Why I Write.

Owen Zupp - Thursday, June 01, 2017


Phillip Zupp's Commemorative Plaque


I am often asked why I write and where do I find the time?

With four children and a full time job, it's not easy, although I must say up front that it wouldn't even be possible without the wonderful support of my wife. In terms of time management, I just find a quiet hour whenever I can and frequently that is in the dark hours. There is no time for waiting to be struck by 'the muse', as I have learned over the years meeting deadlines month after month for magazine editors. Sit down and start writing - that's it.

However, beyond the logistics, it is you, the readers, that continually inspire and motivate me. The fact that you out there take precious time out of your lives to read what I have written means a great deal to me. Not infrequently, I receive direct feedback in the form of a book review, an email or a message, for which I am very appreciative. And within these messages there are those that make me feel very, very fortunate and absolutely blown away that dad's story (Without Precedent) has touched so many people.

The photo above came from one such reader and I cannot say "Thank You" enough.

Here is his message.


Hey Owen,


I've just finished reading Without Precedent and I feel compelled to tell you about the profound impact the book has had on me. Every year I go to the dawn service, I hear the story of the Gallipoli landing, pay my respects and go home. The horrific details of war are rarely discussed and I’ve come to realise how grossly under-educated I am in regard to the specific details of the sacrifices our service personnel make in battle and the ongoing impacts they deal with long after their service.


The story of Les Turner and Ian Wharton is harrowing. The story of Gladys Strawbridge’s frangipanis came damn close to having me in tears. My childhood was a walk in the park compared to Phillips, I could go on and on. Thank you so much for the history and knowledge you have passed on to me. I took me so long to read the book because I constantly stopped to Google certain aircraft, BCOF, Yamato etc. I was glued to my iPad from the second paragraph.


I grew up in Tully and worked in the sugar industry so it was exciting to read about Phillip's time as a cane cutter. I now live in Toowoomba and it was even more exciting to read about Toowoomba’s history and your families place in that history. I live and work only a stone's throw from Drayton Cemetery, so late this afternoon my girlfriend and I spent some time scouting out Phillip's plaque at the Wall of Remembrance. We also stopped by Bill, Louisa, Phillip and Edith’s resting place. Finding the plots could have been a needle in a haystack but I thought the Lutheran section might a good place to start and it paid off. By the way, the old foundry site is almost a Bunnings now, how times have changed.


Thanks again Owen.


No, thanks go to you - the readers.





Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.


Purchase Owen's Books

Recent Posts


turning forty RAAF PC-21 terrorism aviation speaker aviation careers WW1 airbus Jabiru Aircraft Sully flight training safer flying UAV 737 buying an airplane learning to fly R-DX Amazon Kindle Daily Deal Australian Army RAF anzac day most popular aviation blog Down to Earth pilot training flying instructor QANTAS aeroplane flight flying blog aviation blog QANTAS A380 australian aviation The Practical Pilot aviation aviation best seller Pilatus PC-21 787 WW2 Phillip Zupp Bush Pilot airliner missing speaking solo flight Air France 447 solo flight australia aviator aeroplane blog writer's block Kim Jong-un owen zupp author QANTAS Airbus A380 podcast aviation jobs how to become an author pilot suicide September 11th Malaysia Airlines P2902 Dunkirk learn to fly aircraft how to land an aeroplane Korean War airliner choosing a flying school RAAF planes Australian Aviation magazine comfort zone warbird pilot jobs 50 tales of flight landing an airplane how to land an airplane Solo Flight Australia. pilot airlines Battle of Britain Airbus A320 aviation journalist aviaton author airplane Pearl Harbor www.owenzupp.com MH370 aviation author airbus A350 XWB Sully the Movie aviation writer student pilot The Pilots Blog pilot careers Queenstown aerospace popular aviation blog September 11 the pilot's blog author flying school 9/11 speaker P-51 Mustang plane crash careers in aviation writer Hurricane best aviation blog solo flight. australia Boeing airline aircraft accident 50 More Tales of Flight Without Precedent Ansett flying training ANZAC cost of flying buying an aeroplane jabiru Vietnam War aviation book owen zupp flying Airbus A380 pilot blog Around Australia flight flight school 77 Squadron aviation story airshow


© Owen Zupp. All rights Reserved.                                             Admin . Privacy . Disclaimer                                            Website by Shot to Pieces . Powered by Blackroom