Michael Whelan was born in far north Queensland and spent his childhood on cattle properties in the Gulf of Carpentaria and in the remote mining town of Mount Isa. He studied drama, music and creative writing and worked as an actor and musician before taking up an academic position in the Music Department at Queensland University of Technology where he taught courses in songwriting and film music. Michael left university teaching in 2002 to commence his new career as a home-parent. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Helen and two young sons.
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