Work In Progress Blog Tour Stop

On March 7th Sherri Matthews from A view from My Summerhouse tagged me for this WIP Blog tour Stop. I am honoured to be chosen as Sherri is a talented memoirist who is writing her as yet unnamed memoir, writing articles for magazines and has a great blog where discussion is lively. Her memoir blurb can be found here. I am looking forward to reading it when it is hot off the press.

Thank you again Sherri for tagging me and for the support, conversations and virtual walks we do as we journey through the writing of our memoirs. Wishing you productive writing as you get close to finishing.

The work-in-progress blog tour rules:

  1.  Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
  2.  Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work-in-progress.
  3.  Nominate some other writers to do the same.
© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

I have two WIPs currently in progress. The first is my memoir Nightmare in Paradise  which recounts our time in Vanuatu, as newly weds, entering a partnership with a big chief on the remote island of Tanna running a small resort and tour business.

Tanna retained its traditional lifestyle and that, along with an active volcano and cargo cult attracted people worldwide. The eagerly anticipated romance associated with a simple tropical life was soon dispelled as our time was spent as the interface between sophisticated guests and the witchdoctors, chiefs and harsh realities of isolated island life.

This true story follows our life on the island and the troubles that build up, culminating with Roger’s kidnap, ensuing court cases and a series of deaths. It is a dramatic, yet often humorous tale, which gives an insight into the realities of the Pacific dream.

This memoir just needs some minor editing before it is ready for publishing. With deadlines for my other work I’m afraid I have let this sit but hope to finish it very soon.

Chapter 1 Roger had aged.

Chapter 2 It was 1992.

Chapter 3  We landed in Port Vila amidst a flurry of excitement and anticipation.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The other WIP I have on the hop is a sequel to this first memoir titled After the Nightmare. This follows our life on returning from Vanuatu to Australia. Traumatised by our experiences we opt to move to the country and purchase a farm, intending to run it as a bed and breakfast. Luckily a local landowner adopts them and teaches us about primary production and life in the country creating numerous amusing anecdotes. But Roger was deeply affected by Vanuatu, suffering personality changes consistent with post traumatic stress disorder and I struggled to deal with the isolation and desire for children.

A turning point came when I took a job, opening a community haemodialysis unit and being alone on the farm became too much for Roger. He found a business to purchase ‘The Barrington general store’ and the farm was sold. At the store we worked longer and harder hours than in Vanuatu and changing government legislation and the introduction of the GST put us under great stress.

The completed narrative will deal with tree change themes, returning to a country which used to be home and finding that memories are unreliable, dealing with an undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder, loneliness, issues surrounding illness in rural Australia, difficulties running a small business and the positives of living in the beauty of the Australian countryside. Our enduring personal relationship will be a thread throughout the narrative.

Chapter 1 The noises of the city disoriented us.

Chapter 2  With nothing to do whilst we waited for settlement to occur on the house at Bucca Wauka, we decided to occupy our time by doing the legal work required for our own property conveyance.

Chapter 3  Once the steers had gone it was time to get to know the land we had purchased.

This memoir is also completed but has I have yet to complete a first edit on it.

I would like to tag for this WIP Blog Tour Stop four writers/authors who write in different genres to myself.  For those I have nominated feel free to join in if you have the time, if you don’t that’s okay too.

Ruchira  who blogs on Abracabadra. Ruchira has published a book “Choices” which is a peep into everyone’s daily life. She also has published a children’s book The Mystery of the Missing Iguana.

Luccia Gray who blogs at Rereading Jane Eyre. She loves Victorian England and has pulished the first in a trilogy of Eyre Hall and is currently writing the second volume.

Tallypendragon who blogs at Tallys Magic Tales who writes historical Fantasy fiction with a lot of romance and mystery thriller in the mix.

Noelle Granger who has just published her second book in the Rhe Brewster series and will have a new crime for Rhe to solve underway. She blogs at SaylingAway

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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24 Responses to Work In Progress Blog Tour Stop

  1. I would really like to read your books, when they get published Irene 🙂

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  2. It sounds like you have really led a very adventurous life, Irene. Good luck with publishing your memoirs. I’m sure they will make fascinating reading. Sylvia

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  3. Can’t wait to read your life Irene.

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  4. It looks an interesting read, can’t wait either.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Really interesting, Irene and I can’t wait for the books to be DONE so I can read them! Thanks for the nomination to the blog hop. Might take just a bit to get to it, since the A-Z challenge is coming up. but stay tuned!

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    • That’s okay Noelle. If you don’t have time it is no problem. I noticed you were doing the A-Z which made me realise it is a year since I met you. Our anniversary. I apologise for not being around much lately but I’m pretty sure you understand. I’m not doing the A-Z this year though I wish I had the time. I know you are going to do something to do with your book which is a great idea to get it out there. Cheers Irene


  6. Charli Mills says:

    I didn’t realize that you had a second WIP. I’m already biting at the bit to read the first one! What an adventurous life you and Roger have had. Great blog hop, authors and books!

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  7. Paula says:

    Good luck with publishing your books Irene. I am sure they will attract a lot of readers. 🙂

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  8. Sherri says:

    Thank you so much for taking part in this WIP blog hop Irene, and for the lovely intro. I am so glad that we get to walk this writing journey together 🙂 Also for introducing us to your nominees, looking forward to checking them out further. It’s fascinating to read even more glimpses into both your books here, and the more I read the more I realise just how much you and Roger have been through. What adventures! But what battles and scares and trauma too 😦 I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it…I can’t wait to read both your books my friend…and I wish you the greatest of successes. Keep writing 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you Sherri for both the nomination and all the support you have given me since I think 2013. Writing can be an isolating activity and it certainly makes the journey easier when it is shared by a fellow writer.
      All this encouragement about my books makes me keen to get Nightmare in Paradise finished sooner rather than later. If I could feel as though I was a week ahead on my work I’d go back to it and finish but the other has a deadline which I have to make so I must keep on with it at the moment. It will be soon however. ❤ 🙂

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      • Sherri says:

        It has been a while Irene and I couldn’t be more grateful. Writing certainly can be isolating and I feel it quite badly at times. I always remember your first visit to my blog and how much your words encouraged me. Keep writing my friend, and I think we need to take that walk very soon…meanwhile, I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂 ❤ 🙂

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  9. Great choices for “tags”. I am so looking forward to your memoir. Keep us posted!

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