I started writing this book on my honeymoon in Thailand, a rare occasion in which the days stretched forward with leisurely poolside hours to fill.
There, an image of a little boy fishing with his dad arrived, unbidden, in my imagination. I started writing and couldn’t stop.
Later that year, I often lost track of time and forgot to eat or drink whilst writing from our attic lodgings in Devon, England – enjoying the opportunity to mentally transport myself home to Australia’s balmy east coast while looking out my rain-speckled window.
I wrote the second draft on a solo stay in an airbnb cabin at the bottom of someone’s backyard in the Blue Mountains, five months pregnant.
That baby is now four years old and a big brother, and the manuscript has sat in the digital equivalent of my top drawer since then.
I’ve had several readers who’ve kept me encouraged with their feedback, critiques and – to my delight – praise. Alas I haven’t had success taking the traditional publishing route, so I’ve decided to be brave (or vain, depending on your perspective!) and self-publish. It’s time to give this book wings and move onto my next creative project (stay tuned).
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“There’s his boat. Upside down on the sand. Like something ancient, something returned to nature long ago.”
Liam is living an unhappy life in the city, having an affair with the married woman upstairs, haunted by the ghosts of his childhood.
When he discovers his mother is sick, Liam decides to return to his hometown where, 20 years earlier, his father went fishing and never came home.
But Liam’s not the first person in his family to have made that journey to the coast in search of the truth.
Moving between generations, Confluence is a contemporary mystery novel about time, memory, love and loss, through the lens of one family’s tragedy.
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