Friday, August 24, 2007
Again this week I’ve done work outside of my office, travelling to the Katherine Susannah Prichard writing centre in Greenmount, which is a 35 minute drive from where I live. Odd to think that I’ve been writing for 20 years and have never visited this little country cottage where one of Australia’s most famous writers used to live. There, I addressed a creative writing class, where my book BROKEN JOURNEY was dissected and discussed. Amazing how 3 hours can pass so quickly in pleasant company.
BROKEN JOURNEY, which was released early this year by Severn House UK is basically a love story between Jilly and Alec. It begins in 1944 towards the end of the second world war, when the main characters are children. From there it weaves the journey their lives take over 40 years, a journey where their friendship being threatened by distance, and the love that grows when they’re brought together again. Threaded through is the trauma of the birth of Jilly’s first child, who she was forced to give up for adoption, and the subsequent reunion that eventually takes place. Booklist, the journal of the American Library Association, reviewed it thus: “Woods gives readers a sweet and gentle story about lonely souls overcoming adversity.”