In­spired novel

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

IN­SPIRED by her best friend’s jour­ney with can­cer, Moss­man- based author Mandy Ma­gro has re­leased her new ro­mance novel Flame Tree Hill.

Heroine Kirsty Mitchell re­turns to her fam­ily farm from the UK in Flame Trill Hill and strikes up a love af­fair with the rodeo-mad lo­cal vet Aden, her child­hood friend, be­fore real­is­ing she has breast can­cer.

The book draws on Ms Ma­gro’s friend Joanne Jack­son’s jour­nal she kept through­out her bat­tle with breast can­cer, which she went through twice and won.

Ms Ma­gro said Joanne waited un­til the book was fin­ished be­fore she read it and is happy to be able to share her jour­ney.

‘‘ She had been say­ing she wanted to reach out to peo­ple and tell her story and what bet­ter way than put it in one of my books,’’ she said.

‘‘ I had seen what she went through and her di­aries gave me a real in­sight and that was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind it.

‘‘ The main men in my books are fig­ments of my imag­i­na­tion, they are all per­fect and that’s what women want in a ro­mance novel, a man who is strong, pro­tec­tive and lays down his life for her.’’

The novel, Ms Ma­gro’s third, took about 18 months to com­plete and hit the shelves yes­ter­day.

Her next book is be­ing edited and she has al­ready started on her the fifth.

‘‘My fourth is called Drift­wood and has Adam Brand in it, it’s a com­bi­na­tion of 1860s bushrangers with a mod­ern day set up,,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a bit of wild boys cross the nov­els I write now, the big dif­fer­ence is there was a lot of re­search from his­tory and writ­ing in Adam Brand as a char­ac­ter was quite chal­leng­ing be­cause he is real.

‘‘He called me the ‘Queen of Smooch’ when he started read­ing the first chap­ter.’’

Ms Ma­gro said her nov­els are based around the area she lives and af­ter hav­ing pre­vi­ously lived in Dim­bu­lah and Ma­reeba, her fifth novel she is work­ing on will have echoes of Moss­man.

‘‘Even though it’s go­ing to be fic­tional it’s still us­ing the area where I live as an ex­pla­na­tion of the sur­rounds and it’s nice to get out of the red dust and dirt and go coastal,’ she said.

‘‘ Moss­man is a lit­tle coun­try town on the coast so it has the best of both worlds and that’s com­ing through in the book.

‘‘I couldn’t imag­ine my life with­out writ­ing - it’s a plea­sure and I can work in my pa­ja­mas.’’

You can find Flame Tree Hill in all good book stores and for more in­for­ma­tion go to mandy­ma­gro.com or if you would like a signed copy con­tact Mandy through www.face­book.com/mandy­ma­groau­thor.

Pic­ture: SIL­VIA RATH

NOVEL CON­NEC­TION: Moss­man author Mandy Ma­gro (right) and in­spi­ra­tion Joanne Jack­son

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