Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Crime writer visits Echuca

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Mildura-born crime fiction writer Ruth Morgan will visit Echuca as part of her northern Victoria The Whitworth

Mysteries tour.

She will be at Echuca Library in Hare St at 2.30pm on Sunday, June 5, for afternoon tea.

Ruth was the 2000 winner of the Great Clarendon House Writing Challenge and will be signing books at the library.

Her book is based around a Murray River town, like the one she grew up in, its harsh landscape and open spaces.

“I love setting stories in the regional and rural parts of Australia where I grew up. It’s a harsh landscape with vast open spaces, sparse population­s, floods, trees, isolation,” she said.

Ruth made a decision to semi-retire and take up writing when she had two friends die from cancer and another develop Parkinson’s.

“It made me realise I’d already ‘wasted’ too much time doing things that others expected me to do. It was time to follow my lifelong passion for writing,” she said.

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