A former Griffith resident is in the running to win a Book of the Year award from the Children's Book Council or Australia.
Jeremy Hoare, also known by his pen name Jeremy Lachlan, is in the running to win an award in the books for older children category.
A strong advocate for active play for children, Mr Lachlan’s first novel Jane Doe And The Cradle Of All Worlds is an epic adventure novel for readers aged 11 years and over.
The book is intended to be the first installment in a four part series with Mr Lachlan aiming for the second book to come out at the beginning of next year.
He began writing the book in 2007 and since its publication in August last year the book has been circulated in 15 countries around the world.
The book is the first in a four-part series with Mr Lachlan expecting that his second installment will be coming out at the beginning of next year.
Being born in Griffith and studying at Griffith North Primary School Mr Lachlan is the son of Robyn Hoare and the late Cedric Hoare who was a former councillor, engineer and Murrumbidgee Irrigation CEO.
Stopping by his mum's house for a writer's retreat last month Mr Lachlan was quick to remember the book launch event given for him at Griffith City Library in August 2018 which saw 100 people attend.
"It was amazing to see that kind of hometown advantage, it's something that’s so brilliant about country towns that people show up to these things and throw their support behind their people," Mr Lachlan said.
"Griffith has always been home so we had some old family friends and primary school friends there and it was quite amazing seeing these kids who were there as well, some of them lived right near our house and were going to Griffith North and some of them had already read the book.
"There was one girl who dressed up as Jane Doe the main character for book week.
"It's the best gift as a writer to engage with fans, kids have this pure passion for the story,"Mr Lachlan said.
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