Australian born Neill Bartlett is a writer and photographer living in America. Originally a self-published children’s author, Sisters Of Mercy is Neill’s first novel. Inspired by his own adoption and curiosity to the plight of the “real working class”, Neill combined two years of researching the two ideas and Sisters Of Mercy was born.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Simply, to see the connection you make with your reader. When they get totally inspired by the story you tell. The greatest compliment I have received is when I'm told that when they read my book, it's like they can see it in their head while reading it - just like a movie screen on their forehead!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia and that right there is enough to influence anyone to become a writer. From my mid teens, photography was my greatest expression and I often found it interesting that you could take a photograph which inspired so many emotions without a single word. But as the years went on, I found that I wanted to add words to the images I captured. Most of my photography was travel related, capturing the beauty and uniqueness of Australia, so I decided to combine another passion of mine, collecting teddy bears with my photography and created a series of photographs on location, often in the rugged outback and my writing career was born, as a childrens's author.
A journey that takes place across the desert terrain of Outback Australia and the harsh inner city streets of Sydney, through the eyes and lives of four women who are cast into the product of their conception. In a turn of events, what one twist of fate could bring each of these women to the same point? Find out what happens when two of society's biggest stigmas, prostitution and adoption collide!