DEVELOPING AUTHOR: Andrew Warrilow is this week’s Welcome Wednesday.
DEVELOPING AUTHOR: Andrew Warrilow is this week’s Welcome Wednesday. Luka Kauzlaric

Gladstone is a great place to get about

ANDREW Warrilow is keeping in shape to write fantasy fiction books and assist people with their tech needs.

A three-month temporary role at the Gladstone Ports Corporation as an IT migration support officer brought him to Gladstone in April.

That has now been extended until October, which has not bothered him in the slightest.

Being in Gladstone has allowed Mr Warrilow extra time to work on his fantasy fiction novel, get his personal training registration and decide on his future within the tech industry.

While these tasks have kept him busy, the single man admitted it was difficult to meet ladies in the male-dominated industrial Gladstone.

"As a single guy, there are no women anywhere! Tinder is just dead," he laughed.

Mr Warrilow moved from Brisbane, where time was wasted travelling to and from everywhere he needed to be.

"Everything I need is 10 minutes away here, or within walking distance, whereas in Brisbane a lot of my time was taken up by travel," he said.

Mr Warrilow said one day he hoped to open up his own IT business. He has been in the industry for four years.

When he is not asking people, "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" Mr Warrilow writes fantasy fiction novels.

"I have a mentor in Melbourne and we've just sent my book to a UK publisher and an agent in Brisbane. It's given me time to finish that off.

"It's like a fantasy fiction, black comedy, broken romance - and it has dragons."

It is his third novel as part of a series, and he plans to start the fourth soon.

"I've been writing now for 12 years with various levels of success. I'm growing as a writer," he said.

For more information about his novel series, visit the Facebook page, I'd Rather Be On Invisus Island.



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