Novel highlights region's aspects
MACKAY'S pristine beaches, the spectacular views of the Whitsunday islands and the north Queensland lifestyle were what inspired Eimeo author Rose Dee to write her first book.
Back to Resolution is the first in a three-part series which tells the tale of a fictional island set off the north Queensland coast between Mackay and Airlie Beach.
The published novel is to be placed on shelves after it's launched next week.
Mrs Dee, who has lived in Eimeo for 12 years and grew up in north Queensland, said her desire to write was inspired by the things she loved.
"I think I've always been led to write.
"I have an interactive imagination and about two years ago I thought I'd love to see if the stories I had in my head could be translated onto paper," Mrs Dee said.
"I thought I'd have a go and my first novel was the result of that attempt," she said.
"I grew up at Forrest Beach outside Ingham. The only advice that I'd really pass on is to write about what you know and what you love, and that's exactly what I did," she said.
As well as learning the art of writing and the technicalities of producing a novel, she said it would allow readers from every where to learn about our region.
"I really wanted for anyone to be able to pick it (the book) up and it would put a picture in their head, and maybe carry over to them visiting one day," she said.
"It's got really good themes, with a bit of mystery, drama and a healthy dose of romance.
"It will appeal to any girl who loves a bit of romance.
"It's a good story that's easy to read, it's fast paced and it leaves you feeling uplifted," she said.
Back to Resolution will be launched at Collins Booksellers at Sydney Street Markets on Saturday, December 10 from 11am-1pm.
One dollar from every book sold will be donated to the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter service.
Purchasers will also go into the draw of winning a two-night stay at Daydream Island Resort and Spa.