Award-winning writer gives first-hand account of writing and publishing a novel

May 9, 2018 by  

This weekend at the Plaza Library in Werribee, writer Kathryn Gauci will speak about her experience of writing and self-publishing her novel ‘Seraphina’s Song’.

Gauci’s background is in textile design and for more than 15 years she ran her own textile design studio in Melbourne, but she now works full-time as a writer. Her second novel ‘Conspiracy of Lies’ received a ‘Chill with a book’ Book of the Year Award in 2017.

‘Seraphina’s Song’ is Gauci’s third novel and, like her first novel, ‘The Embroiderer’, is set in Greece. Although English by birth and education, Gauci’s love of Greece was formed when she worked as a carpet designer in Athens for six years. As she was the only English person working in the factory, Gauci soon became immersed in the local culture and the lives and histories of the many migrant workers who had fled Turkey in the early 1920s. These stories gave her the inspiration for ‘The Embroiderer’, which is also published in Greece as ‘The Embroiderer of Smyrna’.

Gauci believes in thorough research of the setting of her books so that readers feel they are experiencing the story first hand.

Along with Gauci will be Emma Hall from Ingram Spark, who will explain how a writer’s manuscript becomes a published book and the range of printing services, book distribution and marketing involved.

The presentation begins at 11:00 am this Saturday, May 12, and there is no charge for entry.