First book seven years in mak­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Park -

SHADES of life in Vic­to­ria Park, Bull Creek and cen­tral Perth’s Queen Street can be de­tected in the first novel by Vic­to­ria Park lo­cal Jac­que­line Perry-Strick­land.

The Mag­pie’s Nest was launched at Crow Books on Al­bany High­way last week after more than seven years of plan­ning, writ­ing and rewrit­ing for the mother-of-two.

De­scrib­ing it as a mys­tery ro­mance, Perry-Strick­land said the story fol­lowed the his­tory of a gown avail­able for hire at cos­tu­mier The Mag­pie’s Nest that some­how turned its fe­male wear­ers “crazy”.

“Was it a su­per­sti­tion or a co­in­ci­dence, that is the ques­tion of the gown. Was its in­flu­ence sci­ence or fancy?” she said.

The arts grad­u­ate be­gan writ­ing the novel when her older daugh­ter was a baby but the project “went out the win­dow” when her sec­ond daugh­ter with Bull Creek-raised Stu­art Strick­land ar­rived two years later.

“Then we started ren­o­vat­ing our Vic Park cot­tage and Stu­art was do­ing his MBA. I made a com­mit­ment to my­self to have it writ­ten by the time we went to New York for my 40th birth­day,” she said.

“I man­aged that but it then took 18 months to edit and rewrite as so much had changed since I be­gan writ­ing it. For ex­am­ple, I de­scribed the view out of the car win­dow of the dry, coarse, harsh scrub as the hero­ine drives from Perth air­port, but I went there about three months ago and there is no scrub in sight – it’s all ware­houses and freight ter­mi­nals, so I had to up­date that.”

Jac­que­line Perry-Strick­land with daugh­ters Sophie (7) and Naomi (5) at the launch.

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