Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has also written 31 novels, including 13 books for children. Three years ago he teamed up with Roland Kulen to establish the Story Development Studio and begin their first collaboration – on The Last Christmas.
Ian’s Three Worlds epic fantasy sequence for older readers, which begins with A Shadow on the Glass, has been published in many languages and has sold over a million copies. Book 1 of the long-awaited sequel to The View from the Mirror quartet, The Summon Stone, will be published by Hachette in May 2016.
Ian has also written a trilogy of eco-thrillers for older readers, Human Rites, set in a near-future Earth suffering catastrophic climate change. The series begins with The Last Albatross. Ominously, many of the things he wrote about in the first editions, published between 2000 and 2004, have since come true. Revised and updated editions of these books were published between 2008 and 2010.
Ian has worked as a marine scientist all his adult life. In the early 1970s he carried out research on climatic changes that had occurred over the past 3 million years. In 1974 he began investigating pollution in the sediments of Sydney Harbour. Ian has been working on the environmental management of contaminated sediments, a worldwide problem, ever since.
He has a Ph. D. in marine science from the University of Sydney.
I remember my father asking me, “What do you think the most valuable thing on Earth is ?”
As a young boy not at school yet, my response was, “Gold.” He candidly said, “No, try again.” I followed with a few answers – “Diamonds,” and no surprise, what obviously was close to my heart, toys and my dog. His response again was ‘No’.
“Ok dad, tell me.” “Water!”
To this day, his answer has stayed with me.
Roland is passionate about developing and creating stories. He spent many years honing his management and entrepreneurial skills in Los Angeles and on Madison Avenue, New York City. Building on a degree in accounting and marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney, his career traversed media departments on both coasts of the United States -- first at Foote Cone & Belding, Los Angeles and then at Adweek’s Agency of the Year, Messner Vetere Berger Carey Schmetterer, New York.
On returning to Australia, he joined Internet Protocol television (IPTV) pioneer ReelTime just as it was morphing into an entertainment portal. Merging these backgrounds, he teamed up with Ian Irvine to co-found the Story Development Studio Australia.
This has led to our first story – The Last Christmas. We hope people love it, just as much as we loved developing the story from the ground up.