Remains to be Seen

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Short story, 12 pages approx. Undercover narcotics agents Michael O'Neill and Baby Johnson, still suffering PTSD from the Vietnam War, quit the Australian Bureau of Narcotics and move to the far north coast of New South Wales. Johnson hopes to renew his relationship with Star. O'Neill thinks settling down with long-time girlfriend Azure might be the solution - but that remains to be seen. More
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About Danielle de Valera

Until now, Danielle de Valera's been best known for her short stories, which have appeared in such diverse magazines as Penthouse, Aurealis and the Australian Women’s Weekly.
All in all, she's had a chequered career. She’s worked as a botanist, an editor, a cataloguer for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries Library and the John Oxley Library, and on the main floor of Arnott’s biscuit factory.
The manuscript of her 1st ever novel (then titled Love the People!) was placed 2nd to published author Hugh Atkinson's in the Australia-wide Xavier Society Literary Award for an unpublished novel - in those days, there was no Vogel Award for Unpublished Writers under 35. After that, she abandoned writing for 25 years to raise her children, whom she raised alone.
She resumed writing in 1990, somewhat behind the eight-ball. With Louise Forster she won the Australia-New Zealand-wide Emma Darcy Award for Romance Manuscript of the Year 2000 with Found: One Lover.
That first novel, Love the People! was shortlisted for the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2011, and for the UK’s Impress Prize in 2012, under the title A Few Brief Seasons. It's due out here in October 2021 under its final title Those Brisbane Romantics.
A freelance manuscript assessor and fiction editor since 1992, she has won numerous awards for her gritty, streetwise short stories. MagnifiCat, a departure from this style, is her first published novel. It was followed in 2017 by Dropping Out: a tree-change novel in stories - to put it another way, a collection of linked short stories.
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About that Name

Danielle de Valera’s father claimed he was related to the controversial Irish politician Eamon de Valera on his mother’s side. But he told some tall tales in his time, and this is sure to be one of them. Born Danielle Ellis, she found that this name was replicated many times on the web. In searching for another under which to write, she first tried her mother's maiden name, Doyle, but there were a number of those, too. What to do? Then she remembered her father’s story and chose it as her writing name. But she feels any real connection is unlikely.

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Reviews of Remains to be Seen by Danielle de Valera

Andrew G. Bennett reviewed on Jan. 2, 2015

Great story! Of the stories I have read so far by this author this is my favourite. It held my attention the whole way through. The parallel tale with the main protagonist fighting in Vietnam is a great touch.
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Rita de Heer reviewed on Aug. 7, 2014

Remains to be Seen is a well realized slice-of-life story of the hippie times in the 1970/80's in Mullumbimby, Byron Shire, Northern Rivers of NSW. Any long time resident knows people who started here like that, if they don't themselves have an intimate knowledge of full moon dances at Kohinoor, the bath on top of the hill at Cooper's Lane and the sunshine cafe above Mitre 10. Those were the days of living in the dunes, in the old milking sheds, in the banana packing sheds, caravans and old cars. Everybody drank. Everybody smoked.

Remains to be Seen is full of the vignettes that make up life at the bottom of the ladder, as well as the heart-breaking flash-back adventure of the main character's tour fighting in Vietnam, which was the other great story of the time. The contrast is well developed, and yet shows realistically how the Vietnam experience segued into the hippies on the north coast experience.
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