Mooball finds a place in chic lit

WHEN Brisbane chic lit author Allison Rushby needed a wacky country town to base her latest novel she instantly thought of Mooball.

Ms Rushby's latest book Wrong Way, Go Back, written under her alias Alli Kincaid, is set in Moo, a fictional town inspired by family trips to our cow capital.

“I spent a lot of family beach holidays at Kingscliff and we would always take a little day trip out to Mooball, just because it's such a fun spot,” Ms Rushby said.

“Over the years we've eaten a lot of gigantic burgers and had a lot of photos taken with our heads sticking out of the 'I did a wee wee at the Moo Moo' sign.”

Ms Rushby, who has lived in Lismore and on the Gold Coast, said these fond memories encouraged her to use the town as the setting for Wrong Way, Go Back.

“I'd always loved the spot, and when I suddenly needed a slightly wacky small town for three female characters to run home to ... well, I couldn't resist,” she said.

“I think it's just gorgeous and love the black and white-ness of it all.

“Passing through Mooball you get the distinct impression that if you stay still for long enough you very well may be painted black and white yourself.”

But Ms Rushby added locals probably will not recognise their houses in the novel.

“Apart from the black and white motif and the surrounding rolling green hills, Moo and Mooball don't have very much in common.

“My characters and their lives demanded I create a very differ- ent place-setting to the one that really exists, as well as a town full of people who aren't in any way real,” she said.

“I've gone to town creating cafes and farms and houses all for the purposes of my characters and their story. I hope none of the locals mind too much.”

Wrong Way, Go Back is all about the choices people make in life and where they lead to, Ms Rushby said.

“Sometimes they're the right ones, sometimes they find us running along a road from which we have no idea how to step off.

“In Wrong Way, Go Back, we see Dicey, her sister Titch and her friend Sally on the wrong paths simultaneously.

“When all three of their lives reach a dead end at the same time, they slink back into their hometown to try and sort out where they went wrong.

“The three main characters are certainly fond of their home town, just as I'm fond of it and always make time to visit whenever I'm down that way.”

Other books by Ms Rushby include, It's Not You , It's Me and the Living Blonde young adult series.

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