Now in his seventies, Dave Hayward was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. He joined the army at sixteen and at twenty was a corporal commanding a section of Infantry in Malaya during the ‘Emergency’. His first novel Point Of The Spear is based on that experience. Dave remained a soldier for thirty-three years and saw active service again in Borneo during Indonesia’s ‘Confrontation’ with Malaysia and, for a third time, in South Vietnam. This latter experience is the basis for his second novel, Danger Close. He finally retired as the Sergeant Major of the Army – the ultimate senior soldier appointment.
Dave next turned his attention to the New Zealand Wars. His trilogy of novels, Redcoat & Korowai, War and The Last Rangatira, are out there and selling well. He is currently working on New Zealand’s involvement in the Boer War. Dave now lives quietly in Feilding; when not off on 4WD treks, cycle trails, wine trails, army reunions or family occasions, that is.