Step­ping out in Shad­ows

TWO of the most-loved char­ac­ters from the Waarda se­ries have been brought to­gether in the new book Cy­clones and Shad­ows.

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

FOUR au­thors plus four adored chil­dren’s sto­ries equals one newly re­leased Fre­man­tle Press book that is very hard to put down.

Cy­clones and Shad­ows is a col­lec­tion of four of the most pop­u­lar Waarda se­ries tales from writ­ers Dar­lene Ox­en­ham, Pat Dud­geon and Pat’s nieces Laura Dud­geon and Sab­rina Dud­geon-Swift, all brought to­gether un­der one cover.

The Dud­geons’ much-loved char­ac­ter Lilli and her com­pan­ion Shadow star in two of the sto­ries, prov­ing a good friend­ship al­ways goes both ways, while strong-willed An­nie’s ad­ven­ture is told in the sec­ond two sto­ries, delv­ing into the im­por­tance of fam­ily ties and of hav­ing a lit­tle bit of in­ge­nu­ity.

Fre­man­tle’s Dud­geon-Swift said she loved writ­ing the story Lilli and Shadow in Trou­ble with her sis­ter and be­ing able to col­lab­o­rate had made for a dif­fer­ent writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent and in fact can be a lot more en­joy­able I think as there are more ideas and sto­ry­lines be­ing shared across the ta­ble,” she said.

“A lot of brain­storm­ing be­tween us hap­pened and we all were able to bounce ideas off each other.

“It was a lot eas­ier to be in­spired by the ex­cite­ment and pas­sion of each other, es­pe­cially when we got stuck with which di­rec­tion the story would go.”

Ox­en­ham said both of An­nie’s sto­ries in Cy­clones and Shad­ows had been in­spired by child­hood mem­o­ries.

“The Beach Sports Car is based on a beat-up faded pink Volk­swa­gen that we ac­tu­ally did own and which my fa­ther had trans­formed so we could we drive it along the beach,” she said.

“We of­ten used the car to go down on to the beach to col­lect shells. My fa­ther would drive the car along the beach and we would look out for the tell-tale sign of a small air hole in the sand, which sig­nalled that a baler shell was be­neath the sand.

“In both of my sto­ries I also in­cluded my beloved dog Patches as he was an im­por­tant part of my life at the time.”

Get Cy­clones and Shad­ows at www.fre­

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d468740

Sab­rina Dud­geon-Swift is one of the con­trib­u­tors to Cy­clones and Shad­ows.

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