Authors serve up advice at luncheon

EVER wanted to ask an author what gave them the idea for the book they wrote?

You'll have the opportunity at the first-ever WriteFeast Literary Lunch on Sunday.

Bundaberg Writers' Club president Jennifer Mason said this year, as a part of WriteFest, the Bundaberg writers festival, a lunch was organised with three guest speakers.

"Readers rarely get the chance to chat with authors, especially those of the calibre of Dr Lindsay Simpson, Professor Anne Buist and Elizabeth Lowrie."

Dr Simpson is the author of Where Is Daniel?, which she wrote with Denise and Bruce Morcombe, as well as Brothers In Arms (co-authored with Sandra Harvey and made into the television series Bikie Wars) and other true crime books.

She will be speaking about the writer's duty in telling true stories.

Anne Buist is the chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder.

"I'm looking forward to reading Anne's first psychological thriller, Medea's Curse," Ms Mason said.

The other speaker, Elizabeth Lowrie, is the author of Committed Undone, the rebuttal to Eat, Pray, Love.

Some of the authors who will be presenting workshops at WriteFest will also be at the literary lunch, and readers who visit the Bundaberg Writers' Club Facebook page can see how they can get a chance to sit with their favourite author.