From the archive…
Here are some old pics I discovered when I was cleaning up my phone. They played a part in some of the setting and action scenes in Friday Brown. They were taken on my father-in-law’s property at Mt Jagged, Fleurieu Peninsula, SA. This was how I imagined the scrub surrounding Murungal Creek, but perhaps a little less green.
After the rains:
My daughter riding her quad along one of the tracks:
This is me, navigating our troopie down Hummer Hill. It’s much steeper than it looks and each time a tyre found a rut my thumbs were just about yanked off (another detail from the book):
I love this place, especially at night sitting around a campfire. My husband and I were married beneath an ancient rivergum on the property, and if you press your ear to it, it has a heartbeat…
Friday Brown spreads her wings…
To those readers who’ve enquired about Friday Brown’s availability overseas—Simon & Schuster will be publishing Friday Brown in the US and Canada, and Hot Key Books will publish in the UK, both in 2013. Woo! Hardcover!
It took a lot of people to make this happen. To everyone who has championed Friday Brown here in Australia—to Text Publishing, my overseas agents, and to Anne Beilby, Grand Poobah of rights and deal-maker extraordinaire—thank you.
Next week in Melbourne…
Aside from my Melbourne Writers’ Festival sessions, there’s a special event being held at the State Library next Tuesday evening. I’ll be in-conversation with Fiona Wood, author of the wonderful Six Impossible Things, talking about Friday Brown (which is released tomorrow), my inspiration, ideas and how to disembark a tree (that’s how to get down from a tree, not chew the bark off it). I’m hoping to sneak in a few questions about Fiona’s new book, Wildlife.
So come along to the State Library of Victoria on Tuesday, 28 August.
Village Roadshow Theatrette
(Entry 3, La Trobe Street)
This event is free, but you have to book. Check in here.