A Christmas gift for a lost soul

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November 1, 2017 by Carmel

 

“He set out from the Highlands of Scotland in 1885, full of hope for the future in the new colony of Queensland in Australia.  Another Scotsman had landed in Australia some years before and it was William’s misfortune that their paths crossed.”

I don’t usually get too excited about Christmas, especially this far out, but this year I am really looking forward to it.  With three small grandchildren, and my elderly mother coming to stay, the house will be full of fun and activity.  I will be exhausted at the end of it all, but I like to make people happy – not as a people pleaser, but just doing something nice for someone.  I’m also busy promoting my latest release ‘Murder In The Bush’ which is based on the true story of William McDonald who died young at the hands of a maniac.  This is my seventh novel but the excitement of receiving a box of paperbacks never gets old.  I am especially pleased that William’s grand-nephew has read the book and loved it.  William has no grave marker but this book will be his legacy.  He set out from the Highlands of Scotland in 1885, full of hope for the future in the new colony of Queensland in Australia.  Another Scotsman had landed in Australia some years before and it was William’s misfortune that their paths crossed.  McDonalds are scattered all around the world – my family name McMurdo is related to the McDonald clan – and many of them will be related to William’s family.  Writing William’s story is my gift to them – and just in time for Christmas!

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