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Gina Wilkinson

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I'm a former foreign correspondent, radio journalist, and documentary maker for the BBC, NPR, the ABC, and other well-known public broadcasters, who decided to trade my flak jacket and reporter's notebook for an author's pen (or keyboard!).

I've been a nomad from the age of six-months, when my parents packed me and our Siamese cat into an old Renault and set off for a remote gold-mining town in Australia's Nullarbor desert. As an adult, I spent three decades living and working in some of the world's most intriguing, and dangerous, places. From Baghdad, to Bangkok, to New York. From Brazil to Canada to Sri Lanka. Recently I returned to Australia, to the wonderful city of Melbourne. When I'm not writing novels, I work in international developm
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Gina Wilkinson Hi Shirley! Thanks very much for your question. This is my first novel, but in 2007 I wrote 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sky' which was 100 pe…moreHi Shirley! Thanks very much for your question. This is my first novel, but in 2007 I wrote 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sky' which was 100 percent taken from my real life (it was published in my home country of Australia). In comparison, the plot of When the Apricots Bloom is fiction, but it's inspired by my experiences living in Baghdad under Saddam Hussein, and particularly my complicated relationship with a local woman who was an informant for the secret police. One thing I discovered as I moved from being a journalist to a novelist is that truth really is stranger than fiction. When under great stress, people can perform unexpected acts of bravery or make uncharacteristic mistakes that even they would never have thought possible. But in a novel, readers expect to understand every action a character makes, and the author has to lay clues beforehand. I actually had to edit out a few real life incidents from When the Apricots Bloom because I was pretty sure readers would find them unbelievable! All the best! Gina(less)
Gina Wilkinson This story is inspired by my own experiences living in Baghdad under Saddam Hussein. At the time, my closest Iraqi friend was working as an informant …moreThis story is inspired by my own experiences living in Baghdad under Saddam Hussein. At the time, my closest Iraqi friend was working as an informant for the mukhabarat secret police and reporting on my every move. I don't hold it against her - after all, very few people could say no to the secret police. But I always wondered, was it just a job for her, or were we friends, in our own strange way? That was the starting point, and it evolved from there. The plot is fiction, but many of the incidents that occur come from real life. (less)
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