Because I dallied by researching which of my books are read the most. My biggest selling title far and away is Outback Hero, and the only conclusion I can draw is the title itself which of course hints at the unique setting. My ebook downloads of it have skyrocketed this year and while the other romances sell steadily, Hero is a standout success. It is also the first book I had published so it will always have a special place in my writer's heart.
But it became the cause of my uncertainty because my research changed my thoughts on what I planned to write next. If outback stories are popular, shouldn't I write another one of those instead of a small town or rural/country romance? I love my sunburnt country myself and have never had the slightest urge to live in the city. I'm a country girl, so I can fully understand anyone's fascination with the wide open spaces of my native land.
Then what should drop into my letterbox about that time? My latest issue of the fabulous Australian "Outback" magazine to which I subscribe and receive bi monthly. If you want to know more about it, click here. And what special article should appear in said magazine? One entitled "Desert Kingdom" about Anna Creek cattle station in outback South Australia. And what should my proposed outback series be about? One set on an outback sheep property, one set on a broadacre wheat farm and, yep, you guessed it, one set on a cattle station.
Decision made I think. Meant to be. Problem solved.
If you want to dip into a bit more authentic Australiana until my next outback book comes out, try the R.M. Williams website. R.M. Williams was a bush swagman who became a millionaire.
There's a wonderful Australian poem called "A Sunburnt Country" by Dorothea McKellar that all Australian children grow up with and you will find it here. Trust me, it's a beautiful piece and well worth a read.
Good luck to all Pocketeers whatever they decide to write next and to our readers who enjoy our heartwarming stories so much.
Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory of central Australia