But what happens to the truth that has been distorted,
and the sisters who are reunited when secrets of the past are finally … unlocked?
Twin sisters Lauren and Trina are sent back to the place of their childhood vacations, on the Gippsland Lakes. With their mother’s dying wish being that they restore and sell a dilapidated houseboat, they are unwittingly brought together. Although the twins were almost inseparable growing up, all that changed in their teenage years. Now, ten years later, they are forced to face each other and themselves as they discover the role their mother played in their estrangement. As the houseboat is gradually stripped bare, so are the lives of the women as the truth slowly emerges.
A story of secrets and betrayal, Unloched takes the reader on a physical and emotional journey through the landscape of the family. Commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for an unpublished manuscript, this is author Candice Lemon-Scott’s debut novel.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My genre differs from other because it sits somewhere between contemporary fiction and literary fiction. In this way it doesn’t fit neatly within either category but makes an emotive, descriptive story more accessible.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Practice, perseverance and patience are three things I’ve learned are necessary in reaching publication. Learn all you can and develop your writing to your best ability, keep on trying and working on your craft and eventually success will follow.
Candice Lemon-Scott is an Australian author. Her debut novel Unloched is published with Odyssey Books and received a commendation in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for an unpublished manuscript.
Her latest book for children, Hubert and the Magic Glasses, is published in the Little Rockets series with New Frontier Publishing. Her first children’s book, Stinky Ferret & the JJs, is a title in the Aussie Chomps series with Puffin Books. Both titles have received much recognition. She has a third book titled Silver the Silly Sorcerer due for publication with New Frontier later this year.
When she’s not writing fiction, Candice writes non-fiction books and articles for adults and helps other writers edit and polish their manuscripts. She’s also a literacy champion for the Literacy Villages program.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The setting for the book is Australia’s Gippsland Lakes region where I spent many summers in my teenage and adult years holidaying with family. I was inspired by the location because it is a place surrounded by various forms of water – ocean, lakes and mangroves. As it’s an emotive story it was interesting to explore these concepts through the representation of water as emotion. The idea of setting it on a houseboat came because as the twins strip it back and restore it, they are faced with a metaphorical restoration of their own relationship as they are forced to revisit events of the past.