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About The Author

A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was

involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg's ensuing battle with

depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist's biography, "My

Brush with Depression," in the hope it would help others facing similar


Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged both his

imagination and altruism. The Star Wars films are his favorites. Dune by

Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures

of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and other books by Charles Dickens and

Ernest Hemingway all left an indelible impression on the young man.

Hemingway's intrepid spirit inspired A.J. to seek out adventures of his

own. Some of Cootes' life highlights include: running with the bulls in

Pamplona, camping at Everest base camp, surfing overhead waves at

Cloudbreak reef in Fiji and standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon in

Arizona. He is a qualified abseiling, caving, and skiing instructor and

has also worked as a cruise director and whale-watching guide.

Today, he lives a quieter life on a farm in the Hunter Valley and is a

director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce,

and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively

known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing,

playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by

Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop.



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