About Nick Spill

My parents were Cockneys. I was born in Essex, England.

We sailed to New Zealand. I went to Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland University and worked for the National Art Gallery and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. I took photographs and was a conceptual and performance artist. Various works are in collections in N.Z. and Australia.

Leaving the National Art Gallery Forever
Leaving the National Art Gallery Forever

I was put on a plane to New York, and told not to return.
My first adventure in the Americas was rescuing the wife of a Navy SEAL in Mexico. My original aim had been to study the paranormal, not the psychotic. Out of that came “Dolphin Kicks and Cactus Pricks”.
In New York I met a lawyer who was a cross between Marcel Proust and Freddie Mercury. I could not save him. His story became “The Palace in TriBeCa”.
I worked in the world of computer and telephone integration that rapidly evolved into the Internet.
I moved to Miami Beach and as a consultant solved other people’s problems.
These problems became bigger and nastier.

I formed my own Private Investigation Agency and worked as an investigator and bodyguard to the rich, the famous and the anonymous.
I wrote “The Way of the Bodyguard” – knowledge not gossip – the book explores in human terms what it takes to be a winning protector in a dangerous world. To be a bodyguard is unlike any other profession.
I edited and released my father’s World War II bawdy and hilarious and tragic tale of survival in the jungles of Burma: Reluctant Q – the story of one man’s rise to highest non commissioned office rank and his survival during some of the most bloody and costly battles of the War.

The Jaded Kiwi is a novel about the start of the War on Drugs in New Zealand, 1976, a love story about two couples who return from New York to start live anew in Auckland, and a story about a Maori activist and a Chinese New Zealand family selling a record amount of marijuana.