Today I interview Janet Gover, author of Flight to Coorah Creek. There is also a giveaway :)
1. Who is Janet Gover?
Gosh – you really start off with the hard ones, don’t you. I’m a girl who grew up in a tiny bush town – I was the only person between the ages of 4 and 40. It was a bit lonely – so I escaped through books. When I got older I escaped for real – I was a TV reporter, an academeic, a horse breeder and trainer, a teacher , a comuter geek, a shop assistant.. all these things.
But underneath it all, I was a girl who wanted to explore the whole world and meet everyone in it.
Now that I’m older – I like to go back to that small country town. I appreciate now what a unique upbringing I had. It has given me some rare insights that I use in my writing. But I still want to go everywhere and meet everyone in the world!
2. Tell me about your new book, Flight to Coorah Creek...
Coorah Creek is a fictional town in the far outback of Queensland. It’s a place people sometimes go to hide - from their past or from themselves. Jessica Pearson is tryin to hide from her past when she takes a job flying the air ambulance. Dr Adam Gilmore is hiding a dark secret that as haunted him since he was a child.
They are two damaged souls – who may just find redemption together.
The book is also about the town itself – the people who make it the sort of close knit community it is.
3. What was your inspiration behind this book?
Coorah Creek was inspired by the town in Queensland where I grew up. I am trying to capture that experience in the book.
The idea for the air ambulance comes form my own experience – I was once flown out if the Central Austral desert by an air ambulance. I guess this book is my way of saying thank you to those wonderful people who may just have saved my life.
4. Now let's talk characters. 3 words each that sum up Jessica and Adam?
Three words? That’s hard - I can barely manage to tweet ... Ummm (thinks)
Jessica – lost, determined, honest.
Adam – dedicated, strong, caring.
5. I only know the outback from The Flying Doctors (loved that show), so is the real outback like that?
This is going to sound strange – but I don’t remember ever seeing the series. I think it may have been more popular the UK than in Australia. I always think most TV shows have an element of truth, exaggerated or modified to make a better show.
Having lived there – I can say it’s not an easy life. There are droughts and bush fires. Working a cattle property is physically demanding – especially in the heat. The people who live there have to be tough, but there is a community spirit in the small towns which is wonderful.
And it’s beautiful. At night, looking up into the sky, there are more stars than you would believe. They hang so low in the sky, you feel you could reach out and touch them.
6. And last, are you working on something exciting right now? :)
I am almost finished the second Coorah Creek book. This features two characters we met in Flight to Coorah Creek – it was time for them to have their own stories. Adam and Jess and some of the other characters from the first book make an appearance too – so you can check in and see how they are getting on.
Thanks for having me on the blog.
1 copy of Flight to Coorah Creek
1. Open to everyone!
2. Ends March 22nd
3. Ask questions if you want to :D
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