By Rose Dee
My beach was wild today. A powerful wind showered salt spray that stuck to my skin, making me sticky in seconds. Every now and then, a gust would blow dry sand off the top of the beach, stinging my legs and sending me swaying.
Where was my sun, my blue water, my usual tropical splendour? I smiled. Even the sea birds were taking a day off from diving for their daily crab meal.
I drove on with purpose. The great black rain mass out to sea was not going to stop us from enjoying our morning walk. Beside me, my little dog Noodle was happily sniffing around the rocks, oblivious to the approaching storm. I trusted in the grey, but fluffy clouds above me, and trudged on against the wind hoping to be back before they melted into the black horizon.
I reached my turning point with satisfaction, just as the sky opened up, not to pelt me with rain, but to shower me with sun. It was an amazing feeling to stand squinting through the sunshine while looking directly at a great storm bearing down. The following extract from Dorothea MacKeller’s poem My Country popped into my head:
I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror-
The wide brown land for me.
She was talking about Australia, a land of many contrasts. I thought of the previous night’s news reports concerning the inland drought. These battlers prayed for black clouds, yet here I was hoping to avoid them. As I turned and felt a shock of cold air coming through the rain, as if straight out of an air-conditioner, I thought about the heat waves the southern states recently faced. How they would have revelled in my moment of relief. And I thought about the cyclone sitting just off the coast of where I stood, in great contrast with the bushfires of the south.
Australia is a baffling country. It holds a wonder of contrasts. It seems to have a spirit of its’ own. It loves us, it challenges us, and it punishes us too. But those who know it love it. Those who have lived before us have fought and died for it. Many who have come here from far away find peace in its borders. Expats will forever call it home, and the world will always wonder at the astounding people it produces.
I write about my country because it has a vibrant and amazing spirit. I write about characters who discover this spirit and love it. I write about my backyard of sand, sea and islands, of small towns and big personalities. I write with the sole purpose to bring you, the reader, into my world, just like I hope I have brought you into this day with me. My hope is that you see and experience my country through the eyes of my characters, to taste the spirit that is Australia.
Bay, the main character in my first novel, Back to Resolution, found that spirit. It is called:
L’Australie del Espiritu Santo: The Southern Land of the Holy Spirit.
Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, was born in North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel, Back to Resolution.
Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women.
Beyond Resolution, and A New Resolution are the second and third books in the ‘Resolution’ series.
Rose’s debut novel Back to Resolution won Bookseller’s Choice at the CALEB Awards 2012. A New Resolution won the Fiction price, CALEB 2013.
She has also released The Greenfield Legacy, a collaborative novel, written in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian authors.
Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.
Narelle here. I’m delighted to welcome my friend Rose Dee to our blog today. Rose is giving away two print copies of Back to Resolution to two lucky readers. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post and complete the Rafflecopter form below. Carol will announce the winners in our post on Sunday. Please note this book is rated PG. It contains mild language and situations that may offend some readers.
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