AUTHORS: Macleay Island authors Patricia Cation and Alene Ivey will launch their first books on the island on April 29.
Macleay Island residents Patricia Cation and Alene Ivey have found their literaryvoices with the release of first novels.
The books will be launched at the Macleay Island Progress Hall, Russell Terrace at 10am on Friday, April 29 with both authors to read excerpts and sign and sell copies.
Both new authors owe their publishing success to theMacleay Island Inspirational Writers Group which they say have inspired and encouraged their endeavours.
Ms Cation said she joined the group on the advice of a neighbour on moving to the island eight years ago.
“I moved to the island as a pre retirement move. I wanted a community lifestyle and it has totally given me that. Besides, it’s lovely place to live with a nice community,” she said.
“I was interested in writing and I loved reading, but I would never have done it (published a book) if not for the group,” she said.
Ms Cation found easy fodder for her story through family research and her first novel The Basket Maker is loosely based on her great great grandfather who was born in 1860 in the Randwick Benevolent Asylum.
“That seemed pretty interesting to me. This is a work of fiction but the events, births and deaths are fact. Of course, you don’t know who said what to whom and when,” she said.
Ms Cation will also launch a second novel at the event. Entitled The Way Home, this is a work of contemporary fiction about three women caught up in an online scam.
Ms Ivey is also launching two books, equally inspired by the group. She said her first entitled Turn Right at the Pink Shirt was a collection of short stories on travel and had already been cobbled together before joining the group.
Her second entitled Paradise Landing is about a young woman who moves from Melbourne to live on an island in Moreton Bay.
“It’s not my story, but I did start making jottings when I moved here nine years ago. The people on the island are very different from those on the mainland,” Ms Ivey said.
“I have always written, but my work would not have been published without the group,” she said.
All books have been published through Feed a Read and can be ordered through that website or purchased at the launch or the island post office for $15.
Ms Ivey said hers had already proven such a success that a second print run had been ordered to cater to the launch.
“We both ordered about 50 in the first run because you don’t know how they will go. I never expected them all to go so well,” Ms Ivey said.
Morning tea will be served at the launch. RSCP to Ms Cation on 3409 5984.
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