One of Australia's most loved rural literature authors, Fleur McDonald, is tackling the big issues of animal activism and farming accidents in her latest book titled Starting from Now.
It follows rural journalist Zara Ellison who returns to her hometown of Barker after receiving an ominous text message from her mother.
She knows it's not good news. After returning home she meets Detective Dave Burrows and Dave's second-in-charge, Senior Constable Jack Higgins.
McDonald, originally from Orroroo in South Australia's Mid North, said the town of Barker was loosely based on her own hometown.
"She's trying to get a handle on these strange happenings," McDonald said of Zara.
"Jack Higgins finds himself in a different situation."
While tackling the issue of animal activism, she said she was frustrated with the issue as a farmer.
"I tried to tell both sides of the story in a balanced way," she said.
"I like to write about things that are topical.
"I've got a really good handle on farming and living in rural areas."
McDonald will launch her latest book at an event alongside cousin and fellow author Tanya Heaslip in Clare in November.
Tanya has recently released Alice to Prague.
Speaking of her work, Fleur is already thinking ahead to her two books looking set to be published next year.
McDonald has a great following in Australia for her rural literature as well as overseas, including the United States and United Kingdom.
"There's a fascination about Australian rural life," she said of her books' popularity overseas.
"I don't shy away from the reality of it all. It's all pretty much as it happens."
Reflecting on her start to getting published, she said she never thought Red Dust, her first novel, would take off as it did.
"I realised I was in a good place to write this type of book," she said.
"I've got a great imagination."
Her next Dave Burrows book is set to hit the shelves in April.
Cousins in Conversation, with Fleur McDonald and Tanya Heaslip will be held at Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism Centre on Saturday, November 9. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Meg's Bookshop 08 8632 1590 to confirm attendance.