FLEUR Ferris’ new book is not only getting rave reviews, it is getting people talking on social media.
Since the Bunnaloo author launched her fourth novel Found last Friday night, the response has been overwhelmingly positive from teens through to adults.
‘‘Waiting to see how a book will be received is always a nerve-racking experience, so I am very relieved by the positive response it’s getting. I couldn’t be happier,’’ she said.
The launch at Moama Anglican Grammar School’s resource centre attracted about 200 people.
Students from Echuca College, Moama Anglican Grammar, St Joseph’s College, Deniliquin High School and Barham High School made up the question and answer panel, questioning Fleur on all her novels as well as her writing and how she keeps herself motivated.
‘‘When it comes to writing I am usually highly motivated because I love it,’’ she told the crowd.
‘‘Deadlines can be stressful but they are also a great motivator.
‘‘I have a good online chat group which consists of other Australian writers. We chat daily about what is going on with our work.
‘‘I also catch up regularly with good friends who live locally and we support and encourage each other.
‘‘The other place I find inspiration is on social media. Years ago, before I was published, I started to think it was never going to happen for me. A guy I went to school with wrote a comment on one of my Facebook posts, ‘Keep knocking on those doors until one opens’. It spurred me on and the next door I knocked on opened for me.
‘‘I think it’s important to surround yourself with positive people and to never underestimate the power of encouraging others.’’
And the advice she gave to aspiring writers was to ‘‘learn to fail well’’.
‘‘Receiving rejections is a regular part of the writing and publishing process,’’ she said.
‘‘Rejections hurt and you have to be able to weather them to keep going.’’
Guests enjoyed the opportunity to hear from Fleur, have their books signed and buy copies thanks to Collins Booksellers and ABC Centre Echuca. Eighty-four books were sold on the night.