Angelo Mifsud born in Malta in 1946 in the suburb of Hamrun, not far from Valetta. He, with his parents, emigrated to Sydney Australia in 1951 and grew up in the inner Sydney suburb of Pyrmont. On leaving high school he worked in a Furniture Factory as an Apprentice and qualified as a Wood Machinist, He joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a member in the logistic team, and later as a Business analyst when posted to Defence Headquarters in Canberra, which in the next seven years was posted to five different projects. As if he didn't have enough to do he completed his higher education certificate. Leaving the service in the RAAF, he joined the Department of Defence as a public servant and business analyst serving in a multi Service supply project. He later joined a private consultancy Information Technology firm as a business analyst.
Retiring in 2008 he took up to complete his novel he started in 1977. He completed and published this first novel in 2014, which took much editing and rewrites. This was an important period for he undertook creative writing and editing course. His writing journey had begun and he steadily progressed with encouragement and continued support from family, friends and peers. He now writes continuously in his retirement years.
Angelo also has an interested in the art of Bonsai, and has been active in the art since 1988, and joined the Canberra Bonsai Society. He found himself serving on the Society's executive as treasurer over a six year period. He was also elected as a director and secretary of the Association of Australian Bonsai Clubs Ltd (2005 - 2008), a national Australian Bonsai organisation promoting and assisting Australian Bonsai Clubs.
In 2014 he was honoured by the awarding of the Canberra Bonsai Society Life Membership.
In 2013 he was awarded the Nancy Stackpoole 'Why' Award in recognition for the advice, instruction and sharing the art of Bonsai to members of the society.
In 1999 he was awarded The Shirley McLachlan Award for his contribution to the Society, and
In 2013 he again was awarded The Shirley McLachlan Award for the role as director for the Australian National Convention 'The Australian Journey' which the Society held in Canberra that same year. In the 1990s, he saw the need for beginners and masters in the art of bonsai the need of an index to find articles and techniques in international bonsai magazines. He developed and published two publications; the 'An index for the Bonsai Focus (2014)', and 'An Index for the International Bonsai Magazine (2016)', which have a high demand.
His debut novel was 'Inheritance', which he published in 2014. It was first drafted in 1977, put aside because of work commitments and in 2008 when he retired he got to finish the novel. Whilst writing and publishing the Bonsai Magazine indexes he completed his second novel 'Deception ', which follows on from the novel Inheritance.
Deception was published in 2016. Because my debut novel Inheritance was too large for a debut novel and a friend suggested that it be split into two novels. I am glad I did as I developed a great second novel with a very interesting plot. These two novels begin the Inspector Ainsworth Series.
My Writing Journey - Angelo Mifsud
Reading books was always encouraged by his mother. It was a time during when television was transmitted a few hours a day. His mother bought him many children and teenage books, mostly the classics, and covered a variety of genres. Angelo's favourite books are 'One Thousands and One Arabian Nights', 'Treasure Island', 'Robinson Crusoe', and history books.
It all began while I served in the RAAF. It started with a challenge and dare one day from a colleague in 1977 because of my off the cuff remark - it is easy to write a book - my colleague how was an avid reader wanted to see whether I could write a book and . On accepting the challenge, That night I started on the first draft of the novel. I wrote and wrote till one in the morning.
Pleased with myself took the first chapter and showed it to my colleague who after reading it wanted more. After two months, written mainly at night I completed twelve chapters all by pen.
My writing journey had begun and I was hooked and tried to squeeze the time to edit and type it up and found that much of that time concentrating on rewriting and editing. My work unfortunately was very demanding and I joined a high priority project which took up more of my time, and with family time and commitments my writing was pushed aside but I continued to edit the manuscript when time allowed.Thirty years later I retired and devoted my spare time to completing and publishing the novel 'Inheritance'. This was achieved in June 2014. My debut novel Inheritance was finally published. The rewrite and editing process increased the original size twofold. I had met other authors who I now regard as my friends and their advice was to split the book in two. I agonised over the process, where to separate but still retain the flow of the plot to the ending. A long period passed before I found where the manuscript could be divided and still retain the plot and both novels can stand alone and still relate, From the feedback I feel that this was successful.
The second novel, Deception, continues the original story and after much rewrite, a new sub plot was completed and published in 2016.I continue to write daily, which keeps my mind and the grey cells turning, and hopefully create many new stories and adventures for my readers to enjoy. The next novel-in-progress introduces a new character and genre. So keep visiting me here where I will keep you informed of progress.
I have a wonderful wife and two children, who have blessed us with seven wonderful grandchildren. I live in the Australian Capital Territory in Australia in the city of Canberra. I volunteer at The National Bonsai and Penjing Collection situated at the National Arboretum Canberra, Australia.