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Guest blogger: Alissa Callen

19 January 2020

Inspiration behind The Boundary Fence

People often ask me where I get my story ideas from. Luckily I write rural, as inspiration is literally all around me. I live on a small farm in the beautiful central west of NSW where we run cattle and grow winter oats.

As unlikely as it sounds, it was a trip to my local grocery story that triggered the idea for The Boundary Fence. Usually in the car park there will be the regular dusty utes, sometimes an empty cattle truck and, thanks to the drought, plenty of hay bales. But this visit there was a truck with the name of a bison farm on the side. Curious I googled and discovered a bison farm existed on the other side of town.

Dubbo is also home to the fabulous Western Plains Zoo and the North American thunder beasts have always interested me. Essential on any bison farm are strong and high fences and this led to the concept of a physical boundary fence in my story as well as a metaphorical one between two neighbours.

This final book in my Woodlea series was always going to be about patient Ella. Saul just appeared and thankfully turned out to be the perfect man to bring Ella peace. In return, Ella is the only one who can help Saul deal with his demons.

Unfortunately this book was also always going to be about dust. I write what I know and with this drought dust has become ingrained into our lives. No surprises there will be a dust storm in The Boundary Fence as a sky-high wall of red dust travelling eastwards has become a too-regular sight.

I hope you enjoy Ella and Saul’s story and their happily-ever-after. I will be sad to leave Woodlea, my small town of windmills and yarn bombing, but my new town is called Bundilla and is a high country book town. There will be plenty of rain and snow and very little dust.

I am still wrangling my street artist hero, who comes to town to paint a mural on the water tower, and my peony flower farmer heroine. But once Heath and Clancy get the second chance they each thought was out of reach, their story will be available in January 2021.

Happy reading and wishing everyone a wonderful New Year, full of laughter, joy and books.

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The Boundary Fence

Healing doesn’t just take time, it takes courage …

The scars country vet Ella Quinlivan hides are not solely on the outside. Men are off limits. She fills her world with her friends, work and the colourful community of small town Woodlea. She also becomes custodian of a sandstone cottage of an elderly friend whose teenage daughter went missing two decades ago.

With a broken marriage behind him, Saul Armstrong is determined to recapture his dreams by bringing American bison to the Australian bush. He intends to stick to his side of the high wire fence that divides his farm from his distracting new neighbour, Ella.

When Saul calls out Ella for a bison emergency she isn’t just thrown out of her comfort zone by dealing with an unfamiliar animal. Slow-smiling and guarded Saul stirs emotions she’d long ago discarded.

As the summer heat parches the landscape and dust obscures the sun, hidden secrets come to light. Not only will Ella and Saul be tested, the connection forged between them will be threatened. Will love be enough to guarantee their freedom or will fear continue to dictate the direction of their lives?

The Boundary Fence is available now from HarperCollins.

  1. allisonbutler permalink
    20 January 2020 10:02 am

    Happy Release Day, Alissa!!! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration for The Boundary Fence. I hope you and yours are all safe and well after yesterday’s unbelievable dust storm. Hugs and best wishes,
    Allison xx

    • Alissa Callen permalink
      20 January 2020 10:04 am

      Thanks so much Allison Butler – clear blue skies here today after yesterdays storm.

      Alissa xx

  2. Barbara permalink
    19 January 2020 8:15 pm

    I am looking forward to reading this book …I have read all the others

    • Alissa Callen permalink
      19 January 2020 8:41 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks so much for reading my other Woodlea books:) Hope you enjoy Ella and Saul’s story.

      Alissa xx

  3. 19 January 2020 1:24 pm

    Hi Alissa

    I just finished The Boundary Fence this morning and loved it, it is always great hearing how you get your ideas and I have loved spending time in Woodlea I will miss it and I had hoped Taylor would get her story.

    I do look forward to the new town

    have Fun


    • Alissa Callen permalink
      19 January 2020 1:34 pm

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks so much for reading Ella and Saul’s story 🙂 I haven’t forgotten about Taylor and one day she will have her own story too.

      Alissa xx

  4. Alissa Callen permalink
    19 January 2020 9:56 am

    Thanks so much for having me over ARRA xx

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