People often ask me where I get my ideas from and I say it is difficult to explain for they are all around me. They jump into my head without warning and lie there waiting to ambush me and when they do I have to get the words down on paper or they torment me ruthlessly until I do.
I was inspired to write Demolition of the Heart because of a very passionate and vocal demonstration against local government in my hometown of Port Lincoln in South Australia, Australia back in the 1980s.
Almost the whole town turned out to fight a council decision to build the new Civic Centre on Pioneer Park, a 20 acre site of natural bush land that had been donated to the people of Port Lincoln by a member of one of the pioneering families. Miss Amy Bishop’s intention was that this land should stay in it’s natural state for the people’s enjoyment in the present and the future.
Hundreds gathered with gaudy placards and loud chanting to howl down the Mayor as he tried to sell the project. Descendants of the family came and lodged their objections to the plan. After a heated debate the council backed down and Pioneer Park remained untouched in its pristine beauty for all to enjoy.
At the time I wondered what would happen if the hero was on one side and the heroine on the other and Demolition of the Heart is the result of my thoughts on the subject with a generous dollop of literary licence.
No real people were murdered, set adrift at sea or have a house demolished around them in the plotting of the book.
I worried a little that readers would crave an exotic location with some red carpet glitz and glam, but as I figured I lived in Australia and to everyone besides the twenty odd million living here it was an exotic location.
Besides Port Lincoln, located on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia is famous in its own right:
- It calls itself the Seafood Captial of Australia because of its tuna, crayfish, oysters and other seafood delicacies.
- Claims to have more millionaires per captita than any city in Australia
- Owner of famous racehorse Makybe Diva – she won the Melbourne cup 3 times – is a tuna fisherman in Port Lincoln.
- Hometown to famous Australian Football League players, Lauren Nourse, netball player, and Paralympic cyclist Kieran Modra
- the home of Olympic gold medal winning weightlifter, Dean Lukin
I hope this is enough glitz and glamour for those who need it.
The original Bishop family home, Mill Cottage, was puchased by council to establish a city park – Flinders Park. It is used as a gallery and museum for historical artifacts and the beautiful water color paintings done by Miss Amy Bishop. Flinders Park surrounding the cottage is a favorite place for weddings to be held.
My Grandmother was housekeeper for Amy’s brother Miles Bishop and I spent many hours playing with his grandchildren. I actually own a couple of Amy Bishop’s paintings and they hold pride of place on my walls. The only problem I had was that Mill Cottage was really suitable to fit the story so I chose another historical home just outside Port Lincoln called Boston House as my actual house. I called it Ainsley House.
Buy Demolition of the Heart and see what goes on in a small seaside town in South Australia. You might be surprised.