The Hatch

With technology becoming so complex and overriding ethical boundaries and our ever-expanding push into space, we have to develop our senses to their fullest potential. We have to evolve faster.

The Hatch is scheduled for release on 5 December 2019.

Follow Britta Tate on her journey which begins with a search for her missing brother. As she picks up his trail beyond Earth on another planet, she will be compelled to continue his failed mission and make it her own.

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.

Previously, my books have been historically-based.

Yet even though I’ve shifted my setting into the future, where a Hatch can allow for deep space travel, many things remain the same. The new migrant is still vulnerable and at risk of exploitation and environmental change still calls for people to change and adapt.

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 possible.

To Pre-Order, visit publisher, Odyssey Books.

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 of 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 feel 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 being forced to flee Fiume, Italy, at the end of World War II, for the neighbouring portside city, Trieste, where they became displaced people for years.

It was a fascinating part of history that not many people seemed to know about, and I wanted to capture it, to record it for all those Italians who also experienced this mass exodus from Italy’s north-east, as well as the horrors that preceded it, as 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 launch attracted many people who could relate to the novel, having either lived through the historic events featured in it, or having parents or grandparents who did. I am grateful to the Museo Italiano for allowing these Italians to come together to share their stories of that time.

The sequel, Wanderers No More, continues to follow the family’s journey, beginning with their arrival in Australia. This work was heartfelt and 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 terrible wars that destroy homes. But mostly they’re about hope and inspiration, showing that with resettlement, dreams can still come true.

These same themes are still inspiring my writings, with my next work, The Hatch, a science fiction novel, in the pipeline to be published.

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