My name's Robert Coenraads and I'm holding a rock in my hand. That's because as well as being an author I'm also a geologist. I'm deeply interested in the our planet Earth, its fiery birth some 4,600 million years ago, and the evolution of its rich variety of life that exists today.
When I'm not writing books, I work in mineral exploration, searching the planet for exotic metals, precious gemstones and ornamental rocks like the piece of gem turquoise I have in my hand.
My great passion for writing blossomed since discovering the great joy of distilling humankind's vast reservoirs of knowledge and spiritual truths for others to enjoy and benefit from.
Over the years, I've been invited to write, contribute to, or consult on quite a number of books — grand 'coffee table style' publications packed with world-class photographs, mostly titles to do with the natural sciences such as Rocks & Fossils, Geologica, Natural Disasters and Extreme Earth because that is my area of expertise. As such I have been privileged to work with a number of quality publishers like Reader's Digest, Weldon Owen and Millennium House. In 2009 I was part of the Millennium House team headed by Gordon Cheers who published the biggest atlas ever — Earth.
I especially enjoy my own personal creative writing — novels on themes which enable me to explore the intricacies of human relationships and potential.
I am also founding president of FreeSchools World Literacy in Australia, an organisation dedicated to the education of underprivileged children as I believe a good education is key to solving all of the world's problems. This is such a strong belief of mine that it can't help but reflect in my writing.
I know that readers often like to find out more about books and their authors, sometimes for school assignments, so I've included descriptions of each of my books plus answers to questions in the Frequently Asked Questions FAQ section of this website to help you out.