Indie Outback- Book Two and the New Year

January 30, 2021

I’ve been working on Indie for 6 months now thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Australia- 2020 Resilience Create Grant. Indie is due to be finished end of May this year- and I have two books to write and edit. I’m starting to feel the timeline squeeze!

The new year has found me writing on a plane, in cafes, libraries and beaches. But not as much as I would like. Miss 4 has been off daycare since the end of December which has been a whole lot of fun. We have also been in a different state than Carl which means that Miss 4 gets to spend a whole lot of time one-on-one with mum or visiting our family and friends in NSW. But also means that author mum must write around Miss 4- not squeezing in stints between the end of school and daycare pick ups, or when dad can take her adventuring. Needless to say- January as not been super productive!

Black Cockatoo was written in Brunswick Heads NSW cafes, Northern Rivers libraries and in Halls Creek WA. Indie Outback has been written across Broome WA and Northern Rivers NSW- such beautiful landscapes and locations to write. I haven’t set Indie’s story anywhere particular- although her story is based on life inland from Mandurah WA or maybe the wheatbelt and she moves up maybe Karratha way. I like to leave locations out of books to let the reader fill in the gaps with their knowledge and experiences. When Carl and I write sometimes the story does need to be anchored somewhere due to culture and language. I like that Indie could kind of be anywhere though.

Maybe February will take Indie and I to new writing locations and new adventures. Who knows what the future holds.

xxx Hakea


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