Author Victoria Purman to visit Naracoorte

Author Victoria Purman will be conducting author talks in Naracoorte and Penola this month.

Author Victoria Purman will be conducting author talks in Naracoorte and Penola this month.

Local fans of South Australian best-selling author Victoria Purman are in for a treat when she visits Naracoorte and Penola this month.

She will be holding author talks on September 16 to launch her latest release, The Women's Pages.

In the thrilling historical fiction novel, Mrs Purman uses her experience as a journalist to tell the tale of plucky secretary turned reporter, Tilly Galloway.

It was a logical leap from writing the news for the ABC to writing fiction novels for Mr Purman, who had long dreamed of being an author.

"I always wanted to write books. I had a career in journalism, and then I did other things and then I had a family, and it wasn't until my youngest son was 12, I was able to go ahead and really concentrate on trying to fulfill that dream and write a book," she said.

"I did that and got offered a publishing contract eight years ago and I haven't looked back.

"I am really happy I've had an eight year career now, it's something that I thank my lucky stars for, that I get to do this and talk about these amazing stories about women in our history that I think are overlooked or just forgotten, or maybe were never even told in the first place.

"Often women's stories aren't considered important so I get a big thrill out of finding them in the first place and using that journalistic eye that we have to say 'that's interesting, why did that happen, where was that, who was involved.'

"That's how I kind of get those ideas and bring them to life. Little things grab my attention. I don't why or where they come from sometimes, sometimes I read an old snippets in a newspaper.

"I haunt old newspapers archives online and I see some funny little stories online and I think 'why did that happen, who was that, what's the real story'."

It is old newspaper articles from the 1930s and 1940s that served as inspiration and research for The Women's Pages.

Set during and just after the end of World War Two, The book follows Tilly Galloway, a journalist in Sydney who starts to investigate the lives of other women around her during the war while coping with the grief of losing her husband, who has been missing for three years.

"I tried to see the world through her eyes - she was digging for information and digging to find out what happened to her husband who has been missing for three years in Papua New Guinea," she said.

"All of those old newspaper articles were so great and gave me such insight into what was happening at the time back in Australia and people's reaction to it."

"She starts to investigate what happens to women, why women were treated the way were after the war, the unfairness of things like the treatment of war widows after the war ended so it opens up this world to her and she is then determined to get out there and see more.

"I loved writing her, because she was so confident after her stint in the newsroom, and she was just determined to go out and see and do more than what was expected of women at that time. I want to be her."

Mrs Purman will be at the Naracoorte Town Hall at 10am and Penola Community Library at 7pm on September 16, where she will discuss her journey into writing, her research and her novel.

"One of the beautiful things about talking to readers is they share their stories with me, so i am really looking forward to hearing any stories that local people have or those memories of the post war years," she said.

"I am so excited to come down, meeting readers is the best thing about being an author."

To book a spot, contact the Naracoorte Library on 8762 2338 or Wattle Range Council on 8737 2855.