Bedford author releases Stories from Another Place

Author June Kingston Smith of Bedford with her new book called Stories from Another Place. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492533
Author June Kingston Smith of Bedford with her new book called Stories from Another Place. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492533

BEDFORD author June Kingston Smith has documented her dreams in her first book, Stories from Another Place.

The 71-year-old’s book is filled with 16 short stories with a supernatural theme.

Her son Damon designed the cover from a photo she took at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Smith, a Society of Women Writers WA member, had her book published by society chairwoman Helen Iles’ company, Linellen Press WA.

The book is now available at Planet Books in Mt Lawley.

Smith, who previously wrote travel articles, said publishing a book had always been something at the back of her mind.

“Usually, when I write short stories they have a mind of their own and then they turn into something supernatural,” she said.

“When I was looking through all the short stories that I’ve got in my collection, I thought maybe I should do a book.

“It all just seemed like a bit of a dream.”

June Kingston Smith. Picture: David Baylis.

She said she had been writing short stories since she was 11 years old.

“When I was a little kid, I used to go to the shop in Yarloop for mum and I’d talk out loud,” she said.

“People must have thought ‘that kid is mad’.

“I had stories in my head that I had to get out, so I talked them as I walked.”

She also gained inspiration when she travelled to southern WA.

“When I’m down there, ideas start for some reason,” she said.

“I just like sitting down and letting the ideas flow.”

She hoped to have the book available as an eBook on Amazon.