''Becoming' writing-learning the oath of literary life (and its exceptions).
'When I was about 15 in school at Wollongong Tech I began to think that I would like to 'be a writer'. In particular, to be a short-story writer. When younger I had already been inspired by the magic of the imagination in Alice in Wonderland and during my first years of high school I was a constant reader and read ex-curriculum: O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, Saki. I suppose Henry Lawson was in the curriculum. I had found my way to Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London. The English teacher encouraged me and I edited the school newspaper and wrote my first fiction for it.' (Introduction)