NOVEL FOR TOUGHEST MARKET
WHEN: TIME: RSVP: ASCOT author Anne Davies wrote Wrath to encourage reluctant teen- age boys to read.
The book is based on a true story about a 24-yearold Tennessee man who was executed for murdering his mum and stepfather at the age of 13.
He was put in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day from the age of 15, where he educated himself and filled his cell with art before he was electrocuted.
Wrath has a much more positive ending and aims to challenge morals, explore romance and the emotions of a 16-year-old boy charged with a double murder.
The story goes back in time to when the main character, Luca, was close to his twin sister, Katy, and his parents were still together.
“I targeted teenage boys because I was an English teacher for nearly 20 years and boys in the 15-17 age group were the most reluctant readers,” Davies said.
She said The Outsiders was a fail-safe book when she was teaching boys, but it was about 40 years old now.
Davies set out to write her own novel that was a bit meatier, with a fastrolling plot and short chapters that challenge boys’ thinking, and was written to give scope for teachers to use it in the classroom.
She admitted the book involved a violent topic.
“Nevertheless, I explain the events leading up to that event and how, if we act out of anger and lose control, the mistakes we make can be terrible,” Davies said.
“I have gone into this, as well as drug-taking and other crime, in a way which I hope will make kids think. In no way does it incite violence, just the opposite.”
Davies put her creative writing on hold while she was a teacher, joining the Society of Women Writers of WA when she left the role.
“We met every month or so and I joined a writers’ circle of about eight people, which meant we all had to contribute some sort of writing, send it to an editor who collated them all and sent them to each member,” she said.
“I was writing a short story each time.”
Anne Davies with her novel, Wrath.