Twists in trav­eller’s tales


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

LO­CAL au­thor M.A. Hill has used her ex­pe­ri­ence at sea as in­spi­ra­tion for the sec­ond in­stal­la­tion in her Travellers Tril­ogy book se­ries.

TWO years af­ter re­leas­ing the open­ing chapter in her Travellers Tril­ogy, Hamil­ton Hill au­thor M.A Hill says she is ex­cited to have part two avail­able to or­der.

Wind­force: A Voy­age Into the Blue picks up af­ter the events of Track­less: A Jour­ney That Fol­lows No Trails, thrust­ing Gretta Fin­neson – a mi­nor char­ac­ter pre­vi­ously – into the spot­light.

The sailor be­comes en­gaged in a bat­tle to save her ma­rine eco-char­ter busi­ness in Shark Bay from de­struc­tion by devel­op­ers.

When her fa­ther and part­ner are in­jured she takes on a solo yacht de­liv­ery of a vin­tage rac­ing boat from Carnar­von to Al­bany through win­ter storms.

“It’s a com­plex story that in­volves many char­ac­ters and twists and turns,” Hill said.

“There’s a lot of ac­tion – sail­ing in calm and storm with all the amaz­ing ocean wildlife – whales, and orca.

“The out­back ad­ven­tures also in­volve a bush­man who is an artist.

“There’s also the story of the mu­si­cian with men­tal ill­ness and her life in the for­est.

“There are bat­tles against the el­e­ments, bush­fires on land, and gales at sea.

“And the con­spir­acy that my hero­ine must un­ravel to save the Shark Bay wildlife from ruth­less and pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tions, per­son­i­fied by the bad guys Derek Blair, To­bias Bel­lamo and Joe Ker­nan.

“There are bil­lion­aire mag­nates, hippy for­tune tell­ers, sailors, a mys­tic for­tune teller – a host of char­ac­ters all drawn from life.”

Hill, a mem­ber of the Rock­ing­ham Writ­ers Group, said the book was con­ceived more than 10 years ago but brushed aside.

A sec­ond con­sid­er­a­tion five years ago con­vinced her she “needed to tell this story”.

One of the ma­jor fac­tors in her de­ci­sion was an in­ter­est in shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences of ad­ven­ture and the dif­fi­cul­ties she has over­come, in­clud­ing men­tal ill­ness and the strug­gle to re-build her life af­ter a se­ries of trau­matic events.

A launch party will be held at Fre­man­tle’s Ki­dogo Art­house from 4pm on Au­gust 14.

The third chapter, Swept­back, a pas­sage through the deep, should be re­leased by early 2017.

For in­for­ma­tion visit

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d455813

M.A. Hill launches her lat­est book.

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