Jocelyn Hawes Dear Sam
What are you reading at the moment?
I read books in many different genres including thrillers, romances and family
epics. I enjoy Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher books. Kerry does an amazing amount of research and takes the reader down many interesting paths.
Tell us about your story in one sentence.
Dear Sam is a poignant story about a mother’s love for her son who is serving in the AIF during the dark days of 1942.
What attracted you to the story you selected?
I chose the photograph Forest 3 because The Natural Arch is one of my favourite places in the rain forest hinterland. It is a magical place with easy access down well constructed paths. In my story it is Sam’s special place.
What’s your connection to the Gold Coast?
Members of my family have been visiting the Gold Coast for five generations since my great grandparents built two house on the waterfront at Labrador.
What else have you published?
I have some small successes in writing competitions as well as having a number of short stories published in other anthologies. In conjunction with a committee of cousins we have self-published two family history books. One children’s book was published in 1997 called The Clancy Kite.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I write in many different genres including plays and stories for children. I am currently working on two picture books for children about the environment.