NEW TALE TO TELL: Gympie author Faye Roots will launch her debut novel at the Gympie Library next Thursday.
NEW TALE TO TELL: Gympie author Faye Roots will launch her debut novel at the Gympie Library next Thursday. Contributed

Author to launch debut novel at Gympie Library

WOLVI resident Faye Roots, author of the inspiring new novel Beyond the Ashes, will launch her book at the Gympie Library on Thursday, June 12 at 5pm.

Faye has loved writing and reading since childhood - she can still remember her mother complaining, "she always has her head buried in a book".

These early literary inclinations proved worthwhile however, as Faye won an essay competition when she was 12 years old and her short stories have been published in both the New Zealand Women's Weekly and the Australian Women's Weekly.

She has also won prizes in short story competitions, including the Gympie Regional Libraries Bendigo Literary Awards.

Faye worked at the Courier Mail in Brisbane for eight years but decided against a journalistic career, preferring the world of imaginative fiction.

"I always wanted to be a journalist," Faye said.

"I loved the newspaper life but when I was offered a cadetship by the editor at the Courier, I suddenly knew that being a journalist was really not for me.

"The need to write only facts, with often the brutal and confronting stories of large city journalism, frightened me.

"I had a rich imagination and the world of fiction was more appealing.

"Surprisingly though, it was in the writing of real life stories about rural people that I had a few seasons of genuine satisfaction.

"The Gympie Times' Weekender magazine and the Hinterland Voice both provided a place for articles I had written.

"As a committed Christian, my desire has always been to write only the positive and hopeful when so much in literature in recent times features the violent and often profane."

Beyond the Ashes is Faye's first novel and she is now completing her second, which has Gympie in 1851 as its setting.

"Beyond the Ashes has been for me an absolute labour of love," Faye said.

"Though these people are entirely fictitious they were, and are, real to me and their story needed to be told.

"My hope is that the story will be enjoyed and perhaps some people will find it both encourages and gives them hope for resolution of personal conflicts in their own lives.

"Ashes is a story for general reading but it has a Christian heartbeat."

Faye and her husband David live in the rural surroundings of Wolvi - a great place for inspiration. The couple have three children and three grandchildren.

Meet Faye and gain insights into her writing at the launch of Beyond the Ashes, at Gympie Library on Thursday, June 12 at 5pm.

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free but bookings are essential on 5481 0859 or library@gympie.qld.gov.au

Gympie Times


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