Lotte Lewin (left) from the Hervey Bay Arts Council’s Scribes group chats with novelist Irena Thompson about her latest work.
Lotte Lewin (left) from the Hervey Bay Arts Council’s Scribes group chats with novelist Irena Thompson about her latest work. JOCELYN WATTS

Novel natter with author

Lotte Lewin wasn’t going to miss her date with a gun-toting, knife wielding, crocodile hunting beauty in Maryborough on Saturday.

The Hervey Bay author was first in line at Janet’s Art to meet Irena Thompson from Gympie, a 40-year-old novelist and former model who has lived an action-packed life as a professional shooter, jillaroo and taxidermist.

Irena, making it to her own book signing with just minutes to spare, greeted Lotte and other members of Scribe, a writing group of the Hervey Bay Arts Council, with her speech stumbling over words as she switched between English and French languages.

“I’ve been speaking French all week so I have to remember to talk in English again,” explained Irena, adding that she’d been showing French visitors our beautiful country and rushed to reach Janet’s Art in time for the store’s first ever book signing.

“Do you speak German?” Lotte asked.

The two published authors struck an instant bond, conversing in German as they talked about Irena’s new novel, Snake in the Grass.

An eclectic mix of conspiracy, action, romance, thriller and terror are all words used by the author to describe her latest work of crime fiction.

Irena writes from experience – she is a former professional shooter/hunter, renowned model (finalist in Australia’s Face of the Future, RACQ Fashion Design Awards, Australian Wool Parades and more) and an award-winning artist and sculptor.

Trained in hand-to-hand combat and various weapons, Irena now works as an armed escort.

Snake in the Grass is available at Janet’s Art, Kent Street, Maryborough.



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