July 2016

Hello again from Buderim. It would appear that our brief sojourn with winter is over. Once more, clear blue skies and mild temperatures have dominated the Sunny Coast - perfect Spring weather for the many tourists who are still filling the coast. One of the pleasures of living here is that we mostly see the best in people. Families who are on holidays, relaxed and enjoying their children often bring a smile to our face as we enjoy our morning coffee. A good start to the day!

If I had to use one word to describe JULY it would be ‘productive’. For some time now, I have been keeping you updated about my forthcoming book. Finally this month saw it sent away to the publisher for a professional edit and last weekend our photographer son came up from Sydney to help us choose the best of the seemingly hundreds of photographs. I now feel as though the first major steps are completed and it’s time to get on with the final stage – the fine tuning.

That being the case, it’s time to share with you the chosen cover and the promotional blurb – would it prompt you to pick it up and buy it?




August 2017 will be the official fiftieth anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast, so what better time to share the warmth and brightness of this special part of Australia. My Sunshine Coast provides a personal look at a unique area of South East Queensland. Author Anne Moorhouse explores a diversity of locations and introduces some of the people who contribute to the coast’s appeal.

This book journeys through the history of the Sunshine Coast: the early years, when Aborigines were the traditional owners of the land; the early days of white settlement, when the wealth of precious timber was found; and finally, the modern day growth and developments. Today, the coast’s contemporary lifestyle continues to be popular with those who long for a sea-change from life in the southern cities.

Anne shares a handful of stories from residents, regular visitors, and community members, whose dedication to the coast has contributed greatly to a way of life that is the envy of many.

Wherever you are on the Sunshine Coast, be it at one of the numerous beaches, in the cooler air of the hinterland, or walking through one of the various national parks, you are never far from the peace and tranquillity of nature. The colourful photographs complement the stories that are told and replicate the vibrant colours of the coast—the sapphire sea, the golden beaches, and the azure sky.

This book is not meant to be simply a tourist guide, but rather a book that visitors to the Sunshine Coast can take home to remind them of their captivating visit; a book to give to friends as an introduction to the coast.

My Sunshine Coast will take the reader on a journey through a place of scenic beauty and introduce them to some of the people who have made the Sunshine Coast the exceptional place it is today.

There is still a way to go until completion with adjustments to be done after the edit and a final pruning of the photographs. After that it will be off for the designer to put it all together before printing, but I feel I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

So, there has not been much time for reading but I did manage to catch up with another favourite author - Kate Atkinson. When will there be Good News is the latest in her detective series and having read the first ones, I thoroughly enjoyed this one too but it did make me think about writing books in a series. How much needs to be in the latest book to make sure the reader is familiar with the characters and situations that have gone before? And where to stop before readers think it is too repetitive? Fortunately there are plenty of new characters here to keep it new and fresh, but it was good to have the familiar characters in there too. I find it takes me a while to really get into Kate’s books – she has a way of writing that is almost like stream of consciousness writing. Where one thought follows another and leads onto another path until eventually you are taken right away from where you began. It can be a bit frustrating to begin with, but just settle back and enjoy the ride; it gets easier as you go along.

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