Local author Emma Grey is set to visit Yass to promote her new romance novel, The Last Love Note, here in Yass at the Yass Soldiers Memorial Hall on the 4th of May, commencing at 6 pm and likely finishing at 7:30 pm. The event will be hosted by Yass Library. Yass Library coordinator, Erica Kearnes, who will be attending and providing support through the distribution of book copies, gave insight on what to expect from the night.

Commenting on why she was excited about the event, Keanres simply stated:

“I like to go to these just to put a face to the name I’m reading.”

Bookings for the event are available online through Eventbrite, however, despite the need for booking there will be no admission fee and it is free to enter.

Emma is a Googong resident, and the local aspect is not lost on Erica, who hopes the novelty and excitement of an author from our region will drum up some attention.

“We’re hoping people will come out to support a local author publishing their first book.”

With her novel The Last Love Note, Emma is now a first-time adult novelist, having previously been a young adult author for novels ‘Unrequited: Boy Band meets Girl’ and ‘Tilly Maguire and the Royal Wedding Mess’, before co-authoring the non-fiction piece ‘I Don’t Have Time’ with friend Audrey Thomas, and ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’.

As well as writing, Emma has found professions in photography and accountability coaching. Her love of writing started at the age of fourteen from the classic series Anne of Green Gables. Emma also co-wrote two musicals with school friend Sally Whitwell, Deadpan Anti-Fan and Fairytale Derail.

The subject of the event, ‘The Last Love Note’ which is Emma’s first adult fiction, was written as a tribute to her late husband, based on her relationship with him to honour his memory and as a means to work through the grief of her loss.

The event will likely include an audience with Emma Grey, in which discussions regarding her writing including its development, inspirations, and techniques, as well as discussions about her connection to the local area of regional NSW and Canberra. Autographs and Q&A’s are expected, with copies of her book The Last Love Note to be sold and signed at the event.

This isn’t the first time that an author has made a promotional appearance in Yass, nor the first that Erica has been a part of. Yass Library had previously hosted an appearance from Chris Hammer, featuring a similar Q&A and autograph session, taking place only last year on the 17th of November. More recent examples include an appearance from author Jack Heath, having taken place as close as the 26th of April of this year.

“I see it as a two-way street; visiting authors, it’s great not just for them promoting but for the community to meet them and just enjoying the night,” Erica said.

Griffin Palen

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