Today I am pleased to welcome Choc Lit author Janet Gover to the Love of a Good Book.
Thanks for having me on your blog. Thanks for stopping by!
I thought I’d talk a little bit about Coorah Creek – that’s the outback town where my series of books is set.
Coorah is an aboriginal word. It means woman. A lot of Australian towns have aboriginal names. Toowomba, where I went to school, is believed to have been derived from aboriginal words relating to the fact that water could be found there.
Water is important in the Australian outback – there is so little rain. Towns grow up on creeks and rivers where permanent above ground water is found. So Coorah Creek was born.
It began in the late 1800s, when bullock trains passed through taking supplies to the cattle stations that were being established in the area. In fact, the town’s main street is so very wide because there had to be enough room to allow a bullock train to turn around. The first pub was built about 1920, but it burned down and the existing Coorah Creek hotel was built in early 1940s to replace it.
For a very long time, the town was just a petrol station, a pub and a shop, with just a handful of houses and only about 30 permanent residents.
All that changed when uranium was discovered just to the south of the town in the late 1990s. It was a number of years before the mine was opened. A rail link to the east coast was built to transport the ore and The Creek became a mining town.
The Goongalla Mine began to rebuild the town, to provide for the people it was going to employ. It built a school and a small hospital. There were houses for the families of the permanent staff, and an airport to fly short term workers in and out of the town.
The influx of new people caused the town to start growing again, all on its own. The railway made it easy to bring in supplies. A farm supplies store opened to serve the local cattle properties. The store doubled in size and a second pub opened near the mine, to cater for the mine workers.
The Tyangi Crossing National park – where my latest book The Wild One is set is almost an hour’s drive to the north of the town, among the red sandstone cliffs and gullies where the creek is born.
Coorah Creek town now has a population of over one thousand people. Although all of them don’t work at or for the mine, it is the mine that brings life and money to the town. Without it, Coorah creek could quickly become a ghost town.
One question people always ask me – it the town real. Of course it’s real. The people and the history of the town are real. I can see the buildings. I know the incredible beauty of a sunrise over the red sandstone cliffs in the park. I can hear the lonely cawing of crows at dusk.
Yes – Coorah creek is real – but the only map you can find it on is the one in my office.
I hope sometime you will come and visit the town, and meet the people in it.
Janet lives in Surrey with her English husband but grew up in the Australian outback surrounded by books. She solved mysteries with Sherlock Holmes, explored jungles with Edgar Rice Burroughs and shot to the stars with Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. After studying journalism at Queensland University she became a television journalist, first in Australia, then in Asia and Europe. During her career Janet saw and did a lot of unusual things. She met one Pope, at least three Prime Ministers, a few movie stars and a dolphin. Janet now works in television production and travels extensively with her job.
Janet’s first short story, The Last Dragon, was published in 2002. Since then she has published numerous short stories, one of which won the Elizabeth Goudge Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She has previously published three novels with Little Black Dress, Flight to Coorah Creek was Janet’s debut with Choc Lit.
Discover The Wild One:
Can four wounded souls find love?
Iraq war veteran Dan Mitchell once disobeyed an order – and it nearly destroyed him. Now a national park ranger in the Australian outback, he’s faced with another order he is unwilling to obey …
Photographer Rachel Quinn seeks out beauty in unlikely places. Her work comforted Dan in his darkest days. But Quinn knows darkness too – and Dan soon realises she needs his help as much as he needs hers.
Carrie Bryant was a talented jockey until a racing accident broke her nerve. Now Dan and Quinn need her expertise, but can she face her fear? And could horse breeder, Justin Fraser, a man fighting to save his own heritage, be the person to help put that fear to rest?
The wounds you can’t see are the hardest to heal …
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