Welcome to the personal website of John D’Mille, author and story writer.
The plan behind this website is to introduce enjoyable reading and to record some ideas that might be of benefit to others. John hopes to have several other writers join the Four Seasons Writer's and Readers' Guild and to incorporate as a writers' and readers' home site. We hope the website and the written works introduced here will be enjoyable for you too, our visitors.
Writing historical fiction can be animated by curious observation of the lives of historical personalities and other real people with whom we have shared our own experiences. The people in our lives do not become real characters in the stories but their personalities, their style or lack of it, and their humour are the intuitions that help design the fictional characters.
John D'Mille began an exciting working life as a carpenter’s trainee and travelled through a number of very different fields of employment, partly as a consequence of falling off ladders or some such calamity. Childhood polio limited the choices but the challenges have had some positive outcomes.
It was an era when families suffered painful war losses. Some of the young schoolmates of the day had lost a father. They were specially regarded by the townsfolk. Disabilities of returning soldiers, doctors, nurses and other profesionals were experienced all-over the world.
Books became an important adjunct to the carpenter's tools. Like so many writers, John D'Mille has an abiding interest in history. For this writer, the interest has been in the people who displayed admirable qualities in recovering from terrible crises: Europe and the Americas after the wars; Britain especially in the reign of King George VI. The world is full of writable history but so much of it is well worn and documented. One strain though remains to be explored. The children of the wars is a line of literary promise that seems to have escaped the attention of most historians. D'Mille's small novel, Poor Angelina, e-published on Google, is in that mold. Then there may be stories about Wally, the boy who could not stop becoming a soldier, and Erik, the German flier who migrated to Australia and developed a love for the out-back, the way out-back, where he flew light aircraft rounding-up stock on those hundreds of square miles of cattle runs, building fences, and hunting wild dogs. Erik's real name is a mystery but he showed a deep, silent interest in John's babling about D-Day from an adjoining hospital bed, in 2005. Then Erik told the other side of his story and suddenly, all became clear. Where was Erik on D-Day 1944?
Erik's tale might make a fascinating biographical story, peppered with innovations and wild guesses, but fascinating all the same.
John's wife is Cecily and she does most of the work here. Greg keeps the wheel chair at high speed when his father get out in it. Greg is a down syndrome young man, a valued helper at Vinneys, where he is a volunteer.
Daughter Lisa and her husband Michael, Artist-Art Teacher and Network Manager respectively, raise the grandchildren to great heights of success and stature. Six feet five inches is the record so far. Ciaran, Shahana, Ethan and Annika, keep our lives interesting and enjoyable.