Ghost story cracks award
The former Richmond River High student recently won the Young Adult Speculative Award at the 2008 Aurealis Awards in Brisbane.
Jamieson, 36, who now lives in Toowong with his wife Diana and their two dogs, has always been obsessed with books and writing.
“I’ve always been a writer and I started when I was about five,” he said.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in book stores and libraries, and I still work part time in a bookstore and teach short story writing at QUT.
“You have to write what you love writing about, and just keep at it, as you will never know where it will take you.”
Jamieson won the award with a story on a girl who talks to a ghost, called Cracks.
“I won an Aurealis award a couple of years ago for science fiction and this year I was short listed for three awards,” he said.
“Cracks took me a while to complete as I write a lot of stuff at the same time.
“I started the first draft about three or four years ago and just kept coming back to it. It’s a bit of an obsession.”
Jamieson moved with his family to Lismore from Gunnedah to attend Richmond River High for his two senior years.
“I think of Lismore as my home town,” he said.
“I’ve had a lot of different teachers over the years that have inspired me to continue writing.
“One that comes to mind is Miss Greaves at Richmond River as she was so passionate about English and just very supportive.