WRITING talent clearly runs in Daniel Robinson's family.
Mr Robinson, the grandson of established author Winsome Smith, is now following in his grandmother's footsteps with the release of his first novel.
The Goodna father of four said his book, titled Australian Outlaw, was a tale of redemption set in bushranger-era Australia.
"The story's main character is forced into a life of crime," Mr Robinson said.
"But I want readers to decide whether he became a cold-blooded killer because of his nature or because of an unjust system that forced him to become an outlaw."
The 32-year-old who has always had a passion for the written word, said writing the story had come easily.
"I like to think I get my writing talent from my grandmother," Mr Robinson said.
"I also had a lot of support from my wife."
As a first-time author, he said the daunting task was finding a publisher.
"I shopped around and submitted the novel to a few publishing houses before one of them called and agreed to pick it up," Mr Robinson said.
"Having my work published has brought light to what had been a bit of a dark year as a result of the flood.
"Floodwaters destroyed part of my business but the tragedy added to my incentive to get this book published."
Mr Robinson said the publishing house, Zeus Publications, has now contracted him to write a second book, structured around the genre of science fiction.
Australian Outlaw can be purchased at selected bookstores or at www.zeus-publications.com
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