Kilkivan author has book published on Amazon Kindle

KILKIVAN author Marnie Walters-Burgess's new fiction novel has been released on Amazon kindle. Today, Marnie tells us in her own words how the story came about.

Inquiline is a story set in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, the way I remember it, the way my research describes it to me; the way the country was for us, the last generation of the settlers.

Inquiline is the quest of a displaced, alien boy raised in 1950-60 Australia by an itinerant rural labourer. Having no concept of his unusual heredity, the boy tackles life without knowing the game plan, isolated by talents that often lead him into conflict and possessed of skills unavailable to his peer group.

As he matures he discovers these abilities become stronger yet moral constraints confuse him, rendering the skills unreliable when he is constantly pursued by an enemy.

A natural musician, Chris grows up travelling around Australia, sometimes in Home Rule (near Mudgee), sometimes along the east coast (Sydney, Gold Coast), most often in bush towns and on properties where he learns to become a farm hand and a fiddle player.

Post-war Australia sets the scene against which Chris is viewed and it is as much a comment on the geographical and social way Australia was in those years as it is about Chris's dilemma about fitting into it.

The revelation of his improbable background is not forthcoming because he is an adventurous boy who is not averse to searching for answers. Finally, he and his "cousin" steal a light plane, the consequences of which put him into his enemy's hands.

After 19 years of isolation he is united with his true family with whom he cannot identify, while an alliance with his father, which has been the stuff of his dreams and aspirations, turns out to be not as he imagined.

Inquiline means living in the abode of another. The protagonist is a conglomeration of many people I have known.

I began writing the novel as a kind of hobby in the eighties. I had experiences for the novel in my capacity of riding instructor and later, jillaroo on a working beef cattle property in Mudgee, NSW, then as a working musician around Sydney.

I taught myself to write by writing it. My research and memory were pretty thorough so it is a reasonable account of fifties/sixties Australia.

It was once accepted by a publisher but I was so busy as a professional musician that I didn't follow it up (my mistake).

My writing history is pretty modest. I am one of Kilkivan's writing group which publishes a magazine of home-grown stories once per month. We have been operating for nearly three years.

Over time I have won a first and two seconds in the Bendigo Bank-Gympie Library Literary Awards and a first in the Dickabram Bridge 125th celebrations.

Since I completed the current novel, I have published two books, both now in the Mitchell Library. In 2002 I published The Jeanne Montez Story - Latin American dancing in the Australian ballroom. It is about one of Australia's best exhibition dancers from the 1930s and '40s. In 2005 I published The Kilkivan Goomeri Reds - Rugby League's Gentlemen, about our fine footy team who played against many local teams, including Gympie, through the sixties.

Inquiline is currently being read onto CD as a talking book by the very talented fiddle player, Pixie Jenkins."

Look for Inquiline by Marnie Walters-Burgess on Amazon kindle.

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