Former Patchewollock resident and celebrated author Fleur Ferris ready to release new novel, Found

NEW BOOK: Former Patchewollock resident and author Fleur Ferris is set to release her fourth published novel, Found. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED

NEW BOOK: Former Patchewollock resident and author Fleur Ferris is set to release her fourth published novel, Found. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED

FORMER Patchewollock resident and celebrated author Fleur Ferris has been putting pen to paper her whole life.

“I’ve been writing since I was eight, but I didn’t think about writing seriously until I was 23,” she said.

“I didn’t share my work with anyone until I had written five books.”

She said her upbringing on a Wimmera Mallee sheep and wheat farm was idyllic.

“Everyday we’d travel to school in Hopetoun; we had a great upbringing,” she said.

“We had so much freedom and I wanted the same thing for my children.

“That’s why we now live on a rice farm in Bunnaloo (NSW).”

Having previously worked as a police officer and paramedic means Ms Ferris has experience dealing with the darker side of humanity. 

That expertise came in handy when she wrote her first published novel, Risk – a young-adult fiction novel about the dangers of online bullying. 

Risk is now taught in secondary schools to students in Years 7 to 10.

“I never consciously thought about writing young-adult fiction until Risk was picked up by publishers,” she said.

FOUND: Fleur Ferris' fourth published novel, Found, is a young adult, mystery thriller with a twist. The book will be released on July 2.

FOUND: Fleur Ferris' fourth published novel, Found, is a young adult, mystery thriller with a twist. The book will be released on July 2.

“But the characters I’m interested in writing about are all that age.”

Since then, Ms Ferris has written two other young-adult novels – Black and Wreck.

Ms Ferris is now about to release her fourth published novel, the young-adult mystery Found.

The story follows 17-year-old Beth, who lives in the small rural town of Deni. Beth’s biggest problem is telling her protective and fiercely private father that she has a boyfriend, but her life is turned upside down when her father mysteriously disappears.

Found is a pacey mystery, thriller with lots of high stakes action, suspense and a bit of romance,” she said.

“It’s set in a small NSW town – I was influenced by some real life things, but a lot of it came from my imagination.”

Found will be released nationally on July 2.