Anne Smith's country home provides plenty of inspiration for her children's books.February 4, 2013 4:58am
Author Anne Smith has lived in the Benalla area since 1970, having moved to Lima East 33 years ago with her husband Trevor and their children.
Anne, writing under her maiden name of Marguerite Turnley, has recently had three children’s books published by Xlibris and says all three stories are partly true and partly her ‘‘weird imagination’’.
Scrappy and Taffy, Lost and Found; It’s Raining Cats and Frog; and Feathered Chaos are her most recent books.
Anne is multi-talented, drawing pictures for the stories and painting landscapes. After suffering a number of serious health issues over the years, Anne says her artistic hobbies allow her to tune out and focus on other things.
‘‘I don’t have to focus on the inner turmoil — if your hands are busy and your mind is busy too, the rest of it just floats away,’’ she said.
Anne loves life on her six-acre block in country Victoria where she has dogs and cats, and kookaburras and koalas in the trees. Her best help in ‘‘surviving out in the wild’’ is her husband Trevor who loves the bush and animals in the same way.
She had two novels published about 12 years ago, with the Ensign doing a story on the second book, Firewalking, which was published in the United States.
Anne’s first book was called Primal Man, and was published in Australia.
All her children’s books are coming out as ebooks, as well as hardcovers, and are available from Xlibris at www.xlibris.com.au or at selected book stores.
Anne is a member of Benalla Regional Writers, which meets every second Friday of the month at Waminda House from 2
Businessmen, onesies, baked muffins, a professor and a baby made for a colourful ragtag army of Sheppartonians who made their way to the seat of democratic power in Melbourne yesterday.
Local kayaking athletes Brea Roadley and Kayla Whinray have continued making a splash in their sport on both a national and international level.
Tatura’s St Vincent de Paul Society has made a sizeable donation to Sacred Heart School community for 2015.
A touch of glitz and glamour will be the theme for St Mary’s Primary School’s annual parents and friends ball at The Mill tomorrow.
Campaspe Valley Community Centre played host to Audrey Hepburn, Little Red Riding Hood, Napoleon Dynamite and even the Titanic recently.
Jackson Gentle beats younger sibling Cooper in thrilling Parkland decider
What will it take for politicians to start taking Nagambie's case for an ambulance seriously?
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
Heathcote has finally been topped as the animal collision capital of Victoria.
Cobram’s Tokemata Retreat has received recognition from a global tourism site, receiving a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.
Gov’t overhauls GP incentive scheme.
There may never be a solution to the Murray-Darling Basin and managing its water — Australia’s greatest natural asset.
Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber tells The Ensign, producers should oppose the sale of the long term lease of the Port by the Andrews Government.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.