Author Paullina Simons to launch book in Kingscliff
INTERNATIONAL bestselling author Paullina Simons will launch her new book, Children of Liberty, in Kingscliff on November 7.
Boardwalk Books owner Debbie Allen is the woman behind the seaside hamlet's literary coup.
"Having Paullina come to Kingscliff gives the locals the chance to meet an international bestseller without having to go to Melbourne or Sydney," she said.
"Having her in Kingscliff is extraordinary - to have that pulling power, to attract one of the best selling authors in the world."
The lunch will go for more than an hour with Simons discussing her book followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Simons is the author of Tully, Road to Paradise and her well-loved trilogy of the Bronze Horseman, The Bridge to Holy Cross and The Summer Garden.
Ms Allen is a fan.
"I think we need to stress that people love Paulina's books, she really has the ability to get in side the hearts and minds of her characters and captivate the audience, and that's such an extremely rare ability," she said.
"She pulls on her own heritage - her Russian heritage."
Ms Allen, who opened the store in 2002, has since developed a good relationship with Simons' publisher, who thought the author would love to come out of the main centres to showcase her new book.
"They know we always have a great audience in Kingscliff," she said.
Ms Allen has been behind attracting many best sellers to Kingsciff, including author Cathy Kelly and former Prime Minister John Howard.
The response from the public has been positive but some tickets for the lunch are still available at the Boardwalk Bookstore, Kingscliff.