Michael's love affair with travelling began when he and a friend breathed new life into an old Honda Prelude and clocked up 10,000km in the Australian outback. It was their ticket to personal freedom as they delved deep into a life of unplanned, unfiltered and socially-engaging experiences.

Their desire to disregard the rule book led them to rural parts of Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa, as they embraced a hand-to-mouth existence through unconventional work and real relationships with their global neighbours.

Michael's obsession with writing and all things literary soon took on a new shape, as he began writing short stories about his experiences and sharing them with the wider community.

You could say these are the roots of Sun Rider Press.

MICHAEL MAINE

 

Editor

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The origins of Luke's obsession with art and travel can be traced back his birth on a sailing boat in the Virgin Islands. As a child, growing up in New Zealand, he and his brother spent countless hours absorbed in comics, video games and literature.

Luke took the blind plunge to Bristol, UK, when he was only 19. He met Mike not long after, in the basement of an old printing factory-turned-hostel. It was there that they began working together, sharing their artistic styles and channeling the attitudes of many of their idols - Jack Kerouac, Dylan Thomas, Hunter S. Thompson, Bukowski, Krumm, among others. Their bromance quickly formed.

Luke's own journey took him back to NZ, where he underwent a rigorous 2-year tattooing apprenticeship that would soon put him back in the northern hemisphere - 15 minutes from the Colosseum, to be exact, finding his artistic roots in Rome, with a cig and bottle of Italia's finest in hand.  

LUKE WHITEHEAD

 

Graphic Artist

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ROBYN BAINBRIDGE

 

Literary Editor & Communications Consultant

Many years a music journalist trailing local bands around Bristol (in the UK) and, even longer, someone who spends far too much time scribbling nonsense into diaries, Robyn now spends her professional time as an editor in two realms. In one, navigating the often unfamiliar landscape of international healthcare, and in the other, the manuscripts of Michael Maine.

Robyn's been journeying through the cosmos since the day she was first born and, in that time, has found some of her favourite earthly destinations to be Vietnam, Italy, Somerset, and the right-hand side of her sofa.

Zack is a multimedia designer and owner of Witch And The Wolf – a company inspired by adventure, delivering creative solutions of all kinds to get people further, as well as celebrating the music and arts culture around us all. If he isn’t creating logos, illustrations or websites, he can be found making a tune or two in his band instead! His love of combining technology, humanistic approaches and literature is what brought him to become the Sun Rider Press web developer.

Canada is where Zack calls his second home, where the vast mountains and landscapes become his playground. It’s what encourages him to create and fuels his love of writing fantasy fiction.

ZACK REED

 

Web Developer & Digital Consultant

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SASHA SMITH

 

Marketing Lead

After years of travelling across North America, Europe and Australia, Sasha has settled back home and is exploring her own expansive backyard. In her professional world, she loves all things advertising - from writing brand strategies to digital performance plans for brands big and small. Being able to combine her love of marketing and love of travel is a dream come true.

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