Fourteen-year-old Gunnedah ‘Gunnie’ Danson is despondent because he has an assignment on the drought. As a ‘Townie’ he knows nothing about the affects of this blight on the rural industry; but that is about to change. When he returns home from school he receives a surprise gift.
His late grandfather has left him a box containing a manuscript. It was written by Gunnie’s great-great-grandfather, Smokey ‘Gun’ Danson after his journey up the long paddock as a fourteen-year-old drover; during a harsh drought in 1910. At the back of the manuscript is an envelope. It’s NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story.
Gunnie spends the weekend at Wiralee Station; a cattle station that’s been in the family since 1848. There, he reads the awesome manuscript and learns of Smokey’s adventurous journey. But while he is at Wiralee, he learns more than he bargained for. The family cattle station is under threat. Will the contents of the mysterious envelope save it?
‘Highly Commended’ in the FAW Jim Hamilton Award – 2007 National Literary Awards.
Winner of two awards in the Australian National Literary Awards. A modern-historical fiction story about life as a drover in 1910
I have been a full time author, poet and photographer for 17 years
Mm ... All day every day. I am now busier than I was ten years ago. Every day I am conscious of utilising my time to achieve the best outcomes. Priorities are always on my mind. However, when I am writing a novel, it is 10 hours every day until finished. Usually, a 100,000 word novel will take me three months.
I have always had a great imagination, and I find it easy to write. I guess it's a gift.
Very little, but many emails from satisfied customers.
I wanted city kids to learn about the Australian bush, and how tough it was to live in a drought in 1910. Also, I wanted those same kids to realise that meat and milk do not come from a supermarket.
I write young adult fiction but,strangely, all of my books are enjoyed by folks from 8 to 80 years-of-age. I have had an extraordinary life, travelled the globe, lived in four countries, speak three languages and have seen many amazing things. Thus, I wanted to pass on my experiences in an entertaining way. However, I always have role models in my stories, and many young kids today do not have a good role model.
Very little. 98% came out of my head. I have a lot of knowledge about farming. I used to be one.
Massively. Never enough hours in the day.
Nothing! It was an adrenalin rush.
Producing the entire book, including the cover with my own photographs. Why not?
Not really. It has been an amazing journey.
Greatly. I have learnt so much about producing books, I could write a book about it.
I shoot from the hip. Have an idea and go! The story takes on its own journey.
Maybe. I'm very motivated but I will listen to any advice offered. If a group helps, join it.
I have excellent editors. You must find one that is compatible. Mine always ask sensible questions and I normally agree with them.
Sell your brand. It's a tough gig.
Yes, I have one already, and another on the go.
A story is a story. That's it. Do not pad out your stories. I have novels and novellas; some long and some short.
Network seriously and return the favour. Be nice!
Head to Thailand immediately.
Any by John Grisham or Lord Jeffrey Archer.
I've done five but none of them seem to sell books.
Another screenplay which will go to all movie houses.
If you don't have the passion, don't bother. This is a tough business. Network, work seriously, get organised, maintain your own voice at all times, don't take yourself too seriously and be humble.
Clancy Tucker is an award-winning author with three awards in the Australian National Literary Awards. He writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers, but has also achieved success as a poet and photographer. Clancy has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography accepted and published in books in the USA (Innocent Dreams, Endless Journeys & A Trip Down Memory Lane), used as covers for magazines (‘The Australian Writer’ – 2008 and ‘Victorian Writer’ - 2008), has work registered with the International Library of Photography and been published in literary magazines. He’s written more than 146 short stories and has a sizeable collection of bush poems.
Clancy’s won, been short-listed, ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in writing contests: 2006, 2007& 2011 Australian National Literary Awards, Raspberry & Vine (twice), Positive words, Australian Writers On-Line, Shaggy Sheep Tale, The Cancer Council Arts Awards (2005 & 2008), The Dusty Swag Awards (2010) and had twelve short stories published in literary magazines (Page Seventeen, Branching Out, Positive Words and The Australian Writer), newspapers (The Standard, Mountain Views & The Advocate), written articles for Kid Magazine in the USA, and won a poetry prize to name a life-size statue designed by renowned Belgian sculptor, Bruno Torfs.
Clancy is a full-time writer but has been a speechwriter, senior public servant, farmer and small business operator. He teaches students at the University of the Third Age (U3A), mentors emerging writers, has worked with street kids, and draws on life’s experiences to write entertaining stories for kids.
Clancy also writes a daily blog which includes top guests from around the world: human rights lawyers, authors, musicians, artists, illustrators, senior diplomats, young adults and many more: www.clancytucker.blogspot.com.au Check it out. He has also been a guest on dozens of blogs, writes a monthly editorial for a newspaper and contributes articles for literary magazines. Clancy has also been a contributing guest editor for the Australian Prostate Magazine.
Not only, Clancy has been a human rights activist and social justice campaigner for decades.