THERE is more to a love story than meets the eye, according to Sasha Wasley.
Wasley will talk about her latest novel True Blue with Monique Mulligan at Koorliny Arts Centre’s Stories on Stage program on July 25.
While True Blue is about love and relationships at its essence, it doesn’t shy away from tackling other issues close to the author’s heart.
“I’m proud that True Blue tackles some big issues – integrity, workplace politics, and the need to make your own way in the world,” Wasley said.
True Blue is the second in a three-part series set in the Kimberley region and featuring the Paterson sisters.
The first book in the series Dear Banjo had the issue of sustainability as its backdrop.
“I like the thought that sustainable farming methods will become a topic for wider discussion, because the issue of food production and how we feed our population is becoming more critical every day,” Wasley said.
“Without making it the central theme or plot, I wanted the sustainability question as a backdrop to the love story, just as it hovers as the backdrop of real life – and is coming more and more quickly to the fore.”
Wasley said she was still in her author babyhood but looked forward to sharing what she has learnt about the publishing process through varied publishing experiences.
“It’s wildly different being published by small digital publishers, self-publishing, and then getting a book deal with one of the big five,” she said.
“The one key thing I have learnt is that to be a successful author you also (generally) need to be an energetic marketer.
“It’s tough because authors are commonly introverts, but it becomes easier as time goes on.
“Books come and go so quickly that it takes a huge amount of buzz for one book to stay on shelves and in readers’ minds for more than a few weeks.”
WHAT: Stories on Stage with Sasha Wasley
WHEN: July 25 at 7pm
PRICE: $15 which includes supper, and book sales and signings
BOOKINGS: 9467 7118