When he was a child, Rod Moran's family moved between the east and west coasts of Australia depending on the postings of their soldier father. Moran studied at the University of Western Australia and then the University of Melbourne before returning to WA in 1986. His numerous occupations include teacher, lecturer, labourer, union official, freelance journalist and writer. His most recent position is that of literary editor of the West Australian. Moran is also the author of two books of Western Australian history: Massacre Myth : An Investigation into Allegations Concerning the Mass Murder of Aborigines at Forrest River, 1926 (1999) and Sex, Maiming and Murder: Seven Case Studies into the Reliability of Reverend E.R.B. Gribble, Superintendent, Forrest River Mission 1913-1928, as a Witness to the Truth (2002).