A Letter from Fiona Palmer

Loretta’s Pen pals : Letter 9

Today in my letterbox, I have a wonderful message from fellow Western Australian, Fiona Palmer, who also happens to be a bestselling Rural Romance author. Her latest book The Outback Heart, is out now. It seems to have a bit of football theme. No complaints from me there. I love community-based stories not to mention good looking men running around in tight shorts. This one has a deeper message too about organ donation. It’s just the sort of book to get you thinking and smiling. So pick up a copy soon. In the meantime, have a squiz at my letter… Fiona shares some of her inspiration for the story…


Dear Loretta,


How are you going leading up to the silly season? I don’t know about you but I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas again.

It just seemed like yesterday I was watching the football on TV. Even now the footballers are back in training. Makes me feel a little lazy.


websiteMy latest book “The Outback Heart” centres on a local footy team. Which is strange for me because I hadn’t seen a live footy match until I was away in high school and they took us to an Eagles vs Collingwood game.  I hadn’t even seen a local game.  That’s because our town of Pingaring is so small we didn’t have a footy team when I was growing up, so the only footy I saw was on TV. Still, in our family, we are big Eagles supporters and always watched the game from the comfort of our lounge. 


But in the bigger towns around me football and sports in general are very important. It’s how we get to socialise. Pingaring doesn’t have any sports (besides golf) so I drive 60km to train and play with another town. During winter this is the only time I really get to see anyone so it becomes very important. Otherwise I could class myself as a hermit. :/  I really wanted to focus on how sports in small communities help promote talking and give a town spirit. If a team makes it to grand final day and the whole town is painted the team colours.


So that became an aspect of this book along side the organ donation message. Troy’s story was inspired by a local who’d undergone a heart transplant at fifteen. Read about it here. http://www.fionapalmer.com/inspiration-for-the-outback-heart/


I did love writing the football aspect of the book but you don’t have to be a footy fan to understand it.


If anyone is interested I am having a Christmas sale, prices have been dropped on most of my books. Each purchase also includes signed bookmarks and a free stubby holder until Christmas.   http://www.fionapalmer.com/buy-now/

I hope you all get what you wished for at Christmas and you have a wonderful time with loved ones. Stay safe.




@fiona_palmer – twitter


2 thoughts on “A Letter from Fiona Palmer

  1. First of all I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question
    that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.

    I’ve had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out
    there. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out
    how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Thank you!

    • Hi Eva,
      I have four kids and am a very busy mum during the day. Hence, I tend to write at night. Because of this, I have all day to think about the story. So by the time I actually put fingers to keyboard, I’m dying to get the words out, if you know what I mean. So I guess, what I’m saying is, give yourself that time to think. It’s as much a part of the process as the actual writing. Best of luck!

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