For many Judy Nunn is known for her roles For many Judy Nunn is known for her roles on The Box, Prisoner, Sons and Daughters and, of course, Home and Away.
But Ms Nunn has also found huge success as a bestselling author, with more than one million book sales worldwide.
Her 14th novel, Sanctuary, will no doubt be a contender for the charts.
Ms Nunn’s novels take the reader to locations around Australia, and through different eras, but Sanctuary is the first to be set completely in modern-day Australia.
Inspired by a visit to the Houtman Abrolhos, a chain of islands off the coast of Geraldton, Ms Nunn says she always wanted to base a novel around the desolate islands and found the emotionally charged topic of ‘boat people’ to be the perfect fit.
“In this book there are people arriving by boat, which makes it illegal of course, and only eight adults and a little boy survive a shipwreck that leaves them closer to death than they are to life,” she tells My Weekly Preview.
“They arrive on this island and find everything they need to survive, but have no idea where they are.
“There are people living on the mainland in a small fishing village and they are just waiting for these people to find out they are there.
“Although Sanctuary is more contemporary, we are always living history and today will be tomorrow’s history.
“We are living through very historical times.”
Ms Nunn says she wasn’t worried about how a novel based on the highly contentious issue would be received.
“I make no statements as a writer; it is all about the characters,” she says.
“This is a fictitious story about love and survival and the human spirit. Of course, my characters within the story are going to have a great deal to say.
“This is by no means a ‘romantic’ novel, but it is probably the strongest ‘love story’ I’ve yet written.”
Ms Nunn will make two appearances on the Coast as part of a six-week tour.
Judy Nunn will be at a Literary Lunch at Noosa Beach House on November 8 from 12pm. Tickets are $65 and available at penguin.com.au/events/. She will also be at The Events Centre, Caloundra on November 8 from 7pm. Tickets are $25 from library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Whats-On.
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