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Fleur McDonald

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Fleur McDonald's writes best selling books based on experiences of overcoming adversity in farming

Life on the Land

Our guest on Life on the Land this week is prolific rural fiction writer from Western Australian Fleur McDonald. In the last 12 years she’s written 18 books, the latest ‘Something to Hide’ is out this week. Long before Fleur was a writer, she was chasing the dream to be a farmer, hassling the patriarchy at every opportunity so she could build her skills and one-day own her own piece of land.She realised this dream when she moved to Esperance in Western Australia but her story gradually became complex and difficult, even her writing had to be done in secret sometimes.Fleur’s own tale is of a lifelong love of the land peppered with challenges; isolation, anxiety, divorce, disability and many disappointments.Thank you to our Series Sponsor - Blundstone Australia.Graziher's Autumn Edition is on sale now at your local stockist and for a limited time in selected Coles Stores. This issue is jam-packed with goodness so don't miss it.


28 Mar 2021

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The girl from Orroroo — Fleur McDonald


Fleur grew up in a fuel depot in a tiny South Australian town. As a girl she would ride along in road trains with her Dad, singing songs and eating steak sandwiches. She became a jillaroo, a farmer, then an advocate for women in the bush escaping domestic violence


26 Nov 2020

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W4W BOOK LAUNCH - Fleur McDonald "Red Dirt Country"


Best selling, rural crime author, Fleur McDonald launches "Red Dirty Country."Returning to Perth after a near-fatal undercover case in outback Queensland, Dave Burrows, now a Detective Senior Constable in the stock squad, receives an ultimatum from his deeply unhappy wife, Melinda.Before Dave and Mel’s problems can be resolved, Dave is sent to the far north of Australia on a stock theft investigation. He finds two cattle stations deep in a complex underbelly of racial divide, family secrets, long-repeated lies, kidnapping and murder.Facing one of the biggest challenges of his policing life and the heartbreaking prospect of losing his family, Dave can’t imagine things getting worse. But there’s a hidden danger, intent on revenge, coming right for him.“A rural novel of courage, family and survival … McDonald weaves the varying threads together strongly.” AUSSIE REVIEWSSHOW NOTES: Writes4Womenwww.writes4women.comFacebook @writes4womenTwitter / Instagram @w4wpodcastW4W Patreonhttps://www.writes4women.com/support-us-on-patreonFleur McDonald "Red Dirt Country" https://www.fleurmcdonald.com/red-dirt-country/Facebook @FleurMcDonaldAuthorInstagram: @fleurmcdonaldTwitter: @fleurmcdonaldPamela Cookwww.pamelacook.com.auFacebook @pamelacookauthorTwitter @PamelaCookAUListen Up Podcasting (Kel Butler)www.listenuppodcasting.com.auFacebook @kelbutler / @listenuppodcastingTwitter @KelBSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/writes4women?fan_landing=trueSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


19 Apr 2020

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Fleur McDonald's Starting From Now

Final Draft - Great Conversations

Great Conversations features interviews with authors and writers, exploring books, writing and literary culture from Australia and the world.Today's episode features Fleur McDonald discussing her new outback thriller Starting From Now.Zara Ellison is a reporter with the Farming Telegraph, just finishing up a big story of a protest gone wrong resulting in a man’s death, when she gets the call from home. Her brother’s cancer has progressed and he has maybe a few months left. Packing up her Adelaide apartment, Zara returns to Barker, a town that has always felt too small and a life that she left as a teenager off to boarding school with dreams of the world.


3 Jan 2020

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Fleur McDonald: breaking the silence

Good Chat

How do you turn a negative into a positive? Fleur McDonald is a bestselling Australian author who’s using money she makes from writing to help people affected by domestic abuse, like her. GOOD CHAT SHOW NOTES: https://matttinney.com JOIN THE GOOD CHATTERS FACEBOOK GROUP: https://facebook.com/groups/goodchatpodcast


21 Jan 2019

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Uncensored Money: With Fleur McDonald

Uncensored Money

In this episode of Uncensored Money I chat all things money with Fleur McDonald - a farmer, former jillaroo, best-selling rural literature author, mother of two and domestic violence activist. She is the founder of Breaking the Silence, an online directory of local services relevant to domestic and family violence that has been tailored to rural communities and her books become best-sellers almost as quickly as they hit the shelves. (She's sold 500,000 copies as of October 18) We talk about money stories in rural communities, domestic violence, living through droughts, writing and how she was able to get published, how she invests now and so much more. You can find out more about Fleur and her writing here https://fleurmcdonald.com/ You can find out more about Breaking the Silence here https://www.breakingthesilence.com.au/ And you can read her ABC story on the drought that I reference in our chat here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-13/mcdonald-the-human-cost-of-drought-cant-be-counted/5257574 Don't forget to subscribe! If you suspect your money story could be improved and you want to start uncensoring money, make sure you pick up a copy of my book Un(CENSORED) your Finances here


25 Oct 2018

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Fleur McDonald: "I wouldn’t say that writing ever gets any easier."

The Booktopia Podcast

With over 500,000 books sold, Fleur McDonald is a an author at the forefront of rural fiction. Sarah and John chat with Fleur about her new novel Where the River Runs, how writing has changed for her over the years, where her ideas come from, and how she handles writing two books a year while balancing everything else.Books mentioned in this podcast:Where the River Runs by Fleur McDonald —> https://bit.ly/2QQLXeOHosts: Sarah McDuling and John PurcellGuest: Fleur McDonald


16 Oct 2018

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#43 Fleur McDonald – Authoring your own success

Bryn Edwards at The WA Real

Enjoy a rare insight into the world of a successful author with Fleur McDonald. Fleur shares her journey to becoming published as well as the day to day life of an author that has written 12 books. Fleur talks about how she wishes to share life from rural Australia to the wider world and the issues that go with that. She also talked about her personal journey with domestic abuse and how that has led to her creating the not for profit organisation Breaking the Silence website that collates essential victim support service contact details, individually tailored to each shire across WA. Again, the impact of not talking and sharing and remaining in silence occurs in this wonderful conversation. For more about Fleur: Wesbite - https://fleurmcdonald.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FleurMcDonaldAuthor/


27 May 2018

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Best of 2017 - Fleur McDonald

Regional Voices

During January Regional Voices is featuring four great stories we covered in 2017. In November we spoke to Fleur McDonald, one of Australia’s best known authors and particularly well loved by readers in rural and regional Australia who enjoy the authentic regional settings of her stories.  Fleur told Kendi Burness-Cowan her fascinating tale of shadowing the Queensland Police Major & Organised Crime Squad (Rural).   In the country, we tend to think we’re relatively safe from crime, but as Fleur found, this isn’t always the case.   In this great interview she talks everything from stock theft to laser beams to cyber crime – and her plans for her beloved character Detective Dave Burrows.


16 Jan 2018

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Ep. #77 - Interview with Australian author Fleur McDonald

Professional Book Nerds

It's the last week of 2016 and for this final Monday of the year, Adam and Jill are back with another author interview! This time they spoke with Fleur McDonald, an Australian author known for her rural fiction.  If the holidays gifted you with a new eReader, iPad, tablet, etc., be sure to check out your public library's OverDrive.com site to see what eBooks and audiobooks you can get through them!  Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com  Music "Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com  Podcast Overview We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


26 Dec 2016