say I’m a raconteur who can write logically. But during my study for a first degree, I took a unit called English 10, which I passed. So I enrolled in English 20 for the following year. The focus was on Shakespeare and it took me about three weeks to decide it wasn’t for me. My study continued and I achieved a Ph.D, but in an area far removed from literature. So my formal literature background is limited.  in reading this, therefore, please view me as someone who’s gone from writing formal research reports to creating fictional novels via a process of orally stories. This foray into explaining some intricacies of self-publishing is about why I did it, how, what happened and to share the information with anyone who’s interested. I’m not setting out to be an expert, to try to present a treatise, to outline a new way of writing fiction, to challenge established writing processes or to create a new vernacular to describe writing fiction. I’m just telling my story in language as simple I can muster.


I’m doing a lot of presentations on my writing over the coming months to various clubs and interested entities such as Writers’ Clubs and Writers’ Festivals. If you are someone you know would be interested in having a guest presenter at something like those areas mentioned, feel free to mention my name . Contact can be be made via or else


I’ve put up a second update on how this novel is progressing. It’s under the heading of NOVELS on the website and I am enjoying the process immensely. I say why in the update,

In addition, several more stories are up for reading under SHORT STORIES, and 101.7 presents another reading by Paul this coming Saturday, 29th October.

Trust you are all well.

Turn on a Light Review

Just putting up a copy of the review from the West Australian last week so it’s on-line.11_10_16-turn-on-a-light-review

Thanks to Elaine Fry and Will Yeoman from the paper for their interest in local authors and self-publishing.

Much appreciated.

Turn on a Light Review

I’ve decided to post my section of the review that Elaine Fry did on Turn on a Light. There were seven other authors and books mentioned so if you want to check the whole review out, go to the West Australian for Tuesday 11th October.11_10_16-turn-on-a-light-review

I am particularly interested in the comment at the end of this section of the review which states that my fiction “embodies the possibility of being an ‘extension of reality'”. My research to date hasn’t led me to categories or types of writing that fit that definition. If you have any ideas, feel free to let me know via the website or else at


Media Article and Audio

Hi and two things

For those who missed it in The West Australian, below is a review of “Turn on a Light”. Elaine Fry commented on eight Western Australian novels, including the work of Linda Moore whom I know well and whose work and support I appreciate. Have a look at all eight by going to  today’s edition: Tuesday 11th October 2016, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN today 10

I offered the review Elaine did for me in full below. I thank her for the summary and also acknowledge the support of Will Yeoman of The West.

Authenticity a local highlight

Elaine Fry

Wr16_03_16 Turn-on-a-Lightiting about places that are well known to the author produces novels that feel authentic. The following titles from Western Australian writers attest to their genuine connection to their stories.

Dave Goddard’s third and latest novel, Turn on a Light, (Piccadilly, ebook $11.00) is set in a small Aboriginal community outside Kalgoorlie, where children are inexplicably dying. Seeking to find the reasons why embroils a teacher, newly posted there, in a murky political storm.

A gifted writer with a conscience, Goddard’s writings reflect his experience working in the outback and his genuine appreciation of Aboriginal culture. His fiction embodies the possibility of being “an extension of reality”.


We also collected copies of The WILUNA Solution yesterday in audio book form. It’s in DAISY MP3 format, and we are now waiting for a few CD versions to be forwarded. It’s fascinating to sit and hear the interpretation of someone reading it: the different nuances and emphases placed on different lines and characters. A wonderful experience.

Our thanks to Dinesh Burah and Susie Punch of VisAbility for all their work, Elwyn Edwards as the reader of the story and Jane Gibbs for her support of Elwyn. We are delighted with it as a product, and understand that Hiding Place is now in production.

We will let you know the prices of the different formats of the novel shortly.