Neil has authored more than forty published books ranging from corporate histories to children's fiction, and in his role as director of Bounce Books and Hyphen has worked on many more. After a crack at professional football (soccer) he began his career in marketing and business before following his passion for storytelling at Bounce Books with his wife, Val. 'Qantas has taken my family around the world on many cherished holidays, but perhaps my fondest memory came when Val and I were returning from a year living in Italy: when we boarded the steward said G'day Mr Mon... Monta.. Mo - woah that's a name! What about I just stick with the Wallace part? Anyway, welcome on board sir! His Aussie accent and that kangaroo on his badge made me so excited to get home. In some ways it was like I was already there.'