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MidCoast Libraries' author talks to continue online

Author Karen Turner
Author Karen Turner

MidCoast Council Libraries' online author events continue with Karen Turner and Annie Seaton joining local audiences this month.

Both Karen and Annie are award winning authors, and these events are a great way for those joining in to learn about the writing process, what it takes to become a published author, inspiration for storylines and much more.

Karen's zoom talk will be on Wednesday, June 10 from 6pm and Annie's will be Wednesday, June 16, also from 6pm.

"Our author events have been so popular and audiences are loving being able to connect with these talented authors from the comfort of their own homes," Chris Jones, MidCoast Council Libraries manager said.

"June's lineup is really great. We had Tanya Heaslip on Wednesday, June 3, and over the next two weeks we're welcoming Karen Turner and Annie Seaton to join our audience online to discuss their new books."

Author Annie Seaton

Author Annie Seaton

Karen will talk about the inspiration behind her books, how her travels have influenced her writing, her journey from being a self-published author to securing a UK publisher and her tips for the aspiring writer.

Annie will chat about her travels in Australia and how this inspires her stories, including The Pentecost Series.

Annie is passionate about raising awareness of the need to preserve the pristine areas that surround us.

She will discuss how the series began, the 10 girls who feature as the heroines in each of the 10 books, how the series explores some topical social issues and reaffirms our belief in friendship.

"I love the way these zoom author talks have allowed a lot of people who may not have come along to an event in our libraries before be able to join in the fun too," Chris said.

It's a less formal setting for the authors so we're finding that they are really comfortable and able to engage in a totally different way

MidCoast Libraries' Chris Jones

"And it's a less formal setting for the authors so we're finding that they are really comfortable and able to engage in a totally different way."

Karen's novel 'Stormbird' is set in war-torn England in 1941 and tells the story of an unexpected relationship that builds between a British war widow and a German fighter pilot, shot down and in hiding, despite their countries' bitter differences. Stormbird was written as the final instalment in the Torn series but can also be read independently.

Her other works include 'Torn', 'Inviolate', and an eclectic book of short stories called 'All That and Everything'.

Annie wanted to be an author from the minute her mother took her into a library when Annie was four-years-old. She fell in love with books, and her first career choice was to be a librarian, of course.

As well as her well-loved library post positions, she's had a few different careers, before she started in the public education system as a teacher librarian, and worked her way up to principal and then retired (young!) to take up full time writing.

Anyone wanting to join in the online author talks will need a Zoom account to participate.

Bookings are essential, and a link and instructions will be sent prior to the event.

Both Karen and Annie's books are available for purchase or order from local bookshops the Sitting Wombat Bookshop Forster, phone 5543 7890 or from The Gloucester Bookshop, phone 6558 1208.

For further information head to www.midcoastlibraries.com.au/events