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NMIT writing lecturer to release first novel

09 Jul 2012

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) writing and publishing lecturer Amy Espeseth will launch her first novel, Sufficient Grace, on Thursday 20 September 2012.

The book, published by Scribe, has had a long genesis. “The idea started as a very short story I wrote in the late 1990s while studying for a BA in English Literature,” Amy says. “The characters reoccurred in the manuscript I submitted in 2005 for my Creative Writing MA at the University of Melbourne. Then in 2009, the extended manuscript won the Unpublished Manuscript award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. The process to publication has taken well over 10 years.”

Sufficient Grace follows two girls, Ruth and her cousin Naomi, who live in rural Failing, Wisconsin, as part of an isolated religious community. While their families perceive constant danger in the outside world, they are blind to the destruction and devastation within their own circle. Struggling with a horrifying secret, Ruth escapes her own disturbing reality by taking refuge in the beauty of the natural world.

Amy was born in rural Wisconsin and immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Her fiction has appeared in various journals including Wet Ink, antiTHESIS and The Death Mook. A writing teacher since 2004, she joined NMIT's Fairfield Campus in April of 2011, taking classes including Editing and Publishing Project. It's a job she says she loves.

“Students reignite my passion for writing; I see the impact books have on them and I want to be able to make that kind of impact too. Teaching has always been my goal. It's not something I see as taking away from writing time; it's an important part of my life.”

Amy says she is excited at the prospect of teaching Writing Professional Practice to third year students looking to publish their own projects. “It's a privilege to be working with emerging writers as they begin their careers. I'm proof that they can be published. If I can do it, they can do it too.”

Amy's second novel, Trouble Telling the Weather, won the 2012 CAL Scribe Prize and will be published by Scribe in 2013. “I'm looking forward to finishing that book off and perhaps getting the opportunity to attend some writers' festivals with Sufficient Grace. It would be great to talk to more aspiring writers as well as inspiring writers.”

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