Off again, on again, Finnegan


One of the many dilemmas facing authors, is how to engage your reader.

Too many words are just as bad as too little.

Wrong choice of words and not enough of the right words and your reader will snore their way through your book.

Speaking of using wrong words and too many, I can recall a story of Michael Finnegan.

Now Finnegan worked on the railways. His job was to keep the trains running to schedule and then write a weekly report to management, outlining important events that management needed to know about.

His reports were long, meandering documents of trivial occurrences, that consumed large amounts of time to decipher.

His superior became incensed at Finnegan’s detail to trivial matters and told him to keep his reports brief and to the point.

Not long after, there was a huge derailment in Finnegan’s jurisdiction.

A day passed, the derailment was cleared and trains began to run again.

Finnegan’s report read, ‘Off again…On again…Finnegan.’

Writing has become a large part of my life that brings me great enjoyment.

A quote sits on my writing desk, always reminding me of the great responsibility I have to my readers.


‘Don’t tell me about the words of your song.
Let me hear the music of your heart.’
Jack Dey


Thank you to all my readers who have read and enjoyed Mahina. Your comments have been greatly appreciated.

The paperback version is now available. Use contact page to order.

For all those who are looking for the next book, Paradise Warrior’s first draft is complete and should be handed over to the editing team next week.

Warning: This book isn’t for the faint hearted.

Paradise Warrior, coming soon.









Jack Dey, born to adventure, lives in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland, Australia. He has three loves in his life: Jesus; the Editor (his wife of 30 something years); and writing adventure novels. He is the author of MAHiNA; Paradise Warrior; Aunt Tabbie's Wings; The Secrets of Black Dean Lighthouse; The Legend of Ataneq Nanuq, The Valley of Flowers; La Belle Suisse (co-authored with Dodie La Mirounette); Zero; Naive; and Brindabella's Prophet. His latest book, Apostate, is currently being researched and written - and you can follow the story along chapter by chapter as he writes in real time! Jack writes only to please Papa God and considers his writing a ministry, demanding nothing from the reader for his e-books. If you like Jack Dey’s books and would like to support his ministry, please consider praying for the team at Jack Dey and telling your friends about his titles. New books are written with the intention of being a pencil in Jesus’ hand and bringing joy and encouragement to you, the reader.

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6 comments on “Off again, on again, Finnegan
  1. Gwennie says:

    Jack, your first book MAHINA was absolutely wonderful !! I became so engrossed in it that at one stage ,on the “Annemarie ” boat….I felt sea sick !! I lived through ” MAHINA ” & was transported to the Torres Straight, New Guinea & our beautiful Coral Reef so much so that when I had finished your book ….man! I was looking for your next book to pick up straight away!!
    Yes, I am a Far North QUEENSLANDER too & I live in paradise here & I certainly was captured by “MAHINA ” from the first chapter !!
    Jack…I loved reading “Mahina” on my iPad ….BUT….I absolutely LOVE having it in BOOK FORM now… have & to hold …..forever mine !
    Congratulations Jack & Editor !
    Many thanks for all the long hours , days & months of work you both put into this amazing book out of FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND…..”MAHINA “….. It’s top class , Jack !!
    When is ya next book coming out Jack ?? Over & out !! Gwennie .


    • JackDey says:

      Thanks Gwennie for your kind comments.
      I am so glad you liked Mahina.
      Paradise Warrior is with the Editing team as we speak and is due at the printers by the end of February.
      The Editor is enjoying reading Paradise Warrior.
      My third book is well under way, with some guaranteed surprises.


  2. Gwennie says:

    Great read JACK !
    Fancy you living here !
    I didn’t know we had a famous AUTHOR living in Far North Queensland !
    I might run into one day , old son , I hope so anyhow…I want ta shake ya hand !!!
    From Dave (fisherman ).


  3. Kathy says:

    You made Bryan laugh with this post. Its good to hear him laugh. Been awhile. :-)


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