Author's screenplay set to be made into a film
IT'S BEEN a busy year for author Russell Guy.
Mr Guy, a pilot from Agnes Water, published his third book - but his first work of fiction - earlier this year, called Dry Crossing.
With the Australian Outback as its backdrop, Dry Crossing chronicles the life of Dizzy Roundabout, a member of an Aboriginal rock band who is caught up in a destructive world of sex, booze and drugs.
Dizzy's life changes when he decides to leave the band and encounters a missionary in a small Outback town who takes him on an unexpected path that helps him find redemption in the process.
Mr Guy said the book, described as a gothic romance, was a big departure from his first two works - a book of short stories called What's Rangoon to You is Grafton to Me, and a work of historical non-fiction called Baptised Among Crocodiles: A History of the Daintree Aboriginal Mission 1940-1962.
"Fiction fascinates me," he said.
"It allows you to make conversations between characters to fit what you want to talk about, and these characters become real in your imagination. They come alive.
"To make the reader care about your characters is one of the great challenges."
Mr Guy is taking on more challenges too.
He has recently returned from the Melbourne International Film Festival and has begun a collaboration with an Australian film producer to make a movie from a screenplay that draws in part on Dry Crossing, but is a fresh work based on the vision of Royal Flying Doctor Service founder John Flynn.
"Hopefully that will be made in Queensland next year," he said.
In the meantime, Mr Guy has also finished the first draft of his next novel.