My week at school would be good or bad depending on whether Balmain won. I have such fond memories of those suburban grounds, and everything was so undiluted. The players weren't censored, and for me it was a wonderful period of my life when everything was simple and pure. For me, that resonated with rugby league.
Given the choice of living in Los Angeles or living in Sydney, I would choose Sydney.
Exposing characters and their shortcomings gives me great comfort. It's always great to write about someone more mixed up than yourself.
I've worked really physically hard, and I was never afraid of working hard as younger bloke.
Writing novels is where I'm most comfortable. It's a very intimate experience.
By the time I was 23 or 24 and had written the first manuscript of 'The Final Winter', I knew I wanted to make it a career but didn't know how. It took me a long time to grow into myself, but when my love of writing returned, it did so with an enormous amount of venom. It is now a mainstay in my life.
I tend to keep things that bother me clandestine... well-hidden. I'm also not very good at recognising the reasons that change my moods - they just seem to happen, which is not great for those around me.
Post-traumatic stress disorder didn't surface as a condition until 1980... that fact was very relevant when I remember back to how these men behaved. A lot of walking on eggshells was required for wives and children.
I am always writing. It is not always good, but if I am writing, I am usually happy.
It's a privilege to be an actor, as it's not work - it's a job.
Writing is a very easy way for me to express myself. When I was still at school, I would write for no reason other than I wanted to write.