Phil BarlowHistorical fiction, Medieval fiction,
I was originally a mechanic in the Army, completing my apprenticeship and serving in various units around Australia. Since then I have spent time in offices as a secretary, writing accident reports for court hearings and working on a drill rig exploring for gold. After suffering a workplace injury I eventually ended up doing a Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in History and Sociology. This led me into education and after obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Education I taught in High Schools, until writing became a better path for me. While most of my study had been focused on Ancient and European military history, I have since swung my attention more to the East. After a thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking trip to Japan, I have tried to bring some of what I have learned to my readers through my stories. I try to balance my time writing fiction with my continued research, because I feel that a good story is rooted in the reality of everyday life.