Not satisfied with just being a singer and a songwriter, Damien is just about to add another checkbox to his ever growing list of creative achievements: published author. Damien began writing his debut novel more than three years ago while trekking in Nepal and it's just been picked up for release by HarperCollins Publishers Australia. Way to go Damien!
The signing represents over a year of communications between Damien and HarperCollins, after a mutual friend introduced him to fiction publisher, Linda Funnell, prior to his Idol success.
"I was first drawn to Damien's writing well before his Idol victory, so I know Damien first as a writer," says Linda Funnell.
"Damien contacted me back in 2005 and I read an early draft of his novel. I thought it had terrific potential - a really strong story - and gave him some feedback for rewrites. Then the whole Idol thing happened and I thought the novel would be on the back burner. So it's wonderful to have the chance to publish it now."
Currently untitled, Damien's novel is an inspiring story of courage and hope, and is due to hit shelves this October.
Damien explained that he began writing the suspense novel while trekking in Nepal more than three years ago, and that it contains a little bit of mystery, a little of action and naturally, a love subplot!
Stay tuned for more news on Damien's novel coming soon...