BookCrossing, a real online bookclub, is in many ways a parallel universe. It is a place where someone in the US may buy a book for a BookCrosser in Australia, without the two of them ever meeting. It is about finding books on the end of a pier, at Paddington Station, at your favorite park and unless you are on the site you don’t know these books are there. People walk past them oblivious; some pick them up briefly but then leave them behind. BookCrossers know to catch these books to find out where they have been, read them and then release them. At BookCrossing, books are registered and released with an individual tracking number. A good many drop off the radar and then turn up years later at the strangest of places. In Crossing Paths, the main character Jane disappears – for the other characters who are worried about her the clues to where she might be are on her BookCrossing bookshelf. Russell Dark, a book store owner and Jonathan Fairlight, a new age writer, begin to track her through the books she leaves behind. Within these pages eight people who cross paths with Jane Townsend will have their lives changed forever.
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A different approach is required in different genres. Writing Crossing Paths was an interesting experience for me because my other novels are historical fiction.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Never give up and keep reading. Read a book a week if possible!
I live in Lake Macquarie, and work in Newcastle. I am also the author of Tomaree, a WWII love story set in Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia about an Australian GI war bride. You’ll find more about both books on my webpage. I am a booklover, bookcrosser and firm believer in synchronicity. There is no such thing as coincidence!
I will shortly begin submitting my manuscript The Grey Silk Purse set in Mayfield in 1920 and am also working on a screenplay set in a harbourside suburb in 1937. I blog about the writing life and have just begun a new manuscript set in Sydney in the 1920s. You can also find me Starving in a Garret, organizing a writers’ and historians’ co-operative based in Newcastle.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a writer I am fascinated by the first half of the last century and I always thought that I would never write about the present day unless I came across something magical. Well I did! Late in 2003 I discovered BookCrossing, the wonderful online book club. From that novel came Crossing Paths.
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