About Shane

Shane Pinnegar has been many things in his fifty-something years.

May 2020


From awkward teen and IT Help Desk guru (have you turned it off and on again?); Shane spent several years backpacking and working through Europe and North America enjoying misadventures at every turn; indulged his creativity and passion for food by working as a chef in five countries; ran his boutique catering and hot sauce company in Perth, Western Australia for sixteen or so years (about five too many, he says); became a father and, with the right person a little later, a husband.

He’s interviewed and reviewed many of Australia and the world’s biggest, brightest and best musos for his own 100% ROCK MAGAZINE, as well as X-Press Magazine, Around The Sound, The Music, Music Feeds, The Beat and The Brag magazines as a rock n’ roll (and movies, and books) journalist. He loves cheesy ‘80s pop almost (but not quite) as much as gonzo, over the top ‘80s heavy metal, filthy street punk, voodoo blues, sleazy dirt rock and red wine.

Now writing fiction and running his new catering business in the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, he lives with his wife Lady Boomboom, slightly anxious 5-year-old Staffy Ziggy, and 1 1/2-year-old sharpei Maisie, both of whom boast selective hearing and an unhealthy disregard for authority almost as impressive as Shane’s own.

Shane self-published his first novel, Jada: Mountain Warrior, in July 2019. It’s an uplifting YA (Young Adult) fantasy pitching humans against monsters with a positive message about finding the courage within us all. Readers from ten through to 80 have enjoyed Jada’s story.

His second novel is a science fiction private investigator adventure yarn with a scathing political edge and a healthy pinch of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Universe-styled comedy. It should be published in 2022 if Shane stops procrastinating.

Shane has spent the second half of 2021 completing dozens of short stories – some new, some dating back twenty years – that he will publish as an anthology in 2022. He also has multiple, genre-straddling projects in development including a rock n’ roll adventure story full of mayhem and murder and more, a story that might be about outback desert magic, and an ultra-violent tale about supernatural sibling assassins. He can’t wait to find out how they end.


“I like stories with a surprising twist, stories that surprise the reader a little bit,” he explains. “Most of all, I like stories and characters that are uplifting, and full of spirit – even if they’re dark, conflicted, troubled. Aren’t we all, a little bit?”

Shane’s eBooks can be found at BARK SIDE BOOKS.

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Shane is a member of the Australian Society of Authors.

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