Shane was born Shane Smith in 1985. Then for quite a long time, nothing much happened. Then he got used to writing about himself in third person for bios like this.
Shane studied creative writing at the University of Canberra, and often wishes he was still there. His Honours project in Creative Research, entitled Academaesthetics: How The Essay And Comic Can Save Each Other, was published in the October 2007 edition of Text, a refereed academic journal, and is available to read for free.
Shane has been writing for most of his life. This website was created as an attempt to showcase his work, starting with the graphic novel The Game. The first draft of The Game took four years to complete, and will (quite rightly) never be published. His next graphic novel, The Lesser Evil, was accepted for publication by ZetaBella, and is available to purchase in its entirety in both print and digital formats.
Peaceful Tomorrows, the sequel to The Lesser Evil, was published in two parts in 2013, and was a finalist in the 2013 Aurealis Awards in the Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Book category. A fully redrafted version of The Game, which takes place in between the two books, was published in mid-2014, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Aurealis Award for Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Book.
Shane is also aiming to produce an anthology of shorter pieces set in the same universe entitled All The King’s Men. But Shane is far from a one-trick pony (he hopes), and has recently completed a first prose draft of a fantasy epic entitled Triumviratus, and is working hard to develop a couple of newer concepts, such as Undad.
His life goal has always been to be a writer. Some of his earliest and most precious memories involve creating a book with his dad when he was three. Expect to see updates to the creative endeavours mentioned elsewhere on this website, and general ideas regarding the creative process.
While in his third year of university, Shane met Katie Walsh, and his life was turned upside down forever. They got engaged on Christmas Eve 2007, and married on August 31, 2008. They bought their first house that October.
They are extremely happy. So happy in fact that they have decided to expand their family. Barkley the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel entered their family in December of 2008, and a baby girl appeared in Katie’s belly in May of 2009. The amazing and talented Annie Walsh-Smith was born on February 13, 2010; the happy and energetic Liam Walsh-Smith was born on June 19, 2012; and the tiny Nella Walsh-Smith arrived on her due date of June 22, 2014.
Becoming a parent was the best thing he ever did… even better than The Lesser Evil.
About this website
Not only does this website contain links to info pages about all of Shane’s various publishing endeavours (primarily graphic novels at this stage), but also contains a blog a page collating quotes from reviews of his work, and a shop from which you can buy all his published work.
Custard (2006 FIRST – Vertebrae)
Parlour Tricks (2012)
Pestilence (2012) (with Gavin Thomson)
I Am Become Death (2013)
Killeroo: Gangwar (with Darren Close and Dan Gibbs) (coming 2014)
Works in progress
DAZ3D Artist Profile (Oct 2011)
ACTWrite featured author (Dec 2011)
Interview with Jess C Scott (March 2012)
Interview with Writer’s Party (April 2012)
“The Lure of Science Fiction” at Book Lovers’ Paradise (April 2012)
“What to do after signing a publication agreement” at Writers and Authors (April 2012)
Interview with An Occasional Blagh (May 2012)
“Carrot or Stick?” at GimmeTheScoopReviews (May 2012)
“Making the Time to Write” at Mommy Adventures (May 2012)
Interview with Books Are Magic (May 2012)
“Writers Who Write About Their Writing” at We Fancy Books (May 2012)
“Dreams and the Folks who Dream Them” at Indie Writers Review (May 2012)
“Adapt or Abandon?” in May issue of ACTWrite (May 2012)
Interview with Review Me Twice (February 2013)
Interview with Earth Prime Time (September 2013)
Interview with Robert JR Graham (November 2014)
Interview with Comic Book and Movie Reviews (January 2015)