Yesterday, I sent my publishers, Allen & Unwin, the first draft of a new novel. It’s always a great feeling when you let go of a book, even though I know this one is going to come back with lots of notes scribbled in every margin.
I’m looking forward to turning my attention to another book that I’ve had simmering away on the back-burner. At the moment, it’s called The Red Camel. Later in the year, it will published by the National Museum of Australia as a new title in the Making Tracks series. The Museum commissions well-known Australian children’s authors to write stories based on items held in their collections. Last year, I wrote A Penny to Remember for them after they sent me an image of a convict love token. It’s a great series and I was really pleased when they asked me to write a second title.
One of my favourite titles in the series so far is Wendy Orr‘s Across the Dark Sea. It’s a beautiful story about a small boy who flees Vietnam with his father in the wake of the Vietnam War. Although the series is aimed at younger readers, the historical content of many of the books is so enthralling that they are a great read for any age group.