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Carmel McMurdo Audsley lives in Brisbane, Australia and, after a career as a Journalist and Editor, now spends all her writing time reviewing theatre productions and researching and writing historical fiction novels. "The research for a book is an ongoing process," Carmel said. "Details are very important when writing historical fiction."

Background Information

I am first generation Australian.  My father was born in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland and I have always had a fascination with all things Scottish.  I have visited Scotland twice (with my husband Iain who also had a Scottish father) and feel at home when I go there.  I started researching my family tree some years ago and the information I uncovered was worthy of three historical fiction novels.  I have used the family history, and all the tragedies that befell them, as the basis of the novels and imagined how the characters would have acted and reacted in certain situations.  It was a tough life on the land and in the miners' rows and life was especially hard for the women who had to bear and look after large families in difficult conditions. 

I have spent my working life as a Newspaper Journalist, Magazine Editor and Theatre Reviewer but am now enjoying researching and writing books.  I also regularly have skin cancers removed so, after a life spent in the sun and surf of Australia, I now have to stay indoors a lot - I'm really glad I'm a writer and not a pro surfer!

Birth Place
Brisbane,  Australia

I hold a Bachelor's degree majoring in Journalism, Literature and Philosophy

Additional Information

I have published a trilogy of novels based on my family history in Scotland. 'Ours, Yours and Mines' (1860-1913)details life in the miners' rows; 'Far Across The Sea' (1913-2012) picks up the story in Scotland and leads to Australia, and the latest novel 'Faeries, Farms and Folk' is a prequel which is set in Scotland from mid-1600s to mid-1800s at a time when witches were being burned at the stake and the Church of Scotland had a tight hold on the lives of its parishioners.

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Ours, Yours and Mines
If you are tracing your family tree in Scotland, or are simply interested in how people lived in another time, you will find information in these books to be very helpful.


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