Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has thirty years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, including forensic work. She is the author of three psychological thrillers, Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know, and This I Would Kill For, with tart noir heroine, psychiatrist Natalie King, and a new stand alone rural thriller, The Long Shadow. She has been married to Graeme Simsion for thirty years and they have two children, and a joint romantic comedy-feel-good mid-age novel, Two Steps Forward, and a sequel in progress, Two Steps Onwards.
ABOUT THE LONG SHADOW
Old Sins Cast Long Shadows…sometimes you have to deal with the past before you can face the future
Issy Harris has never heard of Riley, a town on the edge of the outback, much less want to end up there. But her husband Dean is the Red Adair of hospital stuff ups, and Riley is where they and their two year old son need to go. A psychologist, at least she gets a job running the mother-baby postnatal group to keep her occupied.
From the first group, Issy knows something is wrong. Badly wrong. Pulled into the politics of a company town where a culture of corruption is putting the viability of the hospital at risk, Issy is forced to make sense of a threats made against her and her son if she is to protect him. Nursing her own secret and struggling to keep her marriage together, Issy is pitted against the local union boss, the politician patriarch and his family as she tries to work out how they are tied into a twenty five year old tragedy – the kidnapping and murder of the older brother of one of the women in her group. A desperate race against time and the unpredictable elements of nature results in a breathtaking climax where Issy is forced to choose what it is that she really values.
A story about mothers, attachment and the things that get in the way of being the parent you want to be.
For six years I ran an attachment therapy group. Clinically it was probably the most exhilarating time of my career as a psychiatrist; it felt a little like psychotherapy on speed. Women really wanted to let go of the ties that were keeping them stuck—and the lightbulb moments got them there. I wanted to use some of this experience and the work I have done over the last thirty years to highlight the tensions and anxieties becoming a mother can elicit—and use it to drive a pacey page turner with twists and turns.
ANNE’S WRITING TIPS
- Plan; my husband and I always plot our books together
- Researched the geography—drove up through central NSW and stayed around Dubbo and Nyngan
- Worked and reworked the characters
- Had two Indigenous women read and give feedback on my most challenging (Indigenous) character (and one of them made me watch Rugby!)
- Rewrote—took out 16,000 words
WHERE TO FIND ANNE ONLINE
Website blog https://www.annebuist.com/blog/
WHERE TO BUY THE LONG SHADOW
Congratulations Anne on the release of The Long Shadow.