Boomerang Gold: Treasure and exploration on the high seas
A DAYTIME interview with Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth was all it took to get the cogs turning in this writer’s brain.
Dion Mayne and Paul Richardson took on a challenge many of us dream of and have published their first historical fiction novel.
Boomerang Gold follows historical events of the 16th century when the Spanish were a world power hellbent on conquering all known territories.
Mr Mayne first discovered he had a passion for writing after he saw an interview with Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth, discussing what it would take for the actor to do a movie with his brother.
Hemsworth explained to the journalist that they had never read a script worth it.
And that was all it took to start a three-year writing journey for Mr Mayne. He hopes to gain the attention of the Hemsworths for a future tilt at the big screen.
“They said they had never seen a good enough script for them to act in, I just thought that I could write one they might be interested in and from there ideas started coming, and notes turned into typing, which eventually turned into a manuscript,” he said.
It was then that Mr Mayne reached out to his old school teacher-turned friend, Paul Richardson, to see if he would jump on board.
Mr Mayne said that he knew whose help he wanted with his novel as soon as he started writing it.
“He brought it to life with all the descriptive details and dialogue,” he said.
Captain Calder Velden, a ruthless seafaring servant of the Secret Dutch Alliance, had been summoned to serve his state in territories unknown. His beloved homelands are under Spanish Rule. The Dutch Alliance knew the Spanish had discovered an untapped source of wealth in the territories of New Guinea.
A specially made vessel called The Kharon sails Captain Velden and his team to their fates, and a 20-year tale of love, loss, greed and adventure ensues.
Mayne said some of the plot points were based in historical fact. The fact the journey of the Duyfken isn’t more widely known in Australia was the motivation behind the tale, and Mayne said he wanted to bring the story to light.
“When the Duyfken, the Dutch ship, came across Australia it was never actually reported or recorded properly that there was a vast land they may want to explore, and I always thought ‘I wonder why that is’ – so that was the inspiration for the start of the story,” he said.
It’s been three years of researching and information gathering for Mayne, and he said that each time he discovered a new fact – it made its way into the book.
“It made it more exciting and added a few twists and turns to it,”
The Boomerang Gold book launch is on Friday, November 8, at 5pm at Western Suburbs Leagues Club, Walkerston.