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Rural Romance Author with Local Origins

Rural Romance Author with Local Origins
04 June

Author Maya Linnell will launch her debut novel at the Mount Gambier Library on 13 June.
Maya Linnell
Author Maya Linnell will launch her debut novel at the Mount Gambier Library on 13 June.

Rural romance author Maya Linnell will be at the Mount Gambier Library on Thursday 13 June at 7:00pm to launch her debut novel ‘Wildflower Ridge’, a heartfelt story of love and second chances.

Set in rural Victoria, ‘Wildflower Ridge’ centres around Penny McIntyre, an ambitious marketing professional whose fast paced city life is interrupted by the sudden onset of a mystery illness. Forced to abandon her much loved job, her boyfriend and her beloved city apartment, Penny returns to the family farm where she grew up for ten weeks of rest and recuperation. Here she must navigate delicate relationships with her dad and three sisters and with her ex-boyfriend who was the biggest reason she ran in the first place.

“Wildflower Ridge has been taken up as part of a two book deal by one of Australia’s leading publishers Allen & Unwin,” Team Leader Library Programs Kristi Leamey said.

“It’s an uplifting story about making those hard life decisions and having the courage to give up what you know and follow your dreams.”

Author Maya Linnell has evolved from a background in journalism, writing for a rural newspaper and blogging for Romance Writers Australia to write ‘Wildflower Ridge’.

Maya has gathered inspiration for her novel’s quiet, rural setting from the small communities she has always lived in and loved, including the local town of Millicent.
- Team Leader Library Programs Kristi Leamey

“Maya’s passion for rural life really comes through in her novel. Her descriptions of the charming country setting and family farm are both familiar and touching.”

Maya now lives in Narrawong, Victoria with her husband and three children in a house they built themselves.

“I grew up in a small country town, climbing towering gum trees and reading my way through my family’s bookshelves before discovering a never ending supply of novels at the local library,” Ms Linnell said.

This event is free to attend and bookings can be made through the Mount Gambier Library on (08) 8721 2540 or via the website www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au/library under ‘Programs and Events’.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson on (08) 8721 2577 or awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

Wildflower Ridge