My Outdoor Office
As much as I prefer to write indoors, there are sometimes in my life, I just can't. Harvest is an especially busy time for us, so pack up my laptop, put it in the back of my ute and use an old fuel drum as a chair! I can tell you, that when the drum gets hot, gives a whole different meaning to 'hot to trot!'
In this photo, I was cleaning graining, which didn't require a lot of brain power - just keeping the augers and chutes clear - so it enabled me to write quite easily.
I am an author of two books, Red Dust was published in May 09 and Blue Skies is due out in April 2010. My stories are based in the country and I tend to think of them as mysteries, although some people want to lob them into the romantic section - I'm not so sure about that!
My blog consists of my writing life, my farming life and everything in between - I try to put photos up with every blog, to help the reader visualise what I'm talking about and I've got to the point, that I also include videos, if I'm able to.
My writing day consists of time snatched in between racing around for the farm, two kids and a husband and numerous farm animals and pets that need my undivided attention! I tend to write very early in the mornings, or late at night. I actually find that writing my blogs, help me warm up for my writing time.
I hope you visit my blog - I'd love to see you and as from January, I'll be giving away prizes - all who leave a comment over the month, will go into the draw. First prize up for grabs is a Queensland Writers Taster pack, which includes a three month membership to them. See you there!
Born and bred in Orroroo, the mid-north of South Australia, Fleur's Mum and Dad were fuel distributors and with her dad she spent some of her childhood in the fuel trucks heading north, meeting all sorts of wonderful Northern characters.
The first year out of school she headed to the southeast of SA to do some jillarooing and then went to WA for her second year. She met her now husband when she first went to WA. In 1994 she attended Marcus Oldham Farm Management College to study Agribusiness.
They now farm 8000 acres, about 110km east of Esperance. Prime lambs and cattle being their main enterprises, but they do a small amount of cropping.
They also run two studs — Angus Cattle and White Suffolk Sheep.
They have two children, Rochelle, eight, and Hayden, seven.
She is the author of Wilder Eukaplytus, Red Dust and the upcoming Blue Skies.
You can learn more about Fleur on her website: http://fleurmcdonald.com/