A funny thing happened. Dean suddenly found himself with a dedicated readership - a following who would 'tune in' each week to see more of this unfolding story - a fable about a struggling young drug addict with a brilliant gift for the guitar, who is rescued from a near fatal overdose in urban Chicago. Meanwhile, a beautiful young lawyer is trying to rebuild her life in Southern Australia following the death of the love of her life - a promising architect...who also has a gift for classical guitar.
People began asking when the next installment was coming, telling him how hooked they were on the story, encouraging Dean to keep writing. And out of all these new found fan messages came one in particular. It was a message of encouragement, but one that also invited Dean to have a look at Central Avenue Publishing of Vancouver. After talking with C.A.P.'s creative director Michelle Halket, Dean became very serious about his project. He stopped publishing it to the blog and began constructing the manuscript, stealing time whenever he could to work on the story on any medium he could - his computer, smart phone, pieces of paper, even shopping dockets.
Since publication, The Hambledown Dream has received critical acclaim from across the globe and has fired Dean's creative spark to continue writing. His second novel, Gifts Of The Peramangk - a dramatic and powerful story centring around an Aboriginal family in modern day Australia - is scheduled for release in October 2012.
Dean is represented by Michelle Halket of C.A.P. and is published by Central Avenue Publishing of Vancouver, Canada.
Dean lives in Adelaide with his partner Emily, their two children Xavier and Lucy and Dean's cattle dog Simon.