Science meets fiction in Adele Jones' young adult novel
PUBLISHED author Adele Jones credits her imagination and success as a writer with her childhood spent roaming her family's farm in the Brigalow district.
"The farm life is such a fantastic opportunity to develop creativity," she said.
"Stories are everywhere. History is everywhere. And growing up on the land, adventure lurked in every paddock."
Mrs Jones, who has had everything from poetry and essays to fiction published while working in her profession as a scientist, won the 2013 CALEB Prize for unpublished manuscript with her young adult novel, Integrate.
"In essence I 'fell' into YA," she said.
"I was waiting for edits on a historical manuscript, I decided to write a novel in a month. So I did.
"I'd had the idea for Integrate rattling in my head for a while, so I knew where I wanted to take it and had already done a lot of the background research."
Inspired by academic and professional research into the science surrounding gene therapy, Integrated is a work of young adult, sci-fi fiction that has been praised by readers and writers alike for its fast-paced narrative that explores both science and ethics.
"I've found a very compatible voice in YA and enjoy getting in the heads of my characters," Mrs Jones said.
"Writing this voice against a scientific background has been really fun."
Although currently living and working in Toowoomba, Mrs Jones will return to her old stomping grounds of the Western Downs to read from her novel and meet readers at Dalby and Chinchilla libraries.
As for budding writers, she had this advice: "Write. Read. Connect with other writers who will encourage (i.e. nag) you along the way. Always keep working at improving your writing craft and be persistent. I'd been writing for nearly a decade and a half before my first book was published."
Meet Adele Jones at Chinchilla Library on Wednesday, August 26, at 3.30-4.30pm.
Or at Dalby Library on Tuesday, August 25 between 9.30am and 1pm.