In a bookshop somewhere, they are turning up in boxes. Boxes full of ‘Liar Bird.’ Supposedly not to be opened until January 1st (although sightings have been confirmed in bookshops in Sydney, Lismore, Alstonville and Byron Bay). It’s a strange feeling to know that words that I first started to put on paper way back in 2006 will soon be read by hundreds or – hopefully – thousands of people. Or, hundreds of thousands, even. Why not think big?
I just had a look at my old computer file from August 2006 when I first jotted down a few thoughts about this book. It contains important questions to myself such as:
- City PR girl reinvents herself?
- ‘Sea Change’ meets James Herriott? (does anyone remember all creatures Great and Small?)
And there were also a few immortal lines such as: ‘If it wasn’t for the long-footed potoroo, I might never have heard of Beechville.’ That line is now the first sentence in ‘Liar Bird’.
It is said that you should write what you know. Unfortunately, I’m sometimes not too good at taking advice. I’ve been working for national parks for a long time but it had never occurred to me that I was sitting on a mine of inspiration. It didn’t hit me until one day a friend saw a news release I’d written and started cackling with laughter. The title of the news release was ‘Feral Pig Awareness Day.’ When I stopped to think about it, it was very, very funny.
And it didn’t stop at pigs. Foxes were funny too, and chickens and cane toads. In fact, the original title of this book was ‘Toading – a story of love, lust and feral pests’. I don’t think it would have gone too far with that title.
So, this year, for me is not really about Christmas, I’m hanging on for January 1st – Happy Feral Pig Awareness Day!
Come January, I will be doing a few events around the Northern Rivers. If you are in the area, please drop in and say hi at:
Lennox Bookmark, Lennox Head – 7th January 10am – 12.00 (reading at 11.00)
Collins Bookshop, Byron Bay – 7th January 1.30pm – 3.00
Mary Ryans Bookshop Byron Bay – 8th January 10.30 – 12.00