Annie Seaton talks about her inspiration for her book, Diamond Sky.
1. Can you tell us more about your latest book, Diamond Sky?
Diamond Sky is the third book in the Porter Sisters series. It is the story of Dru Porter, a civil engineer working in a diamond mine in the east Kimberley. Dru carries some scars from some traumatic events, and the book explores her healing in the context of being suspected in a diamond theft at the mine. Connor Kirk, a special investigator sent to the mine carries his own demons, and the last thing that each expects is a new relationship.
2. How did you come up with the idea for this novel?
In 2016 we visited the grand landscape of the East Kimberley and visited the Argyle diamond mine. As I listened to the tour guide outlining the security procedures in place, the idea for the story was born. Dru’s angst had been with me since Kakadu Sunset and this was the perfect place to set her story.
3. Was there a particular part of the novel that was really difficult to write for you?
Dru carries a lot of anxiety but puts on a tough exterior for the world. The scene where she finally breaks down was a very emotional scene to write.
4. What does your average writing day look like?
I am a very structured worker. I sit at my desk from 7.30 in the morning till four in the afternoon, four days a week. I set myself a goal for new words each day end then edit after dinner for about two hours each night.
5. If you have to pick one favourite character from any of your books, who would it be and why?
Old George in Daintree is a crusty old character with a heart of gold. I loved creating him, and I missed him when I finished writing the story. Creating interesting secondary characters is one of the joys of writing. I like to preserve the larrikinish of our bushies from the outback
6. What is your favourite women’s fiction book of all time?
I love all of Liane Moriarty’s stories however I think The Husband’s Secret would be my favourite pick.
7. If you were forced to write a different genre, what would it be?
I’ve already written in many genres: historical, steampunk, paranormal and contemporary romance. I would love to write an historical saga set in England.
8. What’s one of the most exciting things that has happened to you since you became a writer?
The Australian Women’s Weekly described me as raising the bar in rural fiction, and that was huge for me. Also receiving a Twitter message from Kathy Lette was awesome. Being asked to speak at libraries, and writers’ festivals is also wonderful.
9. Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the future?
I currently have two books under way: an historical book set in the Whitsundays in World War 2, and a women’s fiction book set in North Queensland.
The isolated beauty of the Kimberley can be deadly if you’re not paying attention…
The remote Matsu diamond mine in the Kimberley is the perfect place for engineer Dru Porter to hide. The vast and rugged landscape helps her feel invisible. And safe. Surely the terror she left behind in Dubai will never find her here?
Security specialist Connor Kirk knows from experience that beautiful women are capable of treachery. Arriving at Matsu to investigate a diamond theft, he immediately suspects the reclusive but obviously capable Dru Porter. He knows she’s hiding something. As Connor’s investigation deepens and Dru’s past catches up with her, their instant, mutual dislike threatens to blind them to the true danger lurking in the mine, one which could leave them both at the mercy of the desert…
Annie Seaton lives near the beach on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Her career and studies have spanned the education sector for most of her working life, with the completion of a Masters Degree in Education, and working as an academic research librarian, a high school principal and a university tutor until she took up a full-time writing career. Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research.