Mister Rainbow


Maddie and Toby love fishing, and live in a small mill town where people are dying from ‘Mill Flu’. Keen to catch the biggest rainbow trout ever, ‘Mister Rainbow’, they disobey orders, fish in the ‘Big Pool’ and find a recluse living in a shack in the bush. Maddie falls into the big pool and almost drowns, but is saved by the recluse. Maddie becomes ill, but Toby continues to fish and finds people pumping toxic waste into the Rainbow River. He contacts the Environment Protection Authority and the police, and investigations begin.

Toby learns that the old recluse is Colonel Bolt, a former soldier who was highly-decorated during the Vietnam War, and an amazing artist who sketches pictures of his war memories. The colonel collapses near his shack, Toby finds him and arranges his transport to hospital. Finding two war medals in his shack, Toby e-mails the army and tells them of the colonel’s plight. Will the army respond?

Maddie and Toby enter one of Colonel Bolt’s sketches in an art competition, selling Mister Rainbow’s Magic Bait at a local market to earn the entry fee. Then, Toby goes missing. Desperate to find her fishing partner, Maddie calls Colonel Bolt for help. Will they find Toby alive? Will the colonel win a prize in the art competition, and will they catch Mister Rainbow?

What is the Tag Line for your book? (A short description of your book in a sentence or two)

A novella about the environment, fishing and returned soldiers

Do you write full time or part time

Full time

How do you structure your day when you write

Get up and get into it.

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

I have always had a great imagination, and I find it easy to write. I guess it's a gift.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

Three novellas. Mister Rainbow is number two.

What inspired you to create this book

A love of fishing and a respect for returned soldiers.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

I write young adult fiction but,strangely, all of my books are enjoyed by folks from 8 to 80 years-of-age. I have had an extraordinary life, travelled the globe, lived in four countries, speak three languages and have seen many amazing things. Thus, I wanted to pass on my experiences in an entertaining way. However, I always have role models in my stories, and many young kids today do not have a good role model.

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)

None. It came easily, based on ten years of living in a wonderful town called Marysville.

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

Massively. Never enough hours in the day. I will never live long enough to write what is in my head.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

Nothing. I loved it. I have always been involved in human rights and social justice, so it came easily.

What was the most rewarding

Keeping the action going, and tying everything together at the end.

If you had to start over, is there anything you would do different

No. It's been a hell of a journey.

How have you evolved from when you first started writing until now

Massively. I am now an award-winning author, poet and photographer.

Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write

I shoot from the hip and allow the story to take its own course.

How much dialogue do you have with your readers

A fair bit. I often receive reviews for my work.

Do they influence your writing

Not really. Their compliments help me to keep going.

Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

Do anything that helps.

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

I have all of my works read by others and I respect their input.

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing

Maybe my grandfather.

Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Sell your brand. This is a very tough gig.

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)


What are your thoughts on book series

I have a few on the go. Some books are ideal for a series, whilst others stand alone.

How long do you think a book should be? (Pages or words)

A story is a story. That's it. Do not pad out your stories. I have novels and novellas; some long and some short.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers

I have developed a group of fellow authors who love my work. They do reviews for me and are very honest.

What advice would you give to your younger self today

Relax. Life's short - use it - there is plenty to do.

What is your favorite book or film

Any by John Grisham or Lord Jeffrey Archer.

If you don’t already have one, do you have plans to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall

I've done about five but won't be doing any more.

What are you working on next

Magic Billie - book three in the Wiralee Series.

When you get frustrated, how do you deal with it

Get over it!

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out

If you don't have the passion, don't bother. This is a tough business. Network, work seriously, get organised, maintain your own voice at all times, don't take yourself too seriously and be humble.

About the Author


Clancy Tucker is an award-winning author with three awards in the Australian National Literary Awards. He writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers, but has also achieved success as a poet and photographer. Clancy has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography accepted and published in books in the USA (Innocent Dreams, Endless Journeys & A Trip Down Memory Lane), used as covers for magazines (‘The Australian Writer’ – 2008 and ‘Victorian Writer’ - 2008), has work registered with the International Library of Photography and been published in literary magazines. He’s written more than 146 short stories and has a sizeable collection of bush poems. Clancy’s won, been short-listed, ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in writing contests: 2006, 2007& 2011 Australian National Literary Awards, Raspberry & Vine (twice), Positive words, Australian Writers On-Line, Shaggy Sheep Tale, The Cancer Council Arts Awards (2005 & 2008), The Dusty Swag Awards (2010) and had twelve short stories published in literary magazines (Page Seventeen, Branching Out, Positive Words and The Australian Writer), newspapers (The Standard, Mountain Views & The Advocate), written articles for Kid Magazine in the USA, and won a poetry prize to name a life-size statue designed by renowned Belgian sculptor, Bruno Torfs. Clancy is a full-time writer but has been a speechwriter, senior public servant, farmer and small business operator. He teaches students at the University of the Third Age (U3A), mentors emerging writers, has worked with street kids, and draws on life’s experiences to write entertaining stories for kids. Clancy also writes a daily blog which includes top guests from around the world: human rights lawyers, authors, musicians, artists, illustrators, senior diplomats, young adults and many more: www.clancytucker.blogspot.com.au Check it out. He has also been a guest on dozens of blogs, writes a monthly editorial for a newspaper and contributes articles for literary magazines. Clancy has also been a contributing guest editor for the Australian Prostate Magazine. Not only, Clancy has been a human rights activist and social justice campaigner for decades.