Paula Xiberras

Corriedale sheep are very common in Tasmania, Jane Carter on the other hand tells me she has been much rarer in her visits here, however she does farm corriedales!

I was talking to Jane about her novel Prodigal Daughter when she pointed out another Tasmanian connection in addition to Corriedales.Her other connection to Tasmania relates to Jill Muir of famous fishery Muirs. Many years ago Jill was on the mainland cray fishing and met up with Jane, who was pregnant at the time. Jill allieviated Jane’s fears of all things birth and baby by showing her a puppy birth.

Now that child, and Jane’s other children have visited Tasmania and shared their tales of bush, national parks and mountains with Jane. Talking of family it was Jane’s journalist father that may have destined her to be an author.

Janes book ‘Prodigal Daughter’ is the story of Diana who left the family farm as a young women to pursue an artistic career. When her husband passes away she returns home and is welcomed as the prodigal daughter of the title much to her sister Rosie’s chagrin, especially because Rosie has supported her parents on the farm over the years in the hope that once they retire she and her husband will gain the farm.

The novel is about family dysfunctions that drive families apart but also family losses that bring them together. Diane and her children are missing their husband and father while the former losses of Diane’s sister Cody as a child and friend Patrick’s loss of his young daughter leaves feelings of guilt that need to be surmounted before characters can move on.

Another theme of the novel is something not commonly known. The history of women on the land, that women have contributed as the backbone to the land since 1788.

Jane has been infiltrated with requests to write a sequel to the novel, something she is not sure about but responds with the quote ‘the end is a beginning’ and for now the reader can continue the story as they wish.

Prodigal Daughter is out now published by Harlequin.