Local Debbie Brosnan is proud to have just had her first book published. Congratulations!
DA Brosnan, or Debbie, is the creator of the iconic Indian Fairy and has been telling stories and engaging children since 1996 at the markets of Eumundi. Now she is a published author of Fairyland, and will be launching the book to the public in late November at the Eumundi Markets.
Debbie said: “Over the years I would often put pen to paper whilst holidaying in my tent at Inskip Point. It is a very spiritual place dear to my heart. What an inspiration it has been!
“Every author knows, a tranquil place amongst nature is the chief ingredient to successful creative writing and what better place is there to do this than Rainbow Beach.”
The novel is fact mixed with fiction, primarily written for middle grade, and the story can be enjoyed by all who delight in fairies, pirates, magic, mystery, adventure and the world of fantasy and make-believe. Debbie said she started writing the book almost 20 years ago when one of her customers asked her to produce a five-minute fairy tale DVD so that she could buy it for her daughter.
“I thought, why not? And so, off I went looking for advice from a local film producer. To my dismay, he said I had to write a book first.”
Debbie took the director’s advice seriously. In the year 2000, she started writing, but found she could not stop. Debbie said she decided to do a novel-writing course by correspondence with a Sydney writing school, and completed her certificate in 2005.
The small picture book turned into a 70,000-word manuscript. Way too big for a five-minute DVD!
Then, in 2018 Debbie worked tirelessly with a professional editor in the UK, polishing the manuscript for publishing. Almost 20 years in the making, and many drafts later, Debbie proudly says she’s finished the manuscript, and it’s down to 60,000 words.
Grab a copy of Debbie’s new book for Christmas gifts from Amazon.com (not Aus)
“Writing a book and having it edited is one thing, however the publishing world is a major project within itself and can be extremely stressful as times,” she said.
Asked if she has any advice for budding authors she said: “The research is ongoing, especially with the industry changing as quickly as it is. There are a few ways to have a book published; it’s all a matter of preference according to your own personal research which can take many months to a year, if not years.
“Remember, a traditional publisher has many people working for them to bring a manuscript to life, and this process takes two years. So, don’t rush. Get it right and do your research. Research, research … research … research…”
One review of Fairyland: ‘It is a lovely and cleverly woven tale, very inventive and full of exciting action and surprises.’ – Tony Berry /Australian UK Journalist, Author