TWO years after releasing the opening chapter in her Travellers Trilogy, Rockingham Writers Group member M.A Hill says she is excited to have part two available to order.
Windforce: A Voyage Into the Blue picks up after the events of Trackless: A Journey That Follows No Trails, thrusting Gretta Finneson – a minor character previously – into the spotlight.
The sailor becomes engaged in a battle to save her marine eco-charter business in Shark Bay from destruction by developers.
When her father and partner are injured she takes on a solo yacht delivery of a vintage racing boat from Carnarvon to Albany through winter storms.
“It’s a complex story that involves many characters and twists and turns,” Hill said.
“There’s a lot of action – sailing in calm and storm with all the amazing ocean wildlife – whales, and orca.
“The outback adventures also involve a bushman who is an artist.
“There’s also the story of the musician with mental illness and her life in the forest.
“There are battles against the elements, bushfires on land, and gales at sea.
“And the conspiracy that my heroine must unravel to save the Shark Bay wildlife from ruthless and powerful corporations, personified by the bad guys Derek Blair, Tobias Bellamo and Joe Kernan.
“There are billionaire magnates, hippy fortune tellers, sailors, a mystic fortune teller – a host of characters all drawn from life.”
Hill said the book was conceived more than 10 years ago but brushed aside.
A second consideration five years ago convinced her she “needed to tell this story”.
One of the major factors in her decision was an interest in sharing her experiences of adventure and the difficulties she has overcome, including mental illness and the struggle to re-build her life after a series of traumatic events.
“Initially there was just one book, but as the tale unfolded I realised there were two intertwined stories about amazing characters that took on their own lives and destiny,” she said.
“I have written three novels to resolve the conflict and complete the journey.
“I’m a blue-water sailor, artist and traveller, so the settings and events are authentic.
“The sea voyages are based on my experiences sailing up and down the West Coast and the land travels are based on my own outback adventures.
“I’ve drawn upon my experiences of mental illness and my life as an artist…”
A launch party will be held at Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse from 4pm on August 14.
The third chapter, Sweptback, a passage through the deep, should be released by early 2017.
For information visit www.ma-hill.com.
M.A. Hill launches her latest book.