Grazier launches new novel

IN the past 18 years, Nicole Alexander has come a long way.

She is a fourth-generation cattle and sheep grazier from west of Goondiwindi, has a background in marketing, has lived in Singapore and been a prolific writer in a number of genres.

Alexander was in the Rose City yesterday for the Warwick stage of a tour to launch her new book and first novel – The BarkCutters.

She was launched to stardom in 2005 when her first book, the self-published How To Get A Girl: A Glovebox Guide For Men was launched.

Alexander said the book was just meant purely for a bit of comic relief, how- ever she went on to appear on 45 different radio stations around the country.

To prove her versatility, at the end of 2008 Alexander published Divertissements – Love, Society and War, a book of free-verse poems she had written during the previous 16 years.

Along with her literary works, Alexander returned to the family property, the 22,000-acre Murki Station near Boomi, west of Goondiwindi, where she still works full-time.

For the next three weeks Alexander will be on the road travelling around New South Wales launching her latest novel, The BarkCutters.

She said the novel was about the conflicting allure of the rural lifestyle and what attracted landholders to their properties.

Alexander said it was not autobiographical, how- ever it is an interweaving narrative set in two timeperiods – the late 1800s and 1980s – somewhere in northern New South Wales.

She said the book has been an eight-year task, written while she studied a Master of Letters through the Central Queensland University and, of course, working full time.

However after being signed on her first contract by Random House last year, she only has until July to complete the sequel.

“I have written about 95,000 words (of the sequel); I hope to get this to about 110,000,” Alexander said.

“Writing a book is a continual process of re-drafting.”

After writing so many different styles of literature during the past 18 years, Alexander believes she has finally found her favourite – novel writing.

She said she hoped to now go on and make writing her full-time job.

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