AUSTRALIAN author Fiona McCallum spoke about her love of reading and its benefits during a visit to Leeton on Friday.
Ms McCallum was in town as part of the Get Reading initiative before taking part in the Griffith Readers’ Festival on the weekend.
Her first novel, Paycheque, was released in April last year before her second, Nowhere Else, which hit the shelves in December.
This year her third novel, Wattle Creek, was released in April and was chosen to be part of the Get Reading 50 Books You Can’t Put Down supplement.
“That was a great honour,” she said.
“I’ve always loved reading and writing, so to be named in something like that was amazing.”
Ms McCallum grew up on a cereal and wool farm outside a small town on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula and now lives in Adelaide.
She said her books focused on life in rural Australia and her own emotions could sometimes be seen reflected in her writing.
“This is my dream,” Ms McCallum said.
“It’s bringing my rural experiences and characters to life.
“Hopefully people can connect with the emotion behind the stories because I definitely love writing them.”
Ms McCallum said reading, in whatever medium, continued to be an important part of life.
“I love books,” she said.
“They can distract you and take you away from the world � even if it’s just for an hour.
“If you have a love for reading, you can never be lonely. It’s great thing being drawn into a book.”
AUSTRALIAN author Fiona McCallum spoke at the library last Friday as part of a literary lunch in conjunction with the Get Reading initiative.
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