Monday, July 18, 2011
A positive Publishing Story for First-time Novelists ...
Ah, the long and winding road - to publishing. ABC News has a positive story - at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-02-21/the-long-and-arduous-journey-to-getting-published/1951940
Many people dream of writing a book but very few ever put pen to paper and make it to the bookshop shelf.
Jacqui Wright is one of the few.
The bright and bubbly working mother of two from a community near Broome in the Kimberley is this year's winner of the TAG Hungerford award which recognises outstanding works of fiction by unpublished West Australian authors.
Her novel is called 'The Telling' and is set in the North-West region.
It's about a girl who is missing and the story is told through the eyes of a garbage truck driver named Maggot and an academic who has come to the region to do research in an Aboriginal community.
Jacqui talks about the characters with such affection that it's clear it was a big and consuming part of her life.
"They become your friends; my characters aren't necessarily based on one particular person, you start to take little bits and pieces from people in real life and you create this person so they do become a very real friend or a very real part of your world," she said.
If anything, Jacqui hopes her novel shows readers that there is more than one side to a story and encourages them to look further and deeper.
Read on at the website address above.