Kerry’s all write with new book

LEAVING school at 12 proved to be no barrier to Bundaberg author Kerry McGinnis’s literary ambitions.

Her fourth book and second novel, Wildhorse Creek, is to be launched on March 1.

Set in the late 1970s in Queensland’s Gulf Country, the book follows the adventures of young Billy Martin as he runs away from home and finds mateship, danger and romance.

Ms McGinnis has already had two volumes of memoirs, Pieces of Blue and Heart Country, and a novel, The Waddi Tree, published.

Born in Adelaide, she was taken out of school at 12 and went droving in the Gulf Country with her father and four siblings before the family settled on a station.

She has worked as a shepherd, droving hand, gardener, stock-camp and station cook, and ended up running a property near Mt Isa before moving to Bundaberg.

The voracious reader has also been writing her own stories all this time.

“When I was nine I used to write for the kids’ pages in the old Women’s Mirror,” Ms McGinnis said.

“I used to get published almost every week.”

At 11, she started her first novel with an exercise book and a pencil she bought at Coles.

“I was bursting to get started, so while I was waiting for my dad I was leaning on the car scribbling away,” she said.

“Unfortunately, I believed in getting straight into the action, so by chapter three all my main characters were dead or imprisoned by their enemies or out of action somehow.”

Ms McGinnis said her novels were not autobiographical, although she used the backgrounds and settings she knew.

Although she has no more novels planned at the moment, she is sure there will be more.

“When you’re a writer you write,” she said.

“At the moment I’m working on a kids’ book.

“I’ve never done that before, so I’ll see where it takes me.”

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