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

From awkward teen, he became an IT Help Desk guru (have you turned it off and on again?); then backpacked his way through much of Europe and North America, enjoying misadventures at almost every turn; indulged his passion for food and creativity by working as a chef in five countries and ran his own boutique catering & hot sauce company for sixteen years (about six too long, he says).

More recently 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, Around The Sound, The Music, Music Feeds, Beat and Brag magazines as a rock n’ roll (and movies, and books) journalist. He loves cheesy ‘80s pop almost as much as gonzo, over the top ‘80s heavy metal, filthy street punk, voodoo blues, sleazy dirt rock and red wine.

Now writing fiction in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia, he lives with his wife, daughter and two rambunctious dogs, all of whom boast selective hearing and an unhealthy disregard for authority almost as impressive as his own.

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

Shane is currently preparing his debut novel (a tween fantasy featuring an eleven year old girl and a herd of unicorns at war with a cabal of harpies) for publishing, while editing his second (a sci-fi private investigator adventure with a political twist) and writing his third (a tale of rock n’ roll mayhem and murder). He can’t wait to find out how it ends.