A former Griffith resident has been hard at work on her new book, 'Sandalwood,' exploring themes of trauma, love and grief in a coming-of-age story about a woman in her mid-thirties.
'Sandalwood' is the story of Giuliana Cilauro, returning to Sydney after nine years away to try and get a fresh start. She finds that the environment, people and scents of the city bring her back to a past filled with guilt and grief.
Rebecca Campbell is the author of this tale, and described it as a 20-year venture.
"It's a coming of age, but for a woman in her mid-thirties who's had a traumatic past and never really faced that grief. She's almost forced to confront that trauma to move on and find happiness ... I've been toying with the idea for about 20 years and in the last twelve months, I sat down and started rewriting it," she said.
"It took a bit of a turn, I developed the plot a bit more tightly and then decided to self-publish."
Mrs Campbell was keen on including her own Griffith heritage in the book, and said there was a lot to be proud of.
"I grew up in Griffith so Griffith definitely features in it. My main character is from there and there's that Italian connection. I was keen to represent Griffith in a way that I feel proud of ... there is a lot to love about it."
While the advertising campaign for the book hasn't quite started in earnest yet, she's been busy promoting it through social media and putting the finishing touches on the story.
"This last month has been a very interesting time in doing the marketing, and constantly promoting. It's quite exhausting, I had no idea it would be so intense," Mrs Cambell said.
Sandalwood is out now through specific bookstores and Rebecca Campbell's website cleverhelpfulbitter.com, as well as being available on Amazon and through the Kindle unlimited program.
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