Life in the bush inspiration for prolific author

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Author Fleur McDonald promotes her latest book Without A Doubt at the Australind Public Library
Camera IconAuthor Fleur McDonald promotes her latest book Without A Doubt at the Australind Public Library Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Esperance Author Fleur McDonald visited Australind Public Library last week to launch her 14th book Without A Doubt.

The country born and bred novelist said her writing was motivated by her passion for agriculture.

“I take my responsibility in promoting farming in a really positive light.

“I try to take some of the issues we may be having at the time – whether it be rural depression or stock stealing – and put those issues it into my books.

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“Writing about our country towns and what we experience all the time is something I think readers need to be aware of because we are really different to the city.”

While the majority of her inspiration is drawn from the farming side of things, the author also drew on her creative imagination.

“Sometimes I hear a story on the radio that really sparks my interest and I think I wonder if I can work with that,” she said.

“Often I get together with one of the detectives that I work with up in Perth and throw story lines around and that can sometimes inspire me.”

Having just released her latest book, the mother of two enjoys picking up a John Grisham or Michael Connelly mystery book occasionally.

“I love anything mystery, crime or detective,” she said.

“My most recent book (Without A Doubt) has some real heart-stopping crime in it, which I love.

“There is also this side of humour and blokey-ness to it, and I think readers will really enjoy that.”

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