Bruce Venables was born in Hobart and was a member of the Tasmanian Police Force. In 1976 he joined the Royal Hong Kong police as an Inspector. He served in the Hong Kong Marine Police as a launch commander and in the Tactical Unit as a platoon commander. In 1984 Bruce took up residence in Sydney and began his career as a writer of film and television scripts. He is also well known to Australian audiences as an actor. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Spirit of the Bush, and four other novels- A Necessary Evil, The Time of the Dragons, Two Tigers, One Mountain and Scattered Monkeys. Bruce lives in Sydney, and is married to best selling novelist and actress, Judy Nunn.