The Fair Wind series
Fran's first published novel, was based on a true story told to her by Lucy Purcell about her great grandparents' arrival at Geelong, in the newly minted colony of Victoria. The travellers' bags were thrown on the beach, there being no wharf in 1850s. When counted, one was missing, so the husband went back to the ship to find it. The wind changed and the captain, eager to avoid losing crew to the goldfields departed. The husband was still on board, his wife stranded on the beach. How did they manage: a fragile artist thrown back to sea, his wife left to cope in a turbulent environment!
This story begged to be written and was self published as The Other Side of the Wind by Flying Pony Press. The limited edition print run sold out and was reprinted. The books include Fran's illustrations - linocuts and drawings.
Readers asked "what happens next, so a sequel Winds of Rebellion brought events to Victoria's only armed conflict – the Eureka Rebellion in December 1854. This is told from the perspective of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.
This series was half intended to be a trilogy so when readers again asked 'what happens next' work began exploring the role of key and ordinary Victorians in Federation and An Imperfect Calendar began.
However, in the fiction business you never know what those characters will do. The story does not reach the period of Australian history of Federation as intended. A lonely child is shuffled around three homes. No one will talk about her mother or father though she knows the latter is alive. Edward Anderson is walking away from grief. But he is drawn back home with a cache of drawings featuring Victoria's diverse landscape.
Book four, The Coriolis Effect, is at the printer now. Work is expected to be completed mid-January. Order the books:
(RRP $25ea plus $7 p/p within Australia):
Also download via Amazon
or order from Peterson's Bookshop, Hastings
February 24, 2019 at Westernport Festival. Pictured are editor Michael Hast with author (left) and author signing books (right). Delighted to find that new readers of the Geelong
novels were keen to have all three in the series. Now, wait! there's more.