New book offers bite-sized reads

THINKING CAP ON: Nancye Turner has found a creative outlet in the publication of ‘As it happened…revealed’, a tome of bite-sized short stories and verse.
Nanjing Night Net

Give Wallangarra woman Nancye Turner a challenge and stand back. This woman has multiple marathons under her belt and loves nothing more than sinking her teeth into a new project.

She can now add published author to her resume with the release of the bookAs it happened…revealed.Her daughter Marnie offered to have her body of writing work bound as a gift, but this instead motivated Nancye to take matters into her own hands. The result of those efforts is now on sale at outlets around Tenterfield, Wallangarra and Stanthorpe.

When they were 10, Nancye’s twin brother David entered a poem she had writteninto a competition and won, perhaps first planting the idea of being an author. Turn the clock forward to around a year ago and Nancye said she couldn’t sleep at night for all the story ideas swimming around in her head.

Murder, suicide, humour…the ideas didn’t fit neatly into any particular genre, but after putting pen to paper (or, at least, fingertips to computer keyboard), Nancye has produced a tome of bite-sized short stories and verse perfect for when a reader has a few minutes to pick up a book.

Twins –perhaps not so surprisingly –tend to feature a lot, and there are references to Grafton where Nancye lived for a time.Local readers may also find some of the characters familiar, and the book has a dedication to Dr Amitosh Mondal. Nancye claims the honour of being his very first Tenterfield patient, back on March 3, 2003.

The publication is very much a local effort with production being handled by Ruth Offer at Tentergrafix, Therese Lynch from the Wallangarra Post Office proofing the manuscript, Sahara Bulich supplying cover artwork and her mumBelindacontributing pieces, along with several more from Grafton authors.

The 90-page first edition is likely to be followed by further volumes, with volume 2 available by Christmas and includingmore pieces aimed at tweens. Nancye said the ideas come from her life experiences (“except the murder ones”), and it’s a good, clean read with no profanity.

She said she recognises that she’ll never get rich off her writing, but she’s very proud of this local product.

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