Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Beefing Up the Rom-Com; Debut Novel Puts Rocky on the Romance Map

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Beefing Up the Rom-Com; Debut Novel Puts Rocky on the Romance Map

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Byline: Letea Cavander

PARIS, Rome ... and Rocky? If author Anna Daniels has her way the beef capital of Australia, in central Queensland, will be the next big romantic hotspot.

The Rockhampton-raised author published her first novel, Girl in Between, at the end of April.

And she now has her sights set firmly on the small screen because she wants her book turned into a television romantic comedy with the city at its heart.

"It's not often the beef capital is the setting for nationally released rom-com," Daniels said.

"There's a lot of quirk factor there with the bull statues and the lovely wide streets... and the sense of running into everyone at central coffee shops and pubs."

Daniels, 36, has a background in television and radio, and has written and presented for The Project.

And the novel was at first intended as a screenplay for television.

But as she started writing, Daniels realised her creation better lent itself to a novel format so she changed tack.

She finished it in 2013, but it was a short read. In 2015 she decided to try and get her book published so she entered it into the Vogel awards.

She was short-listed for the awards last year. Although she did not take out the top gong, she was noticed by publisher Allen and Unwin and she began working on getting her word count up for publication.

The book tells the story of protagonist Lucy Crighton who has a breakdown following a break-up. She finds herself living with her mum and dad back in Rocky, her hometown, after quitting her television journalism job in Melbourne.

Lucy has dreams of being a writer and is trying to finish her first book, which is made difficult at times by her mother and father's well-meaning interventions.

The reader follows Lucy as she stumbles from one chaotic situation to another. Will she ever find her feet, and true love to boot?

"I think Lucy is typical of a lot of women who grow up in regional Australia in that they love the freedom and lifestyle that goes with being in a country, or regional or rural town," Daniels said. …

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