Winfreda independently e-published the first three books - Past Imperfect, Present Tense and Future Hope in The Long Shadows Series. The family saga traces the stories of young Freya Dunbar and Alexander Marcou played out in Australia, Scotland, Europe and Africa, against the legacies that World War II laid on both their families.
The fourth novel of the series - Future Hope, is still finding its way into being - for publication late 2015 or early 2016.
Now retired from the paid workforce, Winfreda’s focus is on writing and staying healthy for long enough to tap out the myriad stories itching to escape.
Winfreda’s inspiration for fiction writing comes from interweave of many kinds of experience – as the oldest of a large family – from a life on the move in Australia and the UK – from travels in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia – from working in many nursing roles – as a police wife in Northern Ireland – as a mother – as a small business owner – as a public servant at state and national levels.
Most of all Winfreda is interested in the rich and hidden stories of everyday people’s lives. She feels privileged that her experience provided remarkable opportunities to hear and observe them – happy stories, sad stories, people in danger, exhilarating tales, ambitious exploits, self-sabotage and workplace skulduggery.
Many of the memories in store emerged from quiet times when working as a nurse or reflexologist, often one-on-one, sometimes in groups or workshops, sometimes during reflection or meditation. Others exploded from a lived environment of tension, violence, or the increasing streams of news reports and documentaries of our times.
Winfreda’s writing explores the notion that an existing well-spring of love, courage, resilience and hope will someday be powerful enough to diminish the ills of suspicion, intolerance, misunderstanding, discrimination, aggression, violence, oppression and greed.
Along with writing short stories and completing the fourth novel of the Long Shadows Series, Winfreda is working on non-fiction she hopes to publish in 2015.
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In 1998, Freya travels to the rugged north-west of the Scotland, seeking emotional healing after a stressful volunteering mission in famine-affected southern Sudan. As her health and energy is restored she is guided into unexpected journeys by a prophecy that reveals family history and family secrets, and the story of betrayal that culminated in the loss of her first love.
Lost love, new love, and lingering secrets from World War II still affect Freya as she adjusts to marriage and her return to Australia following thirteen years in Scotland. After a spate of complicated family matters resolve, she embarks on a risky challenge as an aid volunteer during a period of extreme famine in Africa. Emotionally scarred she leaves on furlough to recover in Wester Ross.
A resourceful fourteen year-old, Freya Dunbar accepts responsibilities beyond the norm. Family is paramount. She has no regrets – she’d do anything for Mama, but she frets at being the odd-one-out in every part of her life. Always alert for clues about family mysteries she yearns for a sense of belonging until she meets soul-mate Alexander Marcou. Identity issues matter less then.
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