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Author on the job for outback novel

Saturday, 25th March, 2017

Author Meredith Appleyard browsing through books at the city library yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Author Meredith Appleyard browsing through books at the city library yesterday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

Author Meredith Appleyard has been getting a feel for the outback to help set the scene for her next novel.

Meredith has spent the past few days in Broken Hill researching the book which will be based in the district.

She held a book launch at the Library last night and will host a Writer’s Workshop today. Her most recent book ‘No Job for a Girl’ was promoted at the book launch.

Meredith used to work in the outback as a registered nurse and midwife in various health practice settings including the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

“It’s been good to be back in Broken Hill,” Meredith said.

“It’s been busy. I’ve driven out to Silverton as I plan to set a scene in my next book out there.

“I’ve spent time at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base. I’ve just spent a lot of time looking around, driving around and gathering information.

“I’ve been to the shopping centres, had a meal at a hotel and discovered the Silly Goat.”

She said her time in town has help her get a feel for the area.

“When I was here in last July I stayed with a friend who did all the driving.

“This time I’ve done the driving myself - you get a better sense of distances.

“Driving here you get a sense of how isolated it is.”

Meredith also got a lot of information from staff at the RFDS.

“I also found it really helpful to be able to talk to a practice nurse at the RFDS. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that work.

“The story is formed and most of it has been written.

“This was about authenticity and getting my facts straight so it is believable.

“I’m halfway through the story. Once I get home and have a break, I’ll get back into it.”

Meredith said she has had quite a bit of interest in the Writers Workshop today.

“I’ve had about 11 people sign up which is good.”

The workshop will include what it takes to be a novelist, where ideas come from, decloping a plot, making characters come alive, the importance of a setting and other things to consider when writing contemporary fiction.

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