Orange-based author Kelly Rimmer describes her latest book, The Things We Cannot Say, as the story her career has led to.
Her sixth published book, Ms Rimmer said the process from start to finish usually takes her about a year, but this one was different.
"I've been planning this book for 10 years," she. "It felt like a really important story to tell - I'm really glad I got the chance to tell it."
It felt like a really important story to tellKelly Rimmer
The fictional story follows Alice as she flies to Poland to fulfil the wish of her dying grandmother. Through her travels, she discovers her family's painful history.
Ms Rimmer took a trip to Poland with her 73 year old aunt to research the book.
She said prior to her departure she had formed the skeleton of the story in her head, which would involve two brothers who were separated by the Nazis to perform forced labour.
Ms Rimmer said it was "quite extraordinary" to find upon visiting the home of her grandmother, that she had experienced a similarly ruthless separation from her siblings.
She said learning what she did about her own family history added a "depth of emotions" to the writing process.
"To stand on the land which would've been her whole world before the war, I didn't really anticipate how emotional it would be," she said.
The Things We Cannot Say is available in bookstores now.
Ms Rimmer will give an author's talk at the Orange City Library on March 27 at 5:30pm.
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