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A little bit of publicity in my home town ….

I thought I would share this story, published today, in The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.


This article explains much about the background to my first novel The House of Secrets: Julia’s Story and the early influences in my life.

The photos are from my own family album.

It took some persistence to get the interview with the journalist …. turning up at the reception counter at the newspaper proved to be the way to do it.

For readers anxious for book 2 in my Belleville family saga, I promise big progress will be made in the Christmas break (I have a couple of weeks off from my day job).

Merry Christmas to all of my readers who celebrate the festive season, as I do with my family.

Another tiny step in my author life

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Well, as expected, Rocky turned on the heat for the author day at the local library: 33 degrees C = 91.4 degrees F. Bright, hot and sunny.

What was the best thing about the event? Catching up with my cousins whom I hadn’t seen in a while and relieving them of a bit of cash – they bought some copies of my book.

Cousin Christine has even read it and sent me a Facebook message saying she really enjoyed it and where’s the next instalment? Hey, guys, I’m too busy trying to get the first one out there!

Next best thing was meeting a romance author Alyssa J Montgomery who does a mixture of self publishing and traditional publishing …. and seems very successful at it. (Envy, envy!) Lovely person. She’s a speech therapist by day.

Unlikely conversation:

Me: Hello, and what are your reading interests?

Other person: Oh, I don’t read. I’m just here to support a friend.

My thought bubble: Who doesn’t read? Seriously? It’s the one thing I hate about travel and being away from home …. I don’t have access to my books.

So, an interesting experience. Others were much better prepared than me, but many were writing about local or family history.

I’ve included some pictures I took on the day, including one of where I used to live as a teenager with my parents, who owned a cattle (beef) property. So as not to intrude on the current owners I pulled up on the side of the road and just took a shot from afar. All you can glimpse is the roof of the house which was a typical Queensland timber home.

I also talked to the local newspaper reporter – the local newspaper is The Morning Bulletin so hopefully they will, out of local interest, publish a story about my new career.




More tiny steps for this novelist …

RockylibraryI am really looking forward to tomorrow …… I’ll be up early to catch the 8.25am flight to the city of my birth (Rockhampton in Queensland). Rocky, as it is mostly known, sits just above the Tropic of Capricorn on the eastern seaboard of Australia. It’s hot in summer.

The local regional library invited me to participate in their ‘local author day’. I qualified, not because I live there now, but I was born there back around the dawn of time (well, not actually but it sometimes feels like it).

Australian towns and cities and even smaller communities have a wonderful network of publicly-funded local libraries and bless them, they are buying my book for their readers. Yeah!

Rocky, of course, is heavily featured in my book – although not by name. Some of the places are real – St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral (my sister got married there with me trailing behind as a 12 year old), the Criterion Hotel (we had my sister’s engagement party there), and the hospital (I was born there).

It’s fun including real places in a fictional story. I find it helps ground the events and ideas.

I’ve co-opted at least one of my cousins to put in an appearance at the library so at least I’ll have a friendly face in what I hope is a crowd.

I’ll let you know how it goes ……