Australian author known for such works of young adult literature as The Watertower Series, Strange Objects, and Gothic Hospital.
He graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast and later returned to his alma mater as a Professor of Creative Writing.
Before becoming a teacher and writer, he worked for a decade as a design draftsman.
He grew up in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He and his wife Christine raised two daughters and one son.
He and Ellie Chronicles author and fellow Australian John Marsden both became known for their works of young adult fiction.