James Turner’s book, Dark Forces, is available at Hervey Bay’s Book City. Photo: CARMEL HINKS
James Turner’s book, Dark Forces, is available at Hervey Bay’s Book City. Photo: CARMEL HINKS

Author writes for young adults

JAMES Turner doesn’t have children of his own but there’s not much about children he doesn’t know.

So now he’s writing about them.

Mr Turner, who spent his career as a public servant, including in the Federal criminal justice system and is now involved in youth mentoring in Hervey Bay, has one of his published books on sale at the Bay’s Book City at Centro.

Dark Forces was the first I wrote back in Victoria,” said the young retiree yesterday.

“It’s three stories in the one book but each story shares the same central characters.

White Fear is the first story where 62 boys and girls take part in their school’s annual Year 8 day-hike up Mount Feathertop in north-east Victoria on the last day of September, 1981.

“For 12 of them, the walk becomes a nightmare of fear, cold and isolation, in the shadow of death. They are alone, and imprisoned in a desolate cabin by a wild blizzard that has killed their teacher.

Lake Chase is the second story and it’s set in the January summer holidays as Wesley, Graham, and Scott are about to enter Year 9 for the 1982 school year.

Desert Foxes is the third in the book.

“It’s set on a sheep station outback and involves a terrorist attack on an exchange student’s father.”

Mr Turner writes for about an hour each day and has also had a couple of young adult books published in the US.

“I have just finished Fat to Fast, the story of an obese kid from Victoria who comes to Hervey Bay and discovers that, with his weight coming off, he’s a brilliant natural athlete,” Mr Turner said yesterday.

“I don’t have any swearing or actual sex scenes in my books.”

Dark Forces is selling at Book City for $12.95.



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