SAYONARA is a unique Crime Faction novel, based on a gripping true story.
Our Japanese student, Yumi vanished from the streets of Brisbane without a trace.
I fictionalized events, adding extra dramatic characters and suspects. Names and places were changed to protect the innocent and 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?
“Yumi vanishes … Josie the pacifist aggressively searches for her.”
SAYONARA ‘s protangonist is Josie, a psychology student with a pacifist heart who promises to find Yumi. She aggressively searches for her throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
I won a RADF grant to develop this novel with the Year of the Edit course at Queensland Writers Centre, tutored by Kim Wilkins.
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 extraordinaire provided SAYONARA with critique, polish and review.
‘SAYONARA is interesting in that it’s “faction”. Yumi is an interesting character in that she is sweet, loving and (as stated) quite passive … story kept me guessing. SAYONARA … brings Brisbane to life.’ … Sally Odgers
My aim is to deliver a heart-felt story with the most intriguing plot line imaginable for the Reader .