This week Cheryl is joined by Shirley Patton to discuss her debut novel The Secrets We Keep – a book about dark pasts, family betrayal, and political corruption. Together they talk about Shirley’s history of academic writing, the events that inspired her to turn to fiction writing, and the reflective and healing powers of fiction.
Podcast guest: Shirley Patton
Dr Shirley Patton grew up in outback Western Australia and now lives with her partner and a miniature schnauzer, in wine-growing country overlooking the beautiful Tamar River, Northern Tasmania. She left an academic career as a published researcher of family violence and a lecturer to write fiction full time. Since then, she has published several short stories in a variety of literary publications. Prior to practising social work, Shirley worked in the media as a television newsreader and television chat show host.