My latest novel, Anything For Love
Over the years I've been writing, and the most recent years since being published, I marvel at authors who come up with fictional towns set in our modern world in which to set their stories, or their series. I wondered if I could do that - create a space, make it 'live', give its inhabitants histories and families and so on.
So with a bit of handy word processing and LOTS of editing and checking and re-checking, I came up with a number of novels and novellas, which are all single titles, but set on Australis Island, a microcosm of my country, its psyche, its sense of fun and the ridiculous as well as its warmth and generosity. Not to mention the romance of the place, of course.
Way back in Australis Island's early history, five brothers from Europe settled there. And suddenly I had a base from which to launch. The families even have a family tree to which I often have to refer - and I get birthday reminders for characters which when they pop up on my email give me a start - jeepers, whose birthday have I forgotten??
Anything For Love's characters have a unique relationship with the Island in that they don't live on it, but holiday there - separately and unknown to each other until the start of the action. It was fun to write, and sometimes when I revisit the published version, I find it fun to read.
My two novellas are This Forever Game and Berry Flavours.
This Forever Game explores the what-if for the older woman-younger man scenario and I hope I've given their story credence.
Berry Flavours is set on a vineyard with a restaurant, and a chef and a cook get together after one of them has run to find a new life on Australis Island.
I also find that great food and wine feature in my stories... and as we speak I feel a snack coming on... anyone for a crisp Island Sauvignon blanc and a bite of marron (fresh water Aussie crayfish)?
Hope to hear from you - drop me a line either here or on my website www.darryfraser.com - where you can check out some short stories. Let me know what novel or novella of mine appeals to you and why - and best comment receives a free e-book of mine, your choice. (Don't forget our time differences - there could be 10 to 16 hours - I will get back to you, but perhaps not straight away). :)