Upon completion of a four-year apprenticeship, Tony Smith went to sea setting a course to become a marine engineer.
His studies were interrupted when a serious collision in Vancouver Harbour almost cut the ship on which he was serving as third engineer in half. Miraculously, the vessel stayed afloat.
Experience as a witness in the ensuing court proceedings fired an interest in the law. From that point onward, he was determined to become a barrister.
Graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws, he was admitted to the Bar in 1982 and a successful legal practice followed.
Life-threatening heart disease was discovered in 2013, and after major surgery, he ceased practising law.
Two years later, he took up writing in earnest.
Tony lives in Brisbane.