Tracks of the Missing (Magabala 2021) is a YA suspense thriller based in the outback. Tracks of the Missing was inspired by a mix of things. Carl grew up hearing his local Creation stories or local scary stories. Hakea enjoyed reading Goosebumps as a kid. Reading Deklan, our son, Goosebumps books at night kind of taught us by example how we might structure a scary story of our own.
Tracks of the Missing has heaps of little real life snippets woven into it, amongst a whole lot of made up fiction. Goosebumps sparked our interest, scary outback stories inspired the direction, the movie Wolf Creek was not far from our minds. People really do get lost or go missing in the outback and they are really, really hard to find. Sly grogging and the drug trade really do exist even out in the remote Kimberley. Lots of teachers working remote are fresh from the city. Some of the stories that the main character tells are based on Carl’s childhood.
We planned out the really loose structure and storyline of the book- but the crazy thing is that it just kind of took its own shape.
We look forward to sharing more of the story with you again soon.
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