The Thursday Throng Author Interview and GIVEAWAY with TD McKinnon, Author of Terra Nullius

Today, I’d like to welcome TD McKinnon to the hot seat as my guest on the Thursday Throng. TD is a Scot now living in Tasmania and is the author of Terra Nullius; he has kindly offered a copy of the eBook version of Terra Nullius to one lucky commenter – all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment at the end of this post.

When TD first got in touch he told me a little about the history of Terra Nullius and it had me hooked even before I’d read the book; this is what he said:

Terra Nullius is a historical fiction about a period in history that has been quite deliberately covered up.  When I first moved to Tasmania I began to hear fragments of stories relating to the 19th century settlement of the island; stories hinting at the reasons why you don’t see any black faces, anywhere, in a land that was inhabited for forty or perhaps even fifty thousand years prior to the Colonials.  Here was a story crying out to be told.”

Terra Nullius Book CoverI read Terra Nullius in a little over two nights and it made compelling reading; I was both enthralled and enraged by the story. The title Terra Nullius explains the whole – it is a term used for centuries to condone the expansion into what was a little known world and it means ‘No One’s Land. What TD has done is to take a small number of known historical facts about the systematic genocide of an ancient race by the colonialists of the 19thC and weave them into a fantastic piece of fiction that looks at that time from the perspective of the indigenous population.  There were times when I found the story hard to bear because it was so graphic in its description of what it could have been like; my heart broke for the people who had been used and abused so cruelly. And yet, at the end of the telling, I feel enriched because of having my world view challenged and my emotions expanded.

Hi TD and I start every interview off with the same question ‘What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you’

I’ve projected a tough guy image for most of my life; you’d have to read my first published book, an autobiographical: ‘Surviving the Battleground of Childhood’, to find out exactly why.  Very few people know how much of a sensitive, big softie I am, and the one thing that no-one would usually know about me is: ‘Sad movies always make me cry’. (Linda’s Aside: we won’t tell anyone TD, we’ll keep your secret for you 🙂

td mckinnonWhat was the most important thing you learned at school?

I was seven years old and, after coming first in my school’s annual writing competition, my story, ‘Snowdrop the Polar Bear’, had pride of place in the school open-day proceedings.  After reading my story, smiling widely, the headmistress announced, “I do believe we have a budding author in our midst.”

A clear snapshot in time, I’ve never forgotten that moment all those years ago, or those words of encouragement; all my life that memory has been a source of nourishment and inspiration, it sustains me still.  From that moment on I considered myself a writer; it was a singularly life defining moment, and the most important thing I learned at school was the fact that I am a writer’.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

One of the best actors in the world just happens to be around my height, weight and build and, as you can see from my photograph, no one else could do the part justice: Christian Bail my doppelgänger. (Linda’s Aside: Nice choice … !)

Where do you find your inspiration?

Many things, and some people, trigger my inspiration but ultimately, and usually waking me in the middle of the night, my inspiration comes from within.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

I’ll answer this question with four of my favourite quotes:

  • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Herman Cain
  • “Never give up, never give in.” Winston Churchill.
  • “Success, like happiness, is a state of mind.” Unknown origin.
  • “Your ideas are as good as anybody else’s if not better!” Moree Jubb (my mother in law). (Linda’s Aside: your mother-in-law sounds like a very wise woman TD)

Are the names of your characters important to you?

The names of my characters are important to me because the characters themselves tell me their names; and when they do, I can no more change them than change my own.

Have you ever written naked?

Not since I moved to Tasmania… Brrrrr

How to bag yourself a FREE copy of the Terra Nullius

If I have tempted you enough with my short review, and you have found TD to be as interesting as I have, then you may want to enter our giveaway to get a free copy of the eBook version of Terra Nullius. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post below, the winner will be drawn in just over a week. Good luck everyone.

Where to buy the book and find out more about TD McKinnon

TD can be found all over the known we; his own website is He is also active on Goodreads, on Facebook and on LinkedIn as well

If you would like to get a copy of Terra Nullius then you can it on Amazon in the UK and on Amazon in the US too.

You can find my reviews of Terra Nullius on Amazon in the US, the UK and on Goodreads too.

I have added links to other locations you can buy the book below:

If you are interested in exploring more about the term Terra Nullius then this Google search will give you at little more info to be going along with:


Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not email me to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here:

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  1. And after using Random.Org to select … the winner is … Anne Zadro. Well done Anne and a copy of Terra Nullius will be winging it’s way to you very shortly.

  2. Thanks for dropping in, Christine. You will I’m sure learn something new. That’s why I love historical fiction too.

    Best regards

  3. Thank you for taking the time to drop by, Anne. I’m sure this is another one you won’t want to put down.

    Best regards
    TD McKinnon

  4. That makes it sound even more intriguing! I doubt I’ll be shocked… but I’ll let you know on that!

  5. Thanks for dropping in, Lois. Your great-grandfather would have been born right in the middle of the time period Terra Nullius covers. I hope it’s not too shocking for you.

    Best regards
    TD McKinnon

  6. I have read your book ‘Surviving the Battleground of Childhood’ and I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. I have always wanted to read more of your books but haven’t got round to getting them. Terra Nullius sounds interesting. Maybe this will be my next read.

  7. Thanks for dropping by, Anne, I hope you’re the lucky one. I know you’ll enjoy Terra Nullius.

    Best regards

  8. Thanks very much, Linda, for the excellent interveiw and book review. I’ve been trying to post this since the review went to air; I managed to get through at last.

  9. This sounds fascinating! I am a little obsessed with Tasmania at the moment as my g-grandfather was born there in 1843… so this book is definitely on my list! I’m just going to Good Reads now to look at your review.

  10. Thanks for another interesting interview. It sounds like a fascinating book and like you say Linda a story that I have never heard told. I would love to win a copy of the book.