TELLING A STORY: Former Rockhampton woman Ros Baxter’s latest novel Set in Stone will be released on Monday.
TELLING A STORY: Former Rockhampton woman Ros Baxter’s latest