Mar­il­lier to de­liver Den

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Entertainment - Therese Col­man

WA-based fan­tasy au­thor Juliet Mar­il­lier will be at the Mar­garet River li­brary on Thurs­day to talk about her new book.

Mar­il­lier has been writ­ing for 12 years after a long ca­reer as a mu­sic teacher.

When the Aure­alis Award win­ner isn’t writ­ing, she’s look­ing after her grand­chil­dren, fa­cil­i­tat­ing writ­ing work­shops, and serv­ing on the Lit­er­ary Board of the Katharine Su­san­nah PrichardWrit­ers’ Cen­tre.

Mar­il­lier will present her new book Den of Wolves, the third in her fan­tasy se­ries that fol­lows char­ac­ters Black­thorn and Grim on a quest for vengeance on the man who ru­ined Black­thorn’s life.

Although her books are fan­tasy, Mar­il­lier has drawn her in­flu­ences from every­day life.

“My ideas come from things I ob­serve peo­ple do­ing and ways I see them re­act­ing and in­ter­act­ing — hu­man be­hav­iour, I guess,” she said.

“That doesn’t mean I put real peo­ple into my books as char­ac­ters, but I do use all sorts of ideas my ex­pe­ri­ence sug­gests to me.”

Mar­il­lier said her sto­ries were gen­er­ally ded­i­cated to her mother, sis­ter and daugh­ters.

“You’ll find women as pro­tag­o­nists in all my books, with the sto­ries of­ten struc­tured around their jour­ney to ma­tu­rity or self-knowl­edge,” she said.

“In my later books, you’ll in­creas­ingly find men and women who have been dam­aged by trauma and who strug­gle to over­come its ef­fects.”

Mar­il­lier will speak at the li­brary next Thurs­day at 6pm. Book­ings are es­sen­tial and the li­brary needs RSVPs by Oc­to­ber 18 via am­r­li­brary@amr­shire.wa.gov.au or 9780 5600.

Au­thor Juliet Mar­il­lier with dog Harry.

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