The fourth rural romance novel by ex-local author Maya Linnell hits the bookstands today with the national launch of Paperbark Hill taking place at the Millicent Public Library on Friday night.
“Having the strong support of my hometown of Millicent has really helped; there’s a lot to be said about an enthusiastic country community who are proud to see someone from the district following their dreams,” Ms Linnell told The SE Voice.
“After two years of barely being able to cross the border to see my family and friends, it feels fitting to be launching Paperbark Hill in Millicent on Friday.
“My family, the Millicent librarians, my teachers from Millicent High School and Tantanoola Primary School and friends made during my years as a journalist and radio host have been among my biggest advocates, something I’m extremely grateful for!
“I’m very excited to be launching this novel with ABC Radio’s Rebekah Lowe, a friendship that was formed through the Millicent Library almost 20 years ago.”
The book promotion tour will take in the Mount Gambier Library in late June.
Paperbark Hill, is set in Victoria’s Western Districts, but there’s already talk that her new series will be set a little closer to home in the South East.
Running to almost 400 pages, it is dedicated to Ms Linnell’s brothers Harley and Tom and sister Zoe.
Photos from the author’s garden near Portland are featured on the front cover of Paperbark Hill.
The plot evolved from the author’s personal passion for dahlias and her daydreams about one day starting her own flower farm.
As well as romance, Paperbark Hill tackles grief, family dynamics, addiction and the burgeoning ‘grown not flown’ movement within the Australian flower industry
The book is being released in paperback, ebook and audiobook by Allen & Unwin.