Author finds simple solution
DAVE Goddard’s love affair with remote communities began many years ago when he worked in the Kimberley.
The novelist, and former researcher and teacher, began a journey while teaching in the remote parts of WA that made him fall in love with the Outback and its people.
“I remember I was working in the Kimberley in the late ’80s and I was looking for some men and asked an old Aboriginal woman where they were and she put her hand out to ask me for money,” Goddard said.
“I gave her $20 and I said to the gentleman I was with ‘I won’t see that money again will I?’ and he said ‘ no, but you won’t be lost, cold, hungry or lonely in this town again’.
“It was that obligation to family and society, and the traditional values of Aboriginal people that I greatly admired.”
The Como resident has just launched his second book, The Wiluna Solution, which follows on from his successful first novel Hiding Place.
“Both books are about promoting Aboriginality in a positive light,” Goddard said.
While he does not want to spoil the story, or confuse people, Goddard’s latest book is set in Wiluna, north of Kalgoorlie, in 1934 and 2007.
In 2007, a detective in Kalgoorlie is asked to investigate the dis- appearance of a female teacher in Wiluna and through some strange events finishes up in 1934.
Goddard said he could not have written the book without the help of his wife Karen, and when quizzed about his secret to writing, his answer was simple:
“I create as I go along thanks to the anecdotes I collected when I was working in remote parts of the state,” he said
“My wife said I should write them down and it all really started like a book of bad Irish jokes.”
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Como author Dave Goddard has just released his second novel.