Andrew E Wade (formerly known as Ewart Wade) was a children's author. His environmental fairy story, Jorell: for those who believe in fairies ... and those who don't, was first published in 2006 with the assistance of the Australian Booksellers' Association and was reissued in a second edition by Life Magic in 2008. Both editions sold out. There are plans to reprint the second edition, and also to publish it as an e-book.
Another children's story, Ooblee, the Talking Bat, was one of the first e-books to be published, in 2000, long before e-books are what they are now, when they were almost unknown. Three months later the publisher was bought out and shortly afterwards the business folded. The story sold three copies in three months, and the royalties cheque would have cost more than its face value to bank! However, there are plans to reissue that story too, in current e-book format.
Andrew spent many years as a film editor in the film and television industries. He was editor and publisher of Lumiere, a trade magazine for the film and television industries, and edited other magazines. He founded a public relations company specialising in corporate newsletters. He also worked as a free-lance journalist. In the 1980s he co-founded a residential program for teenagers, called Discovery.
He went on to become a Reiki Master and spiritual healer, trained in traditional and modern forms of Reiki and in Theta Healing. Also he continued to write fiction and began an autobiography. He completed most of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing at Southern Cross University, choosing (because of his age) not to do three compulsory BA subjects which were unrelated to writing. In 2009 he began a film writing course with the idea of adapting Jorell for the screen, but was unable to finish for health reasons.
Andrew succumbed to illness and died peacefully on September 3rd 2012, seven months less one day after his 83rd birthday.
My husband Andrew, who began this blog in October 2007, died peacefully on September 3rd 2012, at the age of 83, after long and well-controlled illness culminating in a sudden, brief decline. I'll be posting pieces of his life writing and autobiographical reminiscences to his other blog, The Game of Life. This blog will be used for other material relevant to Andrew, beginning with the wonderful tributes to him which poured in after his death, both by email and on facebook. At some point this blog will become an archive, without further additions.— Rosemary Nissen-Wade