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How often life imitates art for me. Back in 2015, I wrote the first draft of my MG novel Harriet and the Secret Librarian. It was released in 2018. The book begins with my protagonist, Harriet, resting at home after a foot injury. She is trying to manage on crutches and having difficulty, becoming completely frustrated. I sympathise totally with Harriet, who is largely based on me as an 11-year-old. Currently, I have a double ankle fracture, and am no good on crutches. Among other things, the storyline involves Harriet and her mum seeing a news report about a library in a fictional north NSW coastal town getting flooded and losing 80% of their books. Harriet loves a good cause, and is encouraged to donate books to the library. I have just been reading about Lismore library losing their books and looking for donations, which I would like to do when I can. Life definitely imitates art and never fails to amaze me.

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