For Nicole Alexander, writing about life on the land has always come naturally.
The Boomi-based author visited Moree on Saturday morning to launch her new novel, Absolution Creek.
Local fans were able to meet and chat with Mrs Alexander, and even have a copy of her new book signed.
Labelled Australia’s “bush storyteller”, Mrs Alexander has always found inspiration through her connection to the land and to the North West area.
“I live at Boomi and I’m a fourth generation grazier, so when I first started writing I wrote about the generational attachment landholders have to their property,” she said.
Now that her writing has evolved, it is still this theme she holds close to heart.
Absolution Creek is a story of “betrayal and redemption” told through an interwoven narrative set in two distinct time periods.
For the historical section of the book, Mrs Alexander drew on her own family history.
“I looked at my family archives, including a 1920s Anthony Hordern mail order catalogue,” she said.
And one of the stories in Absolution Creek is based on a story her grandfather told her father.
“He said a young child travelling with a family fell from the rear of a drey and was later found wandering in the bush alone on the Garah Plains.
“In the late 1800s this was a common thing to happen.
“I think rural Australia at the turn of the century was a really fascinating time. People were coming into outback areas and starting businesses and building homes - literally carving a life for themselves in the outback.”
Mrs Alexander’s books have often drawn her readers to visit the rural areas she describes.
“I’ve often had people say that they’ve chosen to travel inland instead of just sticking to the coast. (The books) do mean people are more drawn to visit North West NSW.”
Mrs Alexander will visit another 19 towns and cities to promote Absolution Creek over the coming month