Writing from a woman’s point could prove difficult for most male authors, yet a house full of women certainly helped Michael Robotham.
And you can meet the multi-million copy bestseller author tomorrow night, July 19, at the Old Redemption Cellar at Peter Lehmann Wines from 6pm.
Robotham, who lives in Sydney, is here to launch his latest psychological thriller ‘The Secrets She Keeps’.
The novel explores the collision of two female lives which he describes as vastly different with just one thing in common – a dangerous secret.
For Robotham, the idea of capturing the essence of a woman made him feel “nervous” he said. However, living with his wife of 30 years and three daughters and “having a house where the toilet seat is always down” helped him, he laughed.
Prior to his author days, Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain.
He explained how he investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West and worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.
This background led to Robotham’s 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies around the globe.
Robotham explains how his works feature real people and places due to his earlier work as a journalist. He shared how his lawyer once encouraged him to change the finer details of a house before print because people were living in the house a death had taken place.
While he said research is a major part of his work, Robotham added his recent novel, which involves two pregnant women, led him to talking to expectant mums and visiting pregnancy sites online.
Apart from his renowned works, Robotham is also a ghost writer leaving his fingerprints on several autobiographies, including Spice Girl’s Geri Halliwell and 60s entertainer Lulu.
Success for Robotham has included being awarded the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 2015 with his standalone thriller Life Or Death.
You can learn more about the author thanks to Raven’s Parlour (bookstore) who host the special evening with Michael Robotham tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 19.
To learn more, phone Annette or Colleen on 8563 8440 or 0403 432 719.
The book’s RRP is $33 and is also available for purchase from the bookstore at 66 Murray Street, Tanunda.
Your chance to win
In addition, the Barossa Herald in conjunction with Hachette Australia is giving the public the chance to win one of two copies of Michael Robotham’s ‘The Secrets She Keeps’.
To enter, simply send your name and daytime telephone number to email@example.com by Friday, July 21.
The lucky winner must collect their prize from the Barossa Herald office at Shop 1/119 Murray Street, Tanunda.