Don was born and raised on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. He spent his early years in a small farm house in the foot of this leg shaped peninsula.
While still young his family moved further up the leg to Ardrossan –where his father worked as a mechanic at the newly opened dolomite mine.
Life cycled through two seasons; the football and the fishing. Don generally spent the fishing season thinking about the next football season. Both sides of his family excelled at spinning yarns and this proved to be fertile ground for a young imagination.
After leaving school Don worked in a variety of jobs but the greater part of his life has been spent teaching. He has taught secondary English and Geography (and whatever else he was told) in Mildura, Kadina, Tarcoola, Whyalla and more recently Adelaide.
Being an avid reader and having taught English for many years Don eventually decided to try his hand at writing. A novel involving school kids and footy seemed a natural place to start. Half the Battle was the result.
Don lives with his wife Ali, his children Jack and Lucy and an enigmatic Shi Tzu in the Adelaide coastal suburb of Largs Bay. He continues to teach at a local high school and writes whenever he can.