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Rakali Springs — an imaginary Australian country town

  I made up Rakali Springs. There's no such place, but I imagine it to look very like the pretty little towns in New South Wales' western slopes. Towns like Cootamundra or the town in this picture, Cowra.  The houses have corrugated metal roofs, and the older houses are wooden cottages. Houses are spread out on large blocks, and trees and gardens grow everywhere except in drought years. Most have railways running through, but these days there are only grain trains, no passenger services. The grain gets a royal ride and the people are jolted around on buses. Rakali Springs is the scene of the action in the cozy mystery / rural romance Wipptee. BUY EBOOK NOW

Writing Wipptee — a little mystery, a little romance

 It's five years since I moved to the country, and I've wanted to write about it since the first day. I've always been a city girl, and I imagined the country as a quiet, somewhat behind the times, place. I was so wrong. There's a boiling cauldron of politics, and while retail is limited, there's no shortage of information or internet access. And the idea that people live and die in their native town isn't true either. People move all over the place. There's constant change. Another shock — the country is industrial. Trucks, machinery, warehouses, factories, and now wind and solar production, are everywhere. Some of the great issues of our time converge in the country. Animal rights, farm invasions, the right to protest, the destructive potential of agriculture, people's lifelong dedication to landcare and land repair, and mining rights, create a potent mix of conflicting views. In this book I try to capture some of this, against Maddison Debranz's q