The Hatch… science fiction. Just out.

POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS: Book Launch

The Hatch will be launched once the virus has waned. The event will feature an art show, live music and author-signed copies of The Hatch. All welcome to attend. Stay tuned for new date.

Copies of The Hatch now available at Little Bird Bookshop, Paddington, Brisbane, or oder online through Amazon Books or Book Depository.

About The Hatch:  Britta Tate is searching for her brother who has gone missing in space. As she picks up his trail on another planet, she will be compelled to travel there and continue his failed mission.

Like her brother, she has been trained at EASA, and has advanced senses that provide her with unique skills and insights. She will push herself to her limit to find out what happened to him, connect with useful allies and help save her home planet of Earth.

For Britta, she will have to embrace change in all its forms and turn her back on the doubters to keep believing in the one constant, her own sense of what’s coming.

Two published novels… a series inspired by a true story

Over two spellbinding novels, follow the saga of the Soforo family as they flee their Italian city, Fiume, at the end of World War II and struggle to put their lives back together.

Published by Odyssey Books

In Port of No Return, the family loses everything when their house is bombed by the Allies and their city is taken by neighbouring Yugoslavia. They are left with no choice but to leave their home town. To get out safely, Ettore and Contessa must separate

In Wanderers No More,  follow Martino, the youngest of the sons, who must overcome a devastating setback, if he is to realise an almost impossible dream. A war-time debt is owing, love is lost and re-found and the past comes back to haunt them all.

Don’t miss this series that explores post-war struggles and 1950s’ Australian migrant history in a way that is warm and uplifting – and at times, tragic.

 

 

The writing journey

I’ve been writing stories ever since I could put a sentence to paper. I was only six years old when I knew writing books was what I wanted to do.

My first published novel, Port of No Return, was inspired by my father’s family when they were forced to flee Fiume, Italy, at the end of World War II.

It was a fascinating, little-known part of history, and I wanted to capture it, to record it for all those Italians who also experienced this mass exodus from Italy’s north-east after their region was taken by the Yugoslav Army, under Tito.

The publishing offer from Odyssey Books, fittingly came on my father’s birthday.

About 70 people attended the official launch of Port of No Return, held on 10 February, 2016, at the Museo Italiano in Melbourne, Australia.

The sequel, Wanderers No More, continues to follow the family’s journey, beginning with their arrival in Australia in 1950. While there’s some fiction between the lines, it closely aligns with my father’s and his family’s experiences of Australian life in the 1950s through to the 1970s. Sadly, it ends with a true family tragedy, which also needed to be told and remembered.

My father and I have spoken on Italian radio about the novels, I’ve been a guest of QUT’s Author Showcase and both works have found their way into libraries across Australia and overseas.

The historical fiction novels aim to shed a light on the difficulties associated with migration brought on by wars that destroy homes. But mostly they’re about hope and inspiration, showing that with resettlement, dreams can still come true.

These same themes inspired my next work, The Hatch, a science fiction novel that includes paranormal activities such as astral travel, psychic abilities and telepathy; not to mention alien beings of higher intelligence. In such a futuristic setting, the migrant experience is even more dire, as people look to other planets to survive.

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