Martindale Hall at Mintaro, South Australia

Built in 1879, Martindale Hall is located near Mintaro in South Australia. It featured in the famous Australian movie Picnic at Hanging Rock, and is now open as a museum.

It’s the inspiration for a homestead in my current work in progress, ‘Strays’, a fantasy fiction in which a young matriarch buys herself a foreign husband in order to save her pastoral property.

Built in 1879, #martindalehall in #mintaro #southaustralia, which featured in #picnicathangingrock , is now open as a museum. It's the inspiration for a homestead my current WIP – a #fantasyfiction in which a young matriarch buys herself a foreign husband in order to save her pastoral property. . . #amwritingfantasy #aussiefantasy #aussiefiction #writersofinstagram #faransilverton #abcmyphoto #aussiephotos #clarevalley #writinginspiration #sandstone #aussiestations #pastoralhomestead

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Writing inspiration – colours of Australia

she is forced to face dark secrets she’d hoped to leave buried in the red dirt

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This quote resonates with me because reading, writing and music are such big parts of my life. I was lucky enough to see Chris Cornell, one of my favourite singers, perform live four times. Gone but never forgotten.

A good song or a good film or a good book, they don’t work because they’re making you feel the pain of the characters, they work because they’re tricking you into feeling your own. #HigherTruth

Posted by Chris Cornell on Saturday, 5 September 2015

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Cascade at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, South Australia

I took this photo of the ‘Cascade’ glass sculpture by Sergio Redegalli when I attended amazing bestselling fiction author Fiona McIntosh’s Commercial Fiction Masterclass at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in South Australia.

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