Author Janette Paul visits Port Macquarie

Author to visit: Janette Paul will visit Port Macquarie on Saturday September 16. Photo: Penguin Books Australia

Author to visit: Janette Paul will visit Port Macquarie on Saturday September 16. Photo: Penguin Books Australia

A Newcastle-based author will visit the Port Macquarie Library on Saturday to talk about her latest book and her career as a writer and journalist.

Janette Paul, the pen name of bestselling suspense author Jaye Ford, will be at the library from 1pm.

“I write rom-com as Janette Paul and thrillers as Jaye Ford,” the author said.

“My latest novel is my second as Janette Paul, called Amber and Alice (released in June, Penguin Random House).

“As Jaye Ford, I’ve written five bestselling thrillers, the most recent released in 2016 called Darkest Place (Penguin Random House). My novels have been published in nine languages.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting readers in Port Macquarie.”

The author describes Amber and Alice is a Bridget Jones meets Thelma and Louise and is a fresh and very funny romantic comedy, as one woman finds the answers she needs on a trip into the stunning Australian desert.

Heartwarming, clever, and laugh-out-loud funny, Amber and Alice was inspired by a camping trip Janette took with her family some 15 years ago.

The original mansucript stayed buried for years but the desolate beauty of the outback was never far from Janette’s mind, and provoked a recent research trip to Alice Springs and Uluru to reignite the story.

Flying into Alice, Janette discovered the vivid colours of the desert and fell in love with the magnificent Australian Red Centre.

Amber and Alice is a rollicking tale of finding yourself, the importance of family connection, and facing your fears when all you want to do it play it safe.

When Amber Jones wakes up in her sister Sage’s speeding car, with no idea how she got there (though the hangover is a clue), all she wants to do is go home. But Sage is convinced a road trip to Alice Springs will finally answer the burning question: who is Amber’s father?

Because nine months before Amber’s birth, her late mother Goldie made the same trip.

Take a hilarious road trip into the Australian outback in this witty romantic comedy, with an enticing family mystery thrown in.

The author will visit Port Macquarie Library on Saturday September 16 at 1pm.