Returning to roots with her new book
IN popular culture, mature-aged characters are often based around stereotypes and rarely have adventures or romances of their own.
Maggie Christensen is working to change that.
On December 9, she will be signing copies of her seventh novel The Good Sister at Annie's Books in Peregian at 10am.
The books is set in the author's native Scotland, telling the story of 65-year-old Bel, who travels home from Australia to visit a terminally ill aunt and begins reading the older woman's memoir.
Ms Christensen said the novel's dual narrative format had posed a challenge.
"When I started writing, I was doing one modern chapter and one set in the past and that wasn't working, so then I wrote the two separately and put them together.
"It was fun, but difficult... it probably took about six months to do the initial draft and then it goes through a lot of proofing and editing.
"I've had some very good early reviews, which is very encouraging... I guess what reviewers like is that I do write about older women living fulfilling lives."
While the book has only just been released, Ms Christensen said she was already preparing to write the sequel.
"When I finished (the book) I felt that I didn't want to leave the two characters... one reviewer said she wanted to know what happens afterward," she said. "I like to bring characters back into future books as well, so readers feel like they're seeing an old friend."
Visit https://books2read.com/u/bpWqkX or book shops around the Coolum-Peregian area.