Promo tour brings writer home

Former Tantanoola resident Maya Linnell is heading briefly home next month to promote her new book with her multi-state book promotion tour commencing at the Millicent Public Library on June 3.

Such face-to-face promotional events have not been possible in the past two years on account of COVID.

The Millicent High School graduate and rural fiction author gathers inspiration from her rural upbringing at Tantanoola and the small communities she has always lived in and loved.

A former journalist in the Limestone Coast and Western Victoria, Ms Linnell enjoys writing, cooking, gardening and raising three little “bookworms” on a farmlet near Portland.

Paperbark Hill is her fourth novel, following Bottlebrush Creek, Magpies’ Bend and Wildflower Ridge.

They have all have received best-selling status and achieved critical acclaim.

The plot for Paperbark Hill has been described as a pitch-perfect rural romance.

Set in country Victoria, Diana McIntyre and her four boys have had a tough 18 months but with the love and support of her family, she believes their lives are finally back on track.

Diana’s dream of starting a flower farm has been the perfect diversion, with an elderly dahlia expert showing her the ropes.

She will not have to do this alone.

Locum pharmacist and single dad Ned Gardiner has not called Victoria home for years.

However, his father’s death forces Ned to return to the family farm.

Dealing with his estranged mother and sorting his father’s affairs, he plans on leaving as soon as possible, but what will it take for Ned to put down roots?

With six children between them, can this pair juggle families, farms and an unlooked-for romance?

The compere at the Paperbark Hill evening function at the Millicent Public Library will be her long-time friend Rebekah Lowe from their days long ago as volunteers with Millicent community radio.

Ms Lowe is now a presenter with ABC Radio at Horsham.

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