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Calling Rural Women – Do you have a special love story that you would like to share and have published?


Author Jo Jackson King is looking for people who are keen to influence how remote Australia is viewed and people comfortable with sharing something very personal: their own love story.   So I’m going to be talking to the nun who fell in love with the Catholic station boy - the younger bad boy artist who couldn’t resist the town’s straight-shooting good girl - the Texan girl who fell in love with the Aussie boy in her last night in Australia - the governess who fell for the world’s most unusual shearer (suit and tie to work!)…but I need at least ten more stories, and they need to come from all around Australia.  


The people who appear in my books (there have only been two books, but they are full of other people’s stories) are always given the power of veto: people need to be happy with how they are presented, how their passions and enterprises and dreams are conveyed.  I would be hoping to establish a bond over the phone and then come and visit.  Writing place is something I do well, and I want to show the reader how love, people and place interact and transform and I think I need to visit to do that.  (I will not stay long as I have children to teach at home!)


I am keen to do this book because I’m a station girl too, and I believe it is through story that people best connect with our lives and see how our concerns relate to them too.   So, it will look and read delightfully, like a book of love stories should, but it will also leave the reader far more educated about the bush and the people who live there.  


The book is for a major publisher and they’ve given me a very solid advance which speaks to how confident they are about selling it.  I would love to hear from anyone with a love story to share, past or present, or even someone who thinks they know someone who may know someone…  


My email is and I also welcome texts to 0439 884 305 requesting that I call.

Jo Jackson King

Austin Downs Station

Western Australia

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