The only thing harder than letting go is moving on.

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Pamela Cook is a city girl with a country lifestyle and too many horses. Her rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Her second novel, Essie’s Way, was published in 2013. Close To Home, due for release on June 27 2015, is her third novel.

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Out November 29. Click here to pre-order a copy now. 

A story of deceit, betrayal and love that proves that in the end you can choose your family.

Rosie O’Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now the outback hotel she owns is falling down around her ears, her bank account is empty and family duty means she’s staying put.

Drought is impacting hard on Stephanie Bailey and her family. They’ve already been forced to sell off most of their cattle. The rains aren’t coming and Stephanie’s husband is becoming more and more distant.

City girl Faith Montgomery is left reeling after a shocking discovery. Determined to uncover the truth and make sense of her life, she arrives at The Crossroads Hotel but soon realises deception isn’t an easy game to play.

One family. Three women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache or will fate bring them together before its too late?


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The Crossroads – Inspirations

In last week’s blog post I talked about the way The Crossroads grew from the seed of an idea into a completed novel. One of the things I mentioned was waking up in the night with the three characters almost fully formed and a loose plot already outlined. Today I wanted to share more of that particular event and how it came about. I’m a great believer in serendipity – the stars aligning and people and events appearing in your life at just the right time, even when it might seem accidental. When my publisher had suggested I write a novel set in the outback, I baulked. While I know it’s possible to write about places you’ve never been I really need to experience a place before I can (hopefully) do it justice. So I put her request on the backburner. Not long after, a lovely librarian contacted me and invited me to do an author talk in Hughenden. After googling Hughenden and finding it was in the middle of Queensland I kindly suggested she had the wrong person. I lived in Sydney, why would she possibly want me all the way out there? Turns out she didn’t have the wrong person. She loved my books and the local Council had funds for drought relief so the library could host an author talk. Before too long a date was set for me to visit the town.     I googled Hughenden, a quaint little town surrounded by red dirt in the centre of the dinosaur trail. Then that outback novel idea came off the backburner. Research on the drought... read more

Going To Print – Growing The Seed Of An Idea Into A Novel

Last Friday my latest novel, The Crossroads went off to the printers ahead of its November 29 release date. As always (with me) it was a race to the finish line but (as always) I got there in the end with more than a little help from a few trusted readers who provided me with honest, constructive feedback on the drafts, my wonderful publisher who fielded all my ‘I can’t do this’ calls and kept up the encouragement, and my super-calm and perceptive editor who kept nudging me in the right direction. Now that I’m starting to think – very vaguely – about the next book, I’ve been pondering this whole process of how an idea germinates, grows into a plot and blooms into a completed novel. It’s something I thought readers might be interested in too so here’s an overview of how the process worked with The Crossroads. Sometime last September, inspired by my publisher’s request to write a novel set ‘somewhere in the outback with a windmill’ I began researching the drought in Queensland. I also began nutting out ideas for characters and checking out the town of Hughenden where I’d been invited to do an author talk. Unable to sleep one night I dozed into that twilight state between waking and dreaming and the story of three women in one family appeared in my consciousness, each character almost fully formed and the story itself roughly sketched. Not wanting to lose the idea I sat up, grabbed a pen and paper and wrote furiously for an hour or more. When I woke the next day and read... read more
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