Prized possession: Maris Morton won a competition which included a book contract as part of the prize. Now she’s looking forward to more success as an author.
Prized possession: Maris Morton won a competition which included a book contract as part of the prize. Now she’s looking forward to more success as an author.

72yo author publishes first book

HOLDING her first published book in her hands is a dream come true for Uki author Maris Morton.

Ms Morton, 72, who was the winner of the inaugural CAL Scribe Fiction Prize in 2010, received the book contract as part of the prize, along with $12,000 earlier this year.

“It was very exciting when the finished book finally arrived,” she said.

“I think I probably stroked it a bit.

“I do feel very proud. There's a huge satisfaction in crafting something and then seeing it in its completed form. I guess it's a bit like an artist finishing a painting.

“I'm just edgy now to see how it goes after the release.”

The book, titled A Darker Music, is due for release on September 27 and is a mystery set in the heart of rural Western Australia on a merino stud. The story centres around a musician who marries a farmer and goes to live on the remote farm.

“I feel like I am now a professional writer with a book published and am fired up to make the whole series as good as this first book,” Ms Morton said.

“I already have a further four planned and written as well as two more started and ideas for others.

“Each book is a separate story but the housekeeper character is in all of them. In each one a little more about her own personal life is revealed.”

Ms Morton, who was director of the Tweed River Art Gallery from 1989 to 1999, said she loved getting up each day knowing she had writing to do.

“I was quite despondent before winning the competition and wondered what else I could possibly do,” she said.

“But at my age I was honestly running out of time to learn and become proficient in a new skill.

“And besides I really enjoy writing too much to stop.”

Ms Morton said she would do book signings for A Darker Music in Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and Tweed, with dates still to be confirmed.



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