Place of birth: Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia – March 21st. 1938.
With a technical background, my professional life started as a teacher at SENA, the equivalent of TAFE in Australia; I was the coordinator of
the Industrial Centre and teacher in charge of the courses to prepare Middle Level Managers for industry. After SENA, I worked as Production Manager for several manufacturing companies. In 1974 I joined the Universidad del Valle (the state’s University)
as manager of the Didactic Materials Workshop designing prototypes and directing the production of equipment to improve the teaching of sciences: physics, chemistry and biology.
In 1983 I came to Australia and joined the engineering department
of Starch Australasia at the Lane Cove plant to work on a very challenging project: to design and build a new factory that would replace the existing one, which was over one hundred years old, without stoping production. This project was finished in 1996.
Since my arrival in Australia I became involved with community activities. With several friends, in 1991 we founded “the Colombia in Australia Association” a community group aiming to promote the culture, values and traditions
of Colombia here in Australia. I was its President for seven years over two different periods as well as treasurer. I was also the editor of the Newsletter of the Association from 1993 to October 2004 when I retired as member of the Committee. In 2004 I wrote
a book for the Association titled “How to manage community groups”, and organised a course to prepare a new generation of leaders, as part of my legacy.
In October 1997 I retired from work and started a new cycle of my life
to concentrate in the fulfilment of my personal ambitions and self-realisation.
That was the beginning of my new career: writing short stories for family, relatives and close friends. It is worth mentioning that early in the 60’s
I started investigating and collecting notes about the different branches of my family in Colombia. I brought the notes to Australia and after retiring, started writing a book: “The Hincapies… a story to be told”.
wrote this story covering the history of my family from 1860 to the year 2000. I distributed it to my extended family in Colombia, Venezuela, United States, Canada and Australia as well to close friends. I was elated when I received many letters of congratulations
from all the readers that extended to relatives I was unaware even existed. Their praise was not only for the story itself but also for the style of the narrative. It was a very successful first story and gave me the motivation to dedicate my time to writing
short stories for the general public.
So far I have written a good number of short stories that have been very well accepted by the readers. I have participated in literary competitions organised by the Latin American communities in Australia
and overseas, and have received prizes and special mentions. Some of my stories have been published by the Spanish newspapers in Sydney, and also by the magazine “Hontanar”. This year “Semana” the top selling magazine in Colombia, with
distribution to Latin America and the United States, published three of my stories with very positive feedback from the readers.
I have published two books so far: “Palabras … y algo más” (Words… and something
else) a collection of fifteen short stories, published by Bemac Publications in 2005 and recently my second book, “El tren de las ilusiones (The train of illusions”) a collection of eighteen short stories and five travel chronicles, published
by Cervantes Publishing, 2013. Two very well known personalities in the English and Spanish Literary circle here in Sydney: Mr. Michael Gamarra, author of several books, editor of the magazine “Hontanar”, and Mrs. Beatriz Copello writer and poet,
with and enormous production of books in English and Spanish, have been the driving forces behind these projects with their voices of encouragement and support.