Rocky Setting Makes a Way into Literature

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FOR Rockhampton-born author Leigh Cunningham, Rockhampton remains a great source of inspiration.

Now living in Singapore, the award-winning writer often finds herself thinking of her childhood when she explored Frenchville on a bike with her friends.

C[pounds sterling]It was such a simple time, and I find myself looking back on those days with great fondness,C[yen] she said.

After leaving Rockhampton in 1994, years before starting her first novel, Leigh found the landscapes she had grown up with set the perfect scene for her books.

C[pounds sterling]Some of the areas described in my book are based on some of the places I used to play at as a kid. I find it really helps to paint a realistic image if you draw from real experiences,C[yen] she said.

Working as a lawyer, it had always been Leigh's dream to write professionally, but she could not find the time while working in such a demanding job.

After her husband Steve took a job in Singapore in 2005, Leigh found the couple was financially stable enough for her to take some time out of her job and focus on

writing.

C[pounds sterling]It was always something I wanted to do, but could not find the time to get a proper start. …