Working ‘Beyond Resolution’.

A few days ago, my son told me to keep all his drawings and; ‘Don’t throw them away. Because I have no doubt that when I am an adult, people will pay big money for them.’

Trying to conceal my humour, I told him that under no circumstances would any of them be put in the bin. Having overcome my amusement something very powerful struck me about this exchange. That is: My son’s overwhelming confidence in his abilities.

I started to think about the confidence he had in his future success. I loved that he didn’t just sit back and say ‘maybe one day’ but said ‘absolutely one day’.  And since then he has worked hard and produced many, many more drawings. I may even have to buy a new shed to house them all. He is willing to work hard towards his goal, believing and knowing his success will come.

Now, I know that my son may not become a great artist. At six years of age he does have a lot of growing up to do. But his attitude will get him far. I have decided to harness this and be an example to him.

My son’s attitude has given me a renewed strength as I press on towards the launch of my second book ‘Beyond Resolution’ on the 23rd of April. It will be a week-long event consisting of a very special online launch, a photo trailer presentation of my new release ‘Beyond Resolution’, and a video trailer presentation of the ‘Resolution Series’, AND a local Mackay bookstore launch. It’s a lot of hard work, but I KNOW it WILL be worth it. 

 

In ‘Back to Resolution’ Bay resolved to find her father. Keep and eye on this website to find out what Samara is searching for. ‘Beyond Resolution’ – the second book in the ‘Resolution Series’. 

Meet Australian Author; Amanda Deed.

Amanda Deed’s latest release ‘Ellenvale Gold’ was a prime read for me these last few months. I loved her strong characters, and the way Amanda weaves history and lives together into a wonderfully colourful storyline.  Amanda was good enough to answer some questions about her latest story; her writing; and her life. Both Amanda and I would love for you to leave a comment. And please seek out a copy of ‘Ellenvale Gold’ when next you are looking for a captivating story that is well worth the purchase. 

It is the time of Australia’s harsh rogue-filled goldrush of the 1850’s when Miss Penelope Worthington suddenly finds herself orphaned, isolated and alone. With a large sheep station to run single-handedly, she has little option but to enlist the aid of a mysterious, but sinister stranger.

But who is the more treacherous? Gus—the scruffy, trespassing, ex-convict who co-incidentally shows up looking for work just when she desperately needs a farmhand or Rupert—the handsome, wealthy neighbour who would willingly marry her at the drop of a hat and solve her apparent dilemma?

Repeatedly, her faith is tested as she faces the unforgiving elements, deceit, lies and uncertainty. But where and how will it all end? But…is it the end? Will vengeance return or

will Penny’s faith prevail?

The main female character in ‘Ellenvale Gold’ is a very strong willed woman. How hard is it to portray strength and independence in female characters of period storylines, and still appeal to today’s modern woman? 

It can be a challenging one, because there weren’t many females in the workforce back then. It was very much wife and mother lifestyle. That is why I chose a pioneering kind of situation – it forges the character to independence and strength. I have read about several women pioneers and man did they work hard. I think those kind of characters appeal to the modern woman who desires to be recognised as more than a baby-making, house-cleaning machine. 🙂

A lot of us look back on the gold rush era of Australian history and think of it as a romantic time, when in fact, it was very hard. What was one aspect of this era that struck you when researching for ‘Ellenvale Gold’.

Reading about Ballarat was amazing. Many women went there with the expectation of finding domestic service work, only to discover there were mostly men there and living in tents to make it worse. Sadly, many of those women resorted to prostitution to survive. They were nick-named the fallen angels.

Other challenges the miners faced were harsh treatment from the Police in regards to the licences, bad water, expensive food, and the elusive chase after gold.

What was one of the main themes you wanted to clearly portray in ‘Ellenvale Gold’?

That we should walk in humility rather than pride. As it says in Philippians 2:5-8, we should have the mindset of Christ who, in spite of being equal with God, made himself nothing, even a servant, and then submitted himself to death on the cross. We need to learn to not look down on others, no matter what their past or current circumstance makes them appear to be.

