Respected Australian CFO becomes highly celebrated fantasy fiction author during COVID: Dane Thornburn and the City of Lost Souls

5 min readAug 24, 2021

Aussie CFO turned writer — releases fantasy fiction novels: Dane Thorburn and the City of Lost Souls

Matt Galanos is not your typical fantasy fiction writer — he is a family man with grown up kids, works as an accountant by day and is an avid reader and writer and self-published author by night.

His first published novel, Dane Thorburn and the Brindabeare Knights was a great success, and he has since gone on to write the sequel Dane Thorburn and the City of Lost Souls. In fact, Galanos has a number of further adventures about his fictional hero Dane Thorburn ready to translate into books.

Galanos’ books are full of fast-paced action and captivating adventures that are ideally suited for 10 to 15 year olds, but have also found themselves a huge following among adults both in Australia and across the world.

Just released and already gathering huge sales, Dane Thorburn and the City of Lost Souls continues to follow the story of the young and brave royal knight Dane Thorburn and his desperate quest to find Princess Vanessa before she is lost forever.

Before Dane can do anything to help, he finds himself on trial, accused of aiding Vanessa’s kidnapping. Can Dane prove his innocence and join the search before it’s too late? These trials and tribulations await in Galanos’s latest book.

“I am incredibly proud to be writing books that people love,” Galanos said.

“I think with COVID impacting so much of the world, we all need something to take us away from the stress and anxiety and books tend to do this so well.

“I’ve always had a keen interest in fantasy fiction and when I was away in Perth on a business trip several years ago, I decided to put pen to paper and haven’t looked back.”

Dane Thorburn has become an overnight sensation, with readers loving his easy to read style and thrilling adventures.