The words are flowing for Kangaroo Island author Darry Fraser and so is the success, as she launches her second River Murray novel in print, with publisher Harper Collins.
Where the Murray River Runs is a companion novel to her hugely successful Daughter of the Murray, launched a year ago.
The new novel tells the story of Ard O’Rourke and Linley Seymour and spans the communities from Bendigo down the River Murray to Renmark circa 1890.
O’Rourke is related to the lead character in the first Murray book but this new novel is not a sequel.
The premise is unusual and intriguing. A young Linley has become guardian of a baby born in Bendigo, whose unwed mother has died and whose father is the man she always thought of as her own.
Where the Murray River Runs is already on international release under Harper Collins, testament to the notable success of its predecessor; the print run for Daughter of the Murray is up to 10,000 now, an important achievement in a genre where selling 3000 printed copies is considered a success.
Next May it will be released in smaller format.
The words and the work are flowing now for Darry.
Her next book is contracted for November 2018 and will centre around Ballarat, immediately after the Eureka stockade.
“It is always fascinating to read first-hand accounts of history and to realise these people had worries, dreams and fears not so different to ours.
And while my characters are fictional, they can tell us a lot about the time in which they lived as well as the universal truths that apply to us all,” Darry said.
Her research for the Ballarat novel also revealed some fascinating facts, such as women being ‘accidentally’ granted the vote in the goldfields.
Darry is also working on a third River Murray novel, which she hopes will bring the story closer to South Australia, along the river from Renmark to Mannum.
Another exciting development for Darry has been the privately commissioned novel for a family which wants to immortalise its colourful ancestor from Wales who starts out in 1839, and who makes a fortune in the mines at Blinman after emigrating to South Australia.
Where the Murray River Runs is for sale now, including at Kingscote Newsagency and Kingscote Gift Shop, and will be officially launched at KI Spirits cellar door, Cygnet River, on Sunday December 10 at 2pm by the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Wendy Campana.
Proceeds from the sale of specially-themed cocktails will raise funds for a defibrillator at KIS.