Au­thor en­joys coun­try vis­its

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Best-sell­ing Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary fic­tion au­thor Jenn J McLeod will visit Co­bram Li­brary on Mon­day, July 10 to share some in­spi­ra­tion on writ­ing and pub­lish­ing.

What does a writer do when she runs out of friends and fam­ily to fic­tion­alise?

She sells up, down­sizes to a 25-foot car­a­van and goes in search of more coun­try towns and quirky char­ac­ters — and ac­cord­ing to Jenn J McLeod, this mag­nif­i­cent coun­try has plenty of both.

While writ­ing on the road has its chal­lenges, Ms McLeod said the best part by far was get­ting to stop and meet re­gion­ally-based read­ers and writ­ers who of­ten miss out on au­thor big city tours and events.

‘‘I love drop­ping into lo­cal li­braries along the way to say g’day,’’ she said.

She hit best­seller sta­tus when she was 53, with her de­but novel House for all Sea­sons, with read­ers plac­ing it at num­ber five on the Nielsen’s Best Sell­ing De­but Novel list.

Re­view­ers have hailed her fourth novel, The Other Side of the Sea­son as the best yet.

Ms McLeod’s sea­sons col­lec­tion of four nov­els are best de­scribed as heart­warm­ing tales of Aus­tralian coun­try life that weave in­tri­cate ta­pes­tries of friend­ship, fam­ily, love and con­tem­po­rary is­sues.

Read­ers who en­joy fam­ily and friend­ship sto­ries in the style of Mon­ica McInerney, Maeve Binchy and Liz Bryski will en­joy Ms McLeod’s small town sto­ries.

Her au­thor talks blend amus­ing anec­dotes and facts as she dis­cusses both the in­spi­ra­tion for her sto­ries and the process of get­ting a book from her head and onto the shelves, in­clud­ing how she turned a rock into a book.

Whether you are an avid reader or an as­pir­ing au­thor, you will walk away with a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the book’s jour­ney.

Jenn J McLeod will speak and meet peo­ple at Co­bram Li­brary on Mon­day, July 10 at 2 pm. Book­ings are re­quired; phone Co­bram Li­brary on 1300 374 765 by July 7.

Au­thor ex­per­tise: Best-sell­ing coun­try writer Jenn J McLeod will speak at Co­bram Li­brary on July 10.

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