First book published after author didn't give up on dream
FOR six months, looking out over the Mt Larcom peak as the dawn rose, Cheryal Richards put pencil to pad.
The end result was her now published fantasy novel Guardians Legacy.
The 52-year-old Targinnie resident said she always knew she would write a book.
"It's a major personal achievement to have it published," Cheryal said.
But that isn't to say it wasn't a tough road. The book was actually written five years ago.
Cheryal said, like any writer, she got a few knockbacks during her first attempts to get Guardians Legacy published.
"It's devastating. It just got put away. It still is hard to take," she said.
However, Cheryal didn't give up on her dream that easily and last year was successful in getting it published.
"It's almost, like, surreal," she said.
The novel is based on the planet Sentinel where a small number of children were able to escape to, with help from the Guardians of the Human Race, before Earth was destroyed.
Each of the characters in the book are based on people in Cheryal's life.
"Even the dragons. There is no point making up a character when the world is full of them."
Cheryal said Guardians Legacy would appeal to just about everyone from teenagers to adults.
She had already received plenty of positive feedback, with 60 friends and family keen to be the first to read the book.
"And now I have to write more. They all want more," Cheryal laughed.
Interest has been high with three film script offers already coming in, and Cheryal said the sequel was in the works.
- Where: Gladstone City Library.
- When: February 16, 11am-3pm.
- About the book: Earth is destroyed, but not before the Guardians of the Human Race save a small number of newborn infants. A new planet is to be a new start for the children, but the planet is already inhabited. The children must grow and begin their new lives on Sentinel on their own, for their Guardians are dying.