Novel recounts bittersweet final days of cancer victim

FOLLOWING their mother's passing, Rockhampton-born authors Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter decided to pen their newest novel together.

The former Rockhampton High sisters spent six months crafting Numbered, a story centred on the bittersweet final days of a "vivacious" woman in her 20s diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to be available on February 1, the pair will be visiting Rockhampton to launch the novel in their home-town.

Amy, who has penned more than 50 contemporary romance titles and sold close to two million books, said the idea for Numbered had been "ticking around" for a while.

"Our mum had died from cancer a year before... we certainly could draw on our experiences from that time," she said.

"We did a lot of planning and talking... I would write a chapter and email it to Ros, and she would read it and then write hers.

"We had a lot of fun writing it together and when you go through something like that you need to find the light, funny moments in life because that is what gets you through."

Amy said while there was some heavy background to the work, what they wanted readers to take home was pretty simple.

"We just want them to have a few hours where they can laugh and cry," she said.



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