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 quest for her missing husband Daniel.

The working title for this book was Rakali, and there was an image of an environmentalist (Daniel Debranz) on the cover.

Man with camera and face mask in grain field

I love this cover but 2020 came around and now a person wearing a mask isn't a mysterious farm invader but just a responsible person trying to contain the COVID virus. I decided to change the title to Wipptee and create a rural romance cover instead. Same story but different focus.

Farm girl with straw hat looking at landscape



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