There seems to be the opening for a sequel to the novel – it that something we can look forward to?

Yes. The sequel is tentatively called “Black Forest Gold” and is all about Penny’s brother, Tony Worthington, and his encounter with kidnappers, bushrangers, Indigenous Australians and a fiery, Spanish girl called Estella. All going well, it should be available later this year.

Where can we find a copy of ‘Ellenvale Gold’?

“Ellenvale Gold” is available through all Christian bookstores and also on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. For more information, go to www.amandadeed.com.au or see my blog at http://amanderings.wordpress.com.

Thank you, Amanda. 

Beyond Resolution

Did you wonder about Samara in ‘Back to Resolution’? To refresh your memory – she was one of the causes of Flynn’s past trouble. The daughter of local cop, Bob, Samara is only every spoken about in ‘Back to Resolution’. She fled Kiisay Point suddenly, leaving a myriad of trouble in her wake.

Samara intrigued me from the moment she popped into my head. I knew I had to put her story on paper.

If  you enjoyed ‘Back to Resolution’ I am confident that you will not be disappointed with ‘Beyond Resolution’ due for release in April 2012.

Does speaking out change the world?

I have been told on numerous occasions to ‘get off my soapbox.’ Stating your view was encouraged in my family, and my love of talking complemented this. But I recently had an instance where I seriously questioned my petulance to voice opinion. So I ask – when is it okay to speak up, and when is it better to shut the trap?

My first answer to this question was – when it doesn’t hurt anyone. Premeditated words aimed at hurt or destruction is as violent as physical attack. Let’s place these instances aside as something that should never happen.

So when to speak? I found this a really hard question to answer. There are so many sides to the argument.

I hate the thought that offence is taken at my opinion. But if we never speak for fear of offence, then there’s a good chance that we may never speak at all. There will always be someone who has a differing opinion (and this must also be respected).

I have also contemplated that if no one ever voiced opinion, what would become of our political system, social constraints or laws? It makes sense as humans to question things we don’t agree with. We have a natural predisposition to do so.

Then there is the argument against speaking out. We do live in a politically correct society. Our words could be interpreted as mentally unstable, or worse – discriminatory. What we say may could be misconstrued, or pegged as bigotry. Fear of this has to be an overwhelming deterrent. Not to mention, the foolishness of being drawn into a fruitless argument.

I think perhaps the answer lies in a relatively simple concept. You can respect something or someone, but not necessarily agree with what is represented or said.

I don’t think it’s completely unimaginable to love someone while disagreeing with their words or deeds. As parents we correct our children because we don’t agree with their behavior, but we still love them. We may not agree with a political party or organization, but we don’t set out to lynch their leaders. We don’t always agree with the way others live their lives, but we don’t hate them for it, and respect their right to live in peace and happiness.

So – when to speak? I’m thinking perhaps when we can extend both grace and opinion. What do you think?

See you at the Shack

A few weeks ago I told my husband that I would be very happy to sell everything and go to live in a shack on the beach. He promptly got on the internet and researched ‘beach shacks for sale’. After a few intense conversations regarding the drastic move, I realized that I was indeed, very seriously happy to make the change. Another extraordinary thing happened; the more people I shared my ‘dream’ with the more people wanted to come with us. The isolation we sought has turned into a community of shacks. What is it about a shack that attracts us? It cannot be the ramshackle existence – living in semi suitable housing on a spot open to the elements. Nor the work involved in simple living – vege garden to keep, place to keep clean, ect. And what if the shack completely lacked the modern conveniences, running water, electricity, no internet, mobile phone. It’s just plain crazy. I suspect the shack symbolises something greater than necessity. The desire to live simply, the drive to re-connect with each other and nature for that matter. It’s what makes you want to run away and join the circus as a child. Or buy a camper and take a trip around Austraila like the grey nomads. Maybe once a year we all need to take off to the shack, forget about our busy busy lifestyle and do nothing but enjoy being with each other. With this in mind, I am taking my own advice – I’m off to Sydney next week to see Mary Poppins with my son. Hope you also get to escape to your shack sometime soon.