It’s not surprising that Judith writes in this genre. She’s an archaeologist and historian with a passion for bringing the past to life. She has worked as a high school teacher, an academic, a National Parks officer, a museum administrator and has excavated in Jordan, Cyprus and Greece as well as leading historical archaeology projects in Australia.
The Brisbane Line is her first work of fiction. Previously she has written school textbooks, academic publications, government reports and a biography of the first person to teach archaeology in Australia (Love’s Obsession. The lives and archaeology of Jim and Eve Stewart. Wakefield Press. 2013). In 2017 she was awarded a QANZAC Fellowship by the State Library of Queensland to pursue research into, and writing of, a series of crime novels set in Brisbane during World War II.
ABOUT THE BRISBANE LINE
Sergeant Joe Washington, a US Military Police, loves music and photography but spends his days delving into the sordid and petty crimes committed by the thousands of American troops passing through town.
While trying to find stolen gasoline stores, he is sent to investigate the body of an American soldier found dumped in a cemetery. Suddenly Joe is up against notorious detective Frank Bischof.
Although ordered to leave the investigation alone, Joe fears that Bischof is protecting the most likely suspect while trying to pin the crime on an innocent – and intriguing – young woman, Rose. A woman who seems to walk between the parallel worlds of black market deals and Brisbane’s high society.
Praise for J.P. Powell ‘Beautifully textured, thoughtful and satisfying.’ Emily Maguire
JUDITH’S TIPS ON WRITING
• Just sit and write
“Crime fiction is brilliant at portraying place (think Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh, Peter Carey’s Sydney or Donna Leon’s Venice) and historical period (think Lindsay Davis’s ancient Rome, Sulari Gentil’s 1930s Sydney). I love research and will happily pore over old newspapers and documents for hours. This research helps create an authentic atmosphere, but atmosphere is not story.
One of the lessons I had to learn was how to craft a story from all my research. As a member of the Queensland Writers Centre I attended numerous writing workshops and you always learn something. One of the most important things you learn is that you’re not alone. You’re seldom the worst writer in the group and seldom the best. You need to develop a degree of courage and confidence, but ego can be the enemy if it stops you from learning from others. ”
Judith’s inspiration for ’The Brisbane Line’ came from a lifelong love of crime fiction, a fascination with life in wartime Brisbane AND the discovery of a series of crime files kept by an American Military Policeman based in Brisbane during World War Two. How could she not write this?
You can find Judith online at https://jppowellauthor.wixsite.com/website
WHERE TO BUY THE BRISBANE LINE
In Qld at AVID Reader – https://avidreader.com.au/products/the-brisbane-line
Happy Book Day Judith and congratulations on the release of The Brisbane Line.
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