BOOKED OUT: Former Rockhampton man John Cunnington at Rockhampton Regional Library’s Local Author Expo on Saturday with his three books, two of which are based on his experiences as a parole officer in the region.
BOOKED OUT: Former Rockhampton man John Cunnington at Rockhampton Regional Library’s Local Author Expo on Saturday with his three books, two of which are based on his experiences as a parole officer in the region. Rachael Conaghan

John Cunnington featured at Rocky's Local Author Expo

IT'S not every day the city of Rockhampton plays a leading role in a novel.

But for author John Cunnington, it was the perfect place to set his two crime thrillers the Thirteenth Secret and Portrait of an Angel.

John, who worked as the senior probation and parole officer for Central Queensland between 1980 and 1985, said he based the books on the job he enjoyed "immensely".

Now based on the Sunshine Coast, John was one of 13 writers who showcased their work at Rockhampton Regional Library's Local Author Expo on Saturday.

John said as a probation and parole officer, he worked closely with all levels of the justice system from police to courts and prisons.

"It was a great relationship and that's why I think I liked it so much in Rocky," he said.

"Everyone seemed to work together for the common good."

But Rockhampton isn't the only place in the spotlight during John's second novel, with the main character visiting Brisbane, Gladstone and New Zealand.

John said he had always enjoyed writing, with his first book The Way the Dice Falls his "labour of love".

His first book was non-fiction and explored the impact of the Vietnam War on those who were conscripted to fight, a topic also based on his personal experience.

"It made it a lot easier to use those experiences and adapt them for the books," he said.

John was joined at the expo by authors including Carmen Gray, Neil Davies, Tim Connolly and Royce Bond.

The next Local Author Expo will be held at the Rockhampton Regional Library in November.



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