Au­thor finds sim­ple so­lu­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about The Wiluna So­lu­tion or Dave God­dard, visit www.aussie

Como au­thor Dave God­dard has just re­leased his sec­ond novel.

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