Duncan Stuart's early life was spent in Toronto, Canada, until the family moved to New Zealand when he was six. After some vocal and political student years he found his creative outlet as a script editor and writer in both Australia and New Zealand.
He has since worked in television, freelance writing, and currently business research. Duncan says he enjoys his research and his writing work equally. 'Research is about listening to other people and hearing their stories,' he says. 'And you learn about what makes people tick. Writing is the act of listening to your own heart, and asking questions you find hard to answer.'
He writes in the front room of his inner-city villa in Auckland, New Zealand. You can tell when he's working because the old 1957 Wurlitzer jukebox is cranked up to the max, playing his favourite blues and surf singles.
Duncan's first book appeared in 1987 and his next novel, The Whole of the Moon, was published ten years later. The Whole of the Moon was an instant best-seller in New Zealand and Australia, winning a special commendation in the Braille and Talking Book Library Awards in Australia, and becoming a finalist in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards.
Duncan lists his interests apart from writing as travel, long distance cycling and collecting classic vinyl.