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Detective Burrows has been a recurring character in some of your previous novels. Can you tell us a bit about his character?
Dave Burrows is a detective who is tenacious, has great integrity and loves his work. The modern day (2018) he’s married to Kim and lives in Barker, South Australia. In the Dave Burrows series, which is set back in the early 2000s, he’s married to Melinda and is a new Dad to Bec. He’s driven and rarely lets anything stop him from achieving the result needed to solve the crime.
What were some of the challenges in the writing process when writing this book?
I had spinal surgery in January and the due date for this book was the 1st of March. It was really difficult to write while I was on heavy pain relief which tended to addle my brain! I spent a lot of time writing while lying on my bed, with the electric blanket on my back and the fan blowing on me. It was a challenging time, but between the amazing people at Allen and Unwin and I, we got the novel finished! And now, here it is!
What is your favourite quote in your book?
‘The healing rain didn’t seem like it was about to let up for the night and for that she was grateful. She pulled up a chair and sat with her legs tucked up underneath her, enjoying the sounds of nature’s music.’
Can you tell us something about your book that is not already revealed in the synopsis?
Dave’s brother is critically injured in a farming accident and he has to work out whether he wants to go back and see Dean or stay in Barker.
Describe your perfect book heroine/hero?
Harry Bosch from Michael Connelly’s books. I’ve been a little in love with him for many, many years!
What can readers expect next from your writing endeavours?
A young Dave Burrows novel, which is lot more hard core, than previous ones. In fact in the words of my editor: “Without A Doubt is tougher and more hard-bitten than your other Dave Burrows novels and I think that suits the pair of you! The storytelling feels strong and assured and we see Dave at his most rugged and his most vulnerable.”
I loved writing this novel and hope to write many more like this.
About Where The River Runs
Ten years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family’s property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made.
Yet here she was, back in Barker, with her four-year-old daughter, Aria, readying herself to face her father, Tom. The father who’d shouted down the phone ten years ago never to come home again.
With an uneasy truce developing, Chelsea and Aria settle into the rhythm of life on the land with Tom and Cal, the farmhand, who seems already to have judged Chelsea badly. Until a shocking discovery is made on the riverbed and Detective Dave Burrows, the local copper, has to tear back generations of family stories to reveal the secrets of the past.
Chelsea just wants a relationship with her dad but will he ever want that too? Or will his memory lapses mean they’ll never get that opportunity?
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Thirty-year-old Tessa Lowell has a PhD in psychology and is working in Uganda to research the effects of PTSD and war on child soldiers. She joins a delegation travelling across the Congolese border, deep into the African bush, for peace talks with Joseph Kony, notorious leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army.?
At the camp Tessa meets thirteen-year-old Francis, already an experienced soldier and survivor of shocking violence. The talks stall, and the camp is attacked by other rebels who take Tessa. Isolated in an increasingly volatile situation, she tries to form a bond with Francis.
In Melbourne, Tessa’s parents are notified of the kidnapping, but learn there is little that government agencies can do. Desperate, they contact their son Stephen, an astute if manipulative businessman based in Cape Town. He agrees to search for his sister but has other reasons to contact the rebel forces.
As Tessa’s time runs out, her family begins to fracture. Her parents arrive in Uganda to hear awful news about what she has endured. They also learn the devastating truth about the kind of man their son has become. Only they have the power to stop a terrible injustice. But at what cost to their family?
The Wolf Hour is published by Allen & Unwin Australia, RRP $29.99.
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Today’s Q&A post features author Karly Lane, discussing Someone Like You, Ms Lane’s newest novel. Someone Like You is available from retailers and is published by Allen & Unwin.
Can you tell us about your latest release, Someone Like You?
It’s a story about a woman who needs a change of scenery and somewhere to start a new chapter of her life. She makes a tree change and soon discovers that fate seems to be leading her towards something.
Which character was the most challenging to write?
In this book it’s more the back story that I found challenging, but was very worth while. I love Australian history and I really enjoyed researching this story.
How did you brainstorm in the writing process for this novel?
As usual with my writing process, I don’t have a lot of planning initially. It usually starts with either a character, or a place or sometimes just a conversation I hear a character having. So I never know where a story is going to go. This time I started with a place. I’d been invited to St Albans for a writing festival a while ago and fell in love with the history that surrounded the little village. The characters, backstory and plot all had to grow around that.
What is the latest book you have read and enjoyed?
I’ve been re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I just love them.
What can readers expect next in your writing?
I have a three book series coming out next. Book one will be out in December. They’ll be stand alone books but will have recurring characters in all three books.
About Someone Like You
When bestselling author, twenty-nine year old Hayley Stevens, walked in on her husband, Paul, and her best friend in bed together, she knew her life would never be the same again.
One year later, Hayley stowed her last bag in her much-loved Audi Coupe and said goodbye to the city. She was excited to be heading west to Lochway, a small colonial village sitting on the beautiful Macdonald River. Wanting peace and quiet, Hayley had impulsively bought a cosy sandstone cottage there surrounded by lush rose gardens, with a small overseer’s cottage – ideal for a writer’s retreat.
What she didn’t expect was the almost immediate ‘gift’ of a very noisy donkey named Errol. Nor did Hayley expect to meet her handsome new neighbour, Luke Mason, when she was covered in mud trying to drag Errol out of Luke’s dam. The strange thing was though that Luke seemed very familiar to her.
As Hayley slowly gains acceptance into her small community and starts writing again she becomes almost afraid of the inexplicable visions she sees. What does it all mean? And why does Luke refuse to listen to her?
Written with warmth and humour, Someone Like You is an intriguing, funny and romantic story about past lives and new beginnings.
*Someone Like You is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.
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