Terry L Probert is a novelist and shortstory writer. His debut novel KUNDELA earned a commendation in the 2013 FAW Christina Stead Award.
Currently looking for an agent/publisher to bring any of his novels to print, Terry is a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, Writers Victoria and SA Writers. Terry is active in his local literary community. His Short Story Banib the Bunyip placed second in the City of Melton Short Story Competition 2013.
Merlene's comment below has prompted me to slap everyone of the characters, and put them back in their place. It's a tough love situation we are in here, I told them. They can appear in the second and third books of the Gillespie family's trillogy, but for now the important thing is to sit quietly, while I finish the first book.
I need to be strong during the rewrite and cut their influence back a bit, and not allow them to take over the novel, by edging others into the background. Following a guideline was the ony way I could keep the story moving forward and stay aligned with the plot.
For those who have helped with comments and critiques thank you. I hope that you will reconise your recomendations when the work is finished.
This little distraction I am on now is really me just pumping up my own tyres, therefore I had better get stuck in, and finish it.
It is One fourty Five in the afternoon, and I am nearing the last of the novel. It will take two short chapters to resolve and I have to resist the temptation to expand the story further. While it feels good to be at the end there is some sadness that the characters I have grown to know will cease evolving.
Maybe they contain within them, the beginings of a trilogy.
Today I have changed the title of this page to make it easier for readers to find.
Progress on my novel Kundela is strong and I have gained a lot of writing assistance by attending the Wordsmiths of Melton. Another initiative of this group is a Novel Writing Workshop, which is presented by Merlene Fawdry. Merlene has enhanced a sense of accomplishment in each member of our group through her encouragement and willingness to pass on knowledge.
I recommend any emerging writer to take a look at her website and access her well of knowledge and ideas.
Today marks the 100,000 word milestone in my novel Kundela. this means that I am nearing completion and while my characters are fighting for space in the story, I have to remain focused and work to the outline.
I expect that I will be ready to take my manuscript into first draft after the week end. so my goal for this week is to complete the last two chapters.
I have included a brief synopsis below:
KUNDELA Ancient bone of revenge
Kundela is a murder
mystery set in the Finders ranges of South Australia. The year is 2009, it is
late spring and the country is wilting from a seven-year drought. Our main
characters the Gillespie family have lived on Warooka’s Well for three
generations. The time line of events is short and the novel’s plot evolves over
less than a six-month period.
Joe Gillespie finds a dead steer, it’s been clay-panned,
(butchered on its skin) the animal was a favourite and in prime condition. It
is not the first time that Joe has found remains of similar cattle thefts this
year. However this event triggers a chain of events that introduce a few ghosts
from the past, causing the Gillespies to re-evaluate their farming business and
The mystery unfolds as Joe and his wife Laura arrive
home from a weekend in town to find their home and outbuildings supposedly
trashed by a bikie gang.
They agree to search for the gang’s location before
reporting the incident to police. Joe and Laura find their camp at Corroboree
Bend in the Horseshoe, a geographical phenomena with only one entry point. From
the safety of their lookout above the camp, they spy a young woman. She is naked,
tied to a big Harley motorcycle, and about to be raped by a gang member, Joe
and Laura are obliged to take action and rescue her.
At Police Headquarters in Adelaide, Joe learns
someone other than the bikies have ruined his property. Their interview turns
nasty as the abduction case against the bikies falls apart when the young woman
dies. The police turn on them, and charge the couple with causing criminal
Knowing his family is in danger, Joe breaks the
Official Secrets Act by revealing his past to police.
Returning home, Joe finds his prized mob of cattle
poisoned; they litter the creek and low scrub of the well paddock. He is
puzzled. This is the place where he had found the clay-panned beast a week
earlier. Angry, he races to the homestead only to find more poisoned animals,
and even more devastation. Joe notices a flash of reflected light from a ridge
above the homestead, and realises that he has driven into a trap. The story
continues as he tries to out run his pursuers
The police suspect him of murdering his pursuers,
and grill Joe again. He teams up with a Senior Constable from the Stock Squad and
they set about capturing the fourth member of group targeting him. While
discovering why this evil has visited their family, the Gillespies uncover uncomfortable
secrets from their past.
Two stories of love wind though the text, the Love
shared by Joe and Laura, along with some intimate moments shared by the other
characters, and love of the land on where they live, and loyalty linking the
people in Joe and Laura’s life together.
The story has a complex
group of main characters and although a complete fiction has a sense of