I’m off tomorrow on a research trip for my new novel, working title Turtle Reef. I know we live in a time where a vast amount of information is at our fingertips through the internet, without even leaving our desk. Books, histories, documentaries and academic journals are available online, and they are invaluable for authors constructing stories set outside their regular world.
However it’s still important if possible to physically spend time with a setting to capture it authentically. No amount of reading could convey the true grandeur of the high country, or the enchanted forests of the Bunya Mountains, or the evening beauty of reflected stars in the Murray’s dark waters. It’s enormously helpful for writers to experience these things first hand. Smells are especially hard to grasp without being there. A vivid imagination can create a world, but the eye of a keen observer can truly bring it to life.
That’s why I’m off to Queensland tomorrow to spend time in cane country, and also on Lady Elliot Island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The blurb for my current work-in-progress goes something like this.
‘Unlucky-in-love zoologist Zoe King has given up on men. Moving from Sydney to the small sugar town of Kiawa means a fresh start and she is charmed by the region’s beauty – by its rivers and rainforests. By its vast cane fields, sweeping from the foothills down to the rocky coral coast. And by its people – its farmers and fishermen, unhurried and down to earth, proud of their traditions.
Her work at the Reef Centre provides all the passion she needs and Zoe finds a friend in Bridget, the centre’s director. So the last thing she expects is to fall for her boss’s boyfriend, cane king Quinn Cooper. When animals on the reef begin to sicken and die, Zoe’s personal and professional worlds collide. She faces a terrible choice. To protect the reef must she betray the man she loves?’
How fantastic, to be able to spend some more time in this beautiful part of Australia. The manuscript and I are going to have a ball!
Love the sound of the new book Jenny and the research trip will be amazing. Look forward to reading more about it o your blog as the story unfolds.
Thanks Pamela. I’ll be interested to see how the story unfolds too!
Have a wonderful trip collecting the smells and sounds fr the book Jennifer. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself too.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Thank you David. I will! Hugs OX
Lucky you!!! Have a wonderful time, Jen xoxo
I will, thanks Margareta. Will be thinking of you and look forward to seeing you when I get back. Let’s hope that soon we’ll both be writing up a storm!
Have a great trip, Jennifer. I might pass your on the highway as we’ll be travelling south this week. 🙂 Lady Elliot is a fabulous island. You’ll love it.
Thanks so much Barbara!