From The Age newspaper:
Winning the Ned for best novel for Before it Breaks represents a return to the fold for Dave Warner. The last of his six previous crime novels, eXXXpresso, appeared in 2000 since when the writer and musician has been working for the big and small screens.
“If you’re doing feature films you can still find time to do novel writing, but with TV it was not possible; it’s such an all-consuming beast. I had three years when I plotted virtually every episode of Rescue Special Ops and it’s really draining.”
But for one reason or another the television work dried up and Warner could return to crime fiction and making music – his band the Suburbs is recording its first album in 35 years – the two thing he loves most.
He said going back to fiction was as if he’d been playing badminton and someone had called him in to play tennis on a grass court.
“Three years on with no money changes the idea somewhat about what is a great idea or not. But it has freed me up again to pursue things much more creatively.”
See the full list of winners for 2016: http://www.austcrimewriters.com/ned-kelly-award-winners/294