Bio Etcetera

Basic Bio

Polo Shawcross is the nom-de-plume of an Australian writer. Born in Western Australia, a descendant of murdering Irish Fenians, explorers, illegitimate sons of baronesses, and a long line of soldiers, she grew up with her main character Polo’s mad-but-not-dangerous relations around her.

Even her religion was schizophrenic, as one parent was Protestant, one Catholic. In her 20’s, thinking escape was possible, she moved to London. She was adopted by friendly Jewish people, who understood the crazy relations thing.

With a long stint in the music business on the business side, then on the creative one (the latter still ongoing), she had the kind of education money can’t buy, which went nicely with the 2/3’s of a degree in Creative Writing she’d taken away with her.

Also culpable when it comes to current career, work for different publishers in various positions, including the mail room and editor at various levels, including reading the slush pile and choosing what would be published, ghost-writing, editing (fiction and non-fiction), and proofreading.

Like Polo, she just wanted to read, but was left with the notion of running her own publishing company. Being rather financially-challenged, her empire currently encompasses only epublishing.

Book 2 and Book 3 are both underway. Book 2 is complete as of May 2012, but it’s waiting until both are done before release. Book 2 covers Polo’s initial army career then as he figures out transforming, tries working as a diplomat, and gets the Dragon queen right where he wants her. Which turns out to be right where she wants him.

Enjoy. And as Godley and Creme said (in their song about the music biz) “Art for art’s sake. Money for God’s sake.”

She recommends other people do not do this. Yes, you have control, a larger cut of royalties, whatever, but frankly, give her good printers, publicists, editors, and a marketing budget!

Being an auteur is greatly over-rated.
And rather hard work – writing the bloody books is hard enough.


Book 1 – out now – free sample here – Retailing at $2.99 (USD) – available for all ebook readers including the Amazon one…Book 2 – Polo must survive the army and to learn to fly. This is written.

Book 3 – well, he still can’t keep his pants on or his mouth shut. Major events include him being used as a sperm donor by a certain queen. Again, is written, just need to flesh out.

Another 3-4 books are planned in this part of the series, covering Polo’s early life as the Dragon Kingdom is founded. I think there will be another trilogy after that about Polo and what happens after the Dragon Kingdom becomes reality.

There are plenty of others in the same setting or on the various planets referred to in Polo’s story. I don’t see what may be called “Tales from the Quadrants” ending, as the world and universe are ones I’ve been crafting for over a decade.



I write as Polo Shawcross.

I am @stinginthetail on Twitter.

I answer to those and Sheila Smith/Bastard/NomNomDePlume. Or Your Majesty.


In other news: I am the Antichrist and possibly evil nearly evil. The rumour that I’m quite nice is completely unfounded, and I never go round the net doing good deeds.

It wasn’t me. I suspect I may have an evil twin who’s trying to besmirch my rep and blow the Antichrist gig.

Yep, pretty much bad to the bone, so I’m told. It’s much better to be evil, people’s expectations are lower. Seriously. Look at Rupert Murdoch. Do I need to explain further? 1960 vintage. Female.

Thank heaven for my friends (particularly my Twitter network) and Mr Whatsit, who’ve kept me going through some of the worst years of my life.


Politically, I am unaligned but leftist, as a result of long exposure to activism, idiot committees, student politics, hippies, every shade of the political spectrum, politicians, and either terrorists or freedom fighters, depending which side of the various wars you came down on.

All of them hated each other more than their political enemies, and spent so much time fighting stupid squabbles with their own people that they let the greedy and corrupt take over. I really am so cynical about politics I cannot take it seriously. Even though I shout on Twitter.

So, instead of being political, I have decided to be an Anarchist Monarchist, which means I get to be queen, the rest of you can do what you want. Providing it’s what I say, of course. *waves the Hello Kitty Kalashnikov* Don’t worry, I don’t know how to get the safety off.

Mind you, I’m a dab hand at Google, I could find out in about 2 seconds flat. If the net is working. It doesn’t always, quite a trial for a would-be world dictator. Ahem, I mean benevolent despot ruler of course.

Whatever I’m working on is known as #TheThing, because that’s probably shorter than the real title, and it’s handy for Twitter.  One of #TheThing’s is published as The Birthday Dragon (free sample – no, not at all a children’s book – it’s an adult novel, though it classifies as science fiction fantasy) and I’m working on #TheThing Book 3. Book 2 is finished, i’m going to release it with Book 3.


Copyright Notices – this blog is copyright!

This Blog is Copyright 2009 to date of the writer who identifies as Sheila NomNomDePlume – AKA @stinginthetail, AKA a number of other names as detailed in the posts.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

Short excerpts (less than 10% of any post) and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

I love that you laugh or think over my words/pics and want to quote/link me – please do.

Any Commercial Use (or use of more than 10% of any post)
Without the Writer’s Express Consent is Forbidden.
You steal my work, I’ll track you down and kill you.

Wait, that should be “issue you with a take-down notice and your ISP/Google Blogger/Wordpress will do the killing, purely on a metaphorical level.”

I can be contacted at stinginthetale [at hotmail dot com]
Note, not the same name as this blog.

Copyright 2012

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