Sweet Adversity ... into the heart of history

I didn't set out to write an historical novel, and according to strict obligatory requirements of the genre, I haven't. Sweet Adversity is an adventure set in the historical times of the Great Depression in Australia, with music and Shakespeare, and a coming-of-age thrown into the mix. It's the story of Adversity McAllister's search, against the odds in dangerous times, for what humans crave ... a sense of belonging and to be loved. I enjoyed writing Addie's character - like all the best heroines she's feisty and courageous, but she also has self-doubts, fears, a hatred of bad rules and a propensity to speak her mind ... not the sort of thing one gets away with in the Emu Swamp Children's Ho