Over the past six years I have been absolutely blessed to travel Australia researching my books. We started our travels in a canvas camper trailer , and then upgraded to a caravan, and now five years later we set off in our new twenty foot caravan (with its own bathroom and joy of joys, a washing machine!) We have been to the outback, we have been to the islands, we have been sailing and we’ve climbed mountains (or maybe they were hills that felt like mountains!)
We camped in the outback when I was researching the Prickle Creek Farm series—with red dust blowing on us, prickles underfoot and we experienced the dry heat and the flies. We cooked damper over a fire, and fished for yabbies on the dam, and cooked them in a pot of boiling water like Lucy and Garth did in Her Outback Cowboy.
We travelled to the Whitsunday Islands, when I was writing Holiday Affair, and walked on the white sands of what has recently been classified as the second most beautiful beach in the world. We peeked into luxury resorts and watched how the rich and famous spend their vacations…and then we would go back to our campground and our camper.
We explored Kakadu National Park, and saw crocodiles and wild pigs when I was researching Outback Affair. We flew into a diamond mine and saw the huge gaping pit where the diamonds were mined and experienced the high level security in the mine. Did you know if you drop something, you’re not allowed to bend down and pick it up, in case you are picking up a diamond from the ground?
I hope you enjoy looking at some of the photos I took while we were travelling… if you would like to read more about our travels, you can follow our various trips at wherethefekarwee.blogspot.com.au.
I love being an author, and I love travelling and researching my books so I can take the reader to real places I have visited.
Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and three beautiful grandchildren have arrived. Now they share their home with Toby, the naughtiest dog in the universe, and two white cats. When she is not writing Annie can be found in her garden or walking on the beach… or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, camera in hand as the sun sets. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. Readers can contact Annie through her website annieseaton.net or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Hi Annie, love your books. Love your blogs. We have been to some of the places you have visited whilst researching for your books, and feel this is why I can relate to them so much. (Must admit we haven’t had as many adventures as you though). I have print copies of Daintree and Diamond Sky which I cherish. I have read Kakadu Sunset but borrowed that from Kempsey Library. I would love to be lucky enough to score an e-copy of this book. Keep up the great work 🙂
Thank you, Robyn! We love our adventures!