SAYONARA is author Karen Tyrrell‘s work in progress. Its a unique YA Crime Faction novel combining memoir and fiction. Its based on a gripping true story by an award winning author.
TRUE: Our Japanese exchange student, Yumi vanished from the streets of Brisbane without a trace.
FICTION: I fictionalized events, adding extra dramatic characters and suspects. Names and places were changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.
But some scenes and chapters read as true memoir.
The climax and ending of SAYONARA is true to what really happened to Yumi.
Can you differentiate between Fact and Fiction chapters?
‘Yumi vanishes. Josie the pacifist aggressively searches for her.’
I created protangonist Josie, a psychology student with a pacifist heart. She promises to find Yumi. She aggressively searches for her throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Also, I won a RADF grant to develop this novel with Year of the Edit course at Queensland Writers Centre. Kim Wilkins, an award winning author tutored me.
Inga Simpson of Olvar Wood writing retreat reviewed SAYONARA.
‘Great mystery. Interesting subplots and back story, strengthened by the authenticity of a real life experience. The Brisbane setting is a welcome change in Australian crime novels.’ — Inga Simpson
‘The story has great merit’ — Lindy Cameron, Clan Destine
Sally Odgers, prolific author and editor provided my crime faction with critique, polish and review.
‘SAYONARA is interesting because it’s “faction”. Yumi is an interesting character in that she is sweet, loving and (as stated) quite passive. Story kept me guessing. It brings Brisbane to life.’ — Sally Odgers
A heart-felt story with the Most intriguing plot imaginable.
What happened to Yumi?
Which chapters are TRUE?
Which chapters are FICTION?