Au­thor on the rise

WRIT­ING DE­BUT NOVEL RISE OF DELILAH TURNED AU­THOR’S DE­PRES­SION AROUND

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

UP-AND-COM­ING Beel­iar au­thor Mea­gan Dux says she is not feel­ing the pres­sure ahead of the launch of her de­but novel, The Rise of Delilah.

THERE is a fair bit of pres­sure that comes with a de­but novel.

“Like a first im­pres­sion, you only get one.

While that might bring most an im­mense amount of pres­sure, Beel­iar’s Mea­gan Dux says she could not be more com­fort­able with The Rise of Delilah, the book that will an­nounce her ar­rival on the lit­er­ary land­scape.

“I’m thrilled with the fi­nal prod­uct,” the Mur­doch Univer­sity grad­u­ate said.

“There were quite a few nights when I was up un­til 3am typ­ing away and I sac­ri­ficed go­ing out with my friends and do­ing things I en­joy to fin­ish.

“But it was well worth it and I wouldn’t change a sin­gle thing about my novel.

“An au­thor only gets one de­but novel and I’m very proud this is mine.

“I put my heart and soul into the book and I hope my read­ers will love Delilah's jour­ney just as much as I loved writ­ing it.”

The Rise of Delilah tracks a daugh­ter’s jour­ney to find her fa­ther and the re­al­i­sa­tion that lo­cat­ing him will come at a cost.

Dux, 25, said the words flowed eas­ily.

“I loved the writ­ing process,” she said.

“Sur­pris­ingly, it was ridicu­lously easy.

Dux said pro­duc­tion of the novel had helped her man­age her bat­tle with de­pres­sion, which she was di­ag­nosed with in 2013.

“I took my pain and used it to find enough strength to write,” she said.

“Within three months, I had fin­ished the man­u­script and my life turned around.

“I had found a pas­sion and my pur­pose and I had found the one thing that saved me in my dark­est mo­ments.

“Writ­ing a novel changed my life for­ever and I’m for­ever thank­ful I de­cided not to lis­ten to the voice that was telling me I couldn’t do this.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467586

Me­gan Dux cred­its writ­ing her first novel, Rise of Delilah, with turn­ing her de­pres­sion around.

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