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Daniel O'Malley with long-time family friends, Myfanwy and Bronwyn
Galloway, who he named characters after in his book.
CANBERRA author Daniel O'M-
alley has received critical acclaim
for his first book, The Rook.
The Rook is described as a quick-
witted, genre-bending thriller about
a secret organisation keeping the
world safe from supernatural
threats, one staff meeting at a time.
The book has become a hit in the
US and has been the subject of
many glowing reviews.
O'Malley was born in Canberra
and attended primary and secondary
school here before spending a year
in Britain and then heading to
university in the US.
There he graduated from Michi-
gan State University and earned a
master's degree in medieval history
from Ohio State University.
''I started writing fiction at
university,'' he said. ''It was some-
thing that I did just to entertain
O'Malley said he began writing
The Rook in 2004 but it took some
time before the book began to
generate its own momentum.
''I've always been a fan of the
genre and I became entranced with
the idea of masquerading as some-
one else,'' he said. ''I had written a
novel before but like every first
novel while it was full of good ideas
it wasn't ready for publication.''
As The Rook progressed he
discovered flaws or inconsistencies
in the plot. Instead of major rewrites
however, O'Malley tackled them
through sheer cunning. The solu-
tions and explanations he invented
to smooth out the inconsistencies
would add to the coherence and
depth of the novel.
O'Malley now works for the
Australian Transport Safety Bureau,
writing press releases for govern-
ment investigations of plane crashes
and runaway boats. But his creative
inclinations have not taken a back
seat. He said he tries to write at least
two pages a night after work and
four pages on a weekend.
''I've been focusing all my
attention in a sequel to The Rook,''
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