Born in Tauranga, in 1932, Markham is a third generation New Zealander. When the Family farmhouse burned down in 1934 the Turner family moved to another farm, in Maungawhai, north of Auckland; from there they shifted to Auckland, when Markham’s father needed further surgery for wounds sustained at Gallipoli during WW1.
Leaving school in 1947, Markham indentured as a cabinet making apprentice, and later worked in carpentry and furniture making in New Zealand and Australia.
Enlisting in the army in 1959, he served in Malaya from 1959 – 61, during which time he took part in the celebratory march through Kuala Lumpur at the end of the “Emergency”.
Returning to civvies life, he trained as a woodwork teacher, working in Australian and New Zealand schools and serving a two-year contract at a trades training college in New Guinea. Leaving teaching in 1986 he set up business to design and make hand crafted furniture.
Under the control of wife, Louise and poodle Princess Xena, he lives on Waiheke Island, 30 minutes from Auckland and tries to be a writer in between poodle duties, wine and beer making and a little carving, Markham and Louise pursue their joint interest in travels to exotic destinations.
Markham’s first two books published on eBookIssues come from two different genres, the first is a war romance set in Malaya during the time of the Malayan Emergency; involving the New Zealand military services. And the second is a science fiction story of young New Zealanders that are abducted by aliens and have to justify the existence of the human race.
Two very different books, but both written in Markham’s inimitable style. His third novel now available via the link below is a return to military adventure in the form of Cages of Smoke. Watch this space for the next release from this unique and imaginative New Zealand Writer and author of romantic novels.
You can find Markham on Amazon’s author central here http://www.amazon.com/Markham-Turner/e/B008JZHEYS