Writing a novel can take years. This is time writers spend alone and quiet, getting down all the best words in the best possible order.
So when these words make it out into the glare of the public domain they deserve to be greeted with a bit of noise and a whole lot of fanfare.
The fanfare here is doubled, because the celebration extends to the publication of two recent novels from local writers.
If you are into crime fiction, check out Joanna Baker’s compelling ‘The Slipping Place,’ a novel set in contemporary Tasmania.
‘The Slipping Place is about lies, secrets and unspeakable cruelty. It is about mothers and sons, unconditional love and bonds of blood. It is about the things we thought we knew and the things we miss.
And it is about a choice, a decision point, that is infinitely, vanishingly, terrifyingly small.’
If Contemporary Women’s Fiction is more your thing, check out ‘Secrets of the IN-group’ by the sisters Carolyn and Loretta Re, which has the added bonus of being set in the local region.
‘Six women in the riverside city of Albury realise that, without social media skills, they’re staring irrelevancy in the face. Their book club won’t cut it any more. Time to go virtual. But their decision to plunge into the on-line world brings horrifying revelations and unexpected outcomes. Friendships, new and old, are tested and their lives teeter on the edge of collapse. They must navigate a path through the chaos, but who exactly can they trust?
A small town
A world wide web
Is the net really a friend?’
If you live in the region it is worth looking in local bookshops for either or both of these titles. Because maybe you are in the lucky position of being a fan of both crime and contemporary women’s fiction.
Featured image: Publishing has come a long way since William Caxton’s printing press shown in the featured image from 1877. Some of the romance of it remains!