Love came to town when South Australian ‘rural romance’ writer Tricia Stringer appeared at the Two Wells Bowling club Wednesday 10th September.
Tricia was able to provide a wonderful insight into her writing process and the publishing industry in Australia.
The bowling club hosted the author for an afternoon tea and the audience was treated to a humorous account of how she came to being a published author after the age of the 40.
With writing a book and jumping from a plane at the top of her ‘to do before 40’ list, she worked hard to achieve both great feats, and shared her experiences with the gathering.
District Council of Mallala Library Services Coordinator, Anne Sawtell, organized the event and was rewarded with a delightful turnout.
Tricia revealed that she loved to interact and receive feedback from her readers, who in-turn were able listen to her speak, and chat and mingle with her afterwards.
Her natural rapport with the audience was perhaps the result of her growing up on a farm in Butler Tanks South Australia, near Tumby Bay.
Her stories have a strong sense of place at their heart, and being a country girl, she is able to capture the location of her story and make it real to the reader.
She described her own life story as ‘smooth sailing’.
After boarding school she met and married her country boy sweetheart, Darryl, and they raised three children.
She recently retired from teaching at the start of 2014 and now concentrates on writing full time.
She admitted that she has had a happy life, there was “no drama or conflict”, and this, her own experience, “provides the bones” for her books.
However, much of her inspiration comes from what she observes around her “I am an observer, a gatherer, I see and hear things and store them away”.
“I love to listen to other peoples stories” she explained, “writers always have their ears pricked”.
Reading excerpts from her award winning novel ‘Queen of the Road’ which won the Romance Writers of Australia Ruby Award in 2013, and also her new book ‘Riverboat Point’ which is due for release in December, one can sense that she is indeed an observer of people and their individual experiences.
Research is vital to her writing, which she thoroughly enjoys, as well as writing about strong female characters.
“Writing is terrifying, exciting, solitary and hard work,” she concluded.
And that hard work now sees her boast several published books, both for children and adults.
After her talk, a few quick questions from the audience were answered and a lucky door prize, a pre-copy of her yet to be released book “Riverboat Point”, was awarded.
Mayor, Duncan Kennington, presented Tricia with a gift box of local produce and Tricia then chatted and mingled with the locals.
A new character, storyline or, perchance, new location may have been sourced from her visit to Two Wells, we’ll just have to wait and see.