In conversation: Writing puzzles, mysteries and journeys

10:30 am – 12:00 Venue: St Clement’s Anglican Church Hall

The role of faith, personal stories and imagination play as starting points in writing puzzles, mysteries and journeys. With Karen Nelson and Melissa Pouliot, facilitated by Ian Campbell.

If you love Australian crime writers such as Candice Fox, Fleur Ferris, Kay Schubach and Isla Evans, page-turning crime stories by Patricia Cornwell and the characters brought so beautifully to life by Liane Moriarty, you’ll love Melissa Pouliot. Melissa is a journalist, media marketing company owner, mother of three, and since 2013, a self-published crime fiction author, based near Merimbula. Melissa has written and self-published four fiction novels, including an Amazon bestseller. Her novels, all of which are endorsed by the Australian Federal Police, are inspired by the disappearance of her cousin Ursula Barwick, nearly 30 years ago, and Melissa has become a high profile advocate for missing persons. She is an experienced public speaker, facilitator and emcee, founder of Picnic for Missing, and an Ambassador for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Melissa writes every single day.

Karen Nelson, whose book Voyage of the Ark (Background) takes readers into the heart and hardships of the journey on the ark. Voyage of the Ark (published by Xlibris AU) allows them to step into the world before the flood and witness the events unfold through the eyes of Jalila, the daughter-in- law of Noah.
“I would like readers to come away from reading my novel with a greater understanding of the reality of the story of Noah’s ark,” Nelson says. “I hope too, that they would identify with the characters on a personal level and gain some encouragement for any hardships they may be facing.” 
Karen is a wife and mother with a passion for God and writing. She grew up in Sydney, Australia, in a large family and now resides on the south coast of New South Wales with her husband, Mathew, and their six children. They attend Gospel Fellowship church where they are active members of the leadership and music teams.

After spending 24 years in regional radio, most recently as Regional Content Manager and Breakfast Presenter at ABC South East, in 2016 Ian Campbell launched a new endeavour. About Regional is a fresh platform for local stories, information and ideas. Ian is keen to build on his passion for regional communities and his desire to see them thriveAbout Regional covers online, social media and podcast; a true celebration of the colour and perspective of country people.

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