In one form or another, Dean Mayes has been writing and creating for most of his life.

Born in country Victoria, Australia, Dean grew up with an early love of words – a trait a little out of step for most children of his age. His creative streak was inspired by his third grade teacher, Mrs Furnell, who challenged him in his creative writing exercises which he initially “sucked at”. After producing a surprisingly poignant piece about a soldier’s experience of war (based on his grand father), Dean received his first writing award – a Purple Dragon sticker.

The genesis for his first published novel came in 2008 Dean started an internet blog and decided to craft a story ‘on the fly’ with no bells or whistles and put it up in instalments each week. He would announce a new edition and let anybody who wanted to read it.

A funny thing happened. Dean suddenly found himself with a dedicated readership – a following who would ‘tune in’ each week to see more of this unfolding story – a fable about a struggling young drug addict with a brilliant gift for the guitar, who is rescued from a near fatal overdose in urban Chicago. Meanwhile, a beautiful young lawyer is trying to rebuild her life in Southern Australia following the death of the love of her life – a promising architect…who also has a gift for classical guitar.

People became hooked they were on the story, encouraging Dean to keep writing, to keep posting. And out of all these new found fan messages came one in particular. It was a message of encouragement, but one that also invited Dean to have a look at Central Avenue Publishing of Vancouver. After talking with C.A.P.’s creative director Michelle Halket, Dean became very serious about his project. He stopped publishing it to the blog and began constructing the manuscript, stealing time whenever he could to work on the story on any medium he could – his computer, smart phone, pieces of paper, even shopping dockets.

Within a few short months the manuscript for the renamed “The Hambledown Dream” was completed and submitted. Within a week, Dean received a notice of acceptance, confirming that his first novel – The Hambledown Dream – would be published.

The Hambledown Dream has gone on to receive critical acclaim from across the globe and has fired Dean’s creative spark to continue writing. His second novel, Gifts Of The Peramangk – a dramatic and powerful story centering around an Aboriginal family in modern day Australia was released in October 2012, cementing Dean’s place as a writer of great passion and literary style.


Gifts of the Peramangk
In 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and family and put to work on an isolated, outback station, in the cruelest of conditions. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her in secret by a kind-hearted white woman – the wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia’s prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship, abuse, and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter, Ruby, plays the violin with a passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst abject poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice, with her grandmother’s frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor, and with his help, Ruby embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a once in a life time chance for a brighter future. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.
The Hambledown Dream
Australian, Denny Banister had the world at his feet; a successful career, a passion for the guitar and he is in love with Sonya – his best friend and soul mate. Tragically, Denny is struck down with inoperable cancer & he is destined to die.

Meanwhile, Andy DeVries has almost nothing; he is alienated from his family, he moves through a dangerous Chicago underworld dealing in drugs, battling addiction. Now he’s gone and overdosed – jeopardizing the only thing that matters to him; a place at a prestigious Conservatory for classical guitar.

Having been snatched from the abyss Andy recovers, but he is plagued by dreams – memories of a love he has never felt, and a life he’s never lived. Driven by the need for redemption and by the love for a woman he’s never met, Andy begins a quest to find her, knowing her only by the memories of a stranger and the dreams of a place called Hambledown.

Dean’s Cause:

The Michael Rice Centre for Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, Adelaide Australia.

The Michael Rice Centre for Paediatric Haematology and Oncology in Adelaide Australia provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for children with cancer. The Centre services not only services the greater Adelaide metro and country South Australia, but it also serves the wider community throughout Central and Northern Australia, far west New South Wales and far eastern Western Australia.

The Michael Rice Centre is a world class research and teaching centre that contributes to global research into childhood cancer and offers world’s best practice in the treatment modalities offered to their patients and families.

The Centre’s work is a cause close to Dean’s heart and one that he hopes to contribute to via the sales of both his novels.

Dean will pledge an portion from the digital sales of “The Hambledown Dream” and “Gifts of the Peramangk” towards the Michael Rice Centre.

Author Links:

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Purchase Links:

Gifts of the Peramangk (Amazon):

Gifts of the Peramangk (B & N):

The Hambledown Dream (Amazon):

The Hambledown Dream (B & N):


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