Meet the author

michael trant

michael trant


Michael Trant is a WA country boy turned suburban writer, following a wide range of careers from marine draftsman to farmer, and pastoralist to FIFO pot-washer. Mike grew up on the family farm at Eneabba, before moving to Geraldton then out to Yalgoo before heading to Perth. His debut novel Ridgeview Station was inspired by his time on Gabyon Station, and he highly recommends a visit for those curious about life on a sheep station.

When he’s not writing, Michael can be found plucking away at his guitar in attempts to replicate his idol Tommy Emmanuel, or swearing at his beloved Fremantle Dockers.

He still travels to Three Springs to drive tractors ‘just to keep my hand in,’ but despite the advent of autosteer machines, refrains from taking the laptop to write, as that would not end well for power poles, fences or trees.

Michael began writing with his highly successful blog – ‘A Farmers Way of Life,’ where he used humor and anecdotes to give an insight into life on a family farm. The blog is now archived, but you can read his early writings here.


This book has everything: it’s beautifully written with fully-realised characters, and it takes you on a wild ride through the Gascoyne region of WA.

Louise Allan
Author of “The Sister’s Song”

Michael Trant delivers a nail-biting outback rendition filled with grit, intensity and action. Wild Dogs is a high-octane remote thriller, that presents an enthralling set of themes set around asylum seekers, outback work life and illegal operations.

Mrs B’s Book Reviews

A phenomenal, fast-paced Australian crime thriller set in the outback of Western Australia. Everything about the book feels authentic, from the shimmering heat of the outback to the characters and the voice. A truly unique and impressive book.

Christina MacDonald 
Author of “These Still Black Waters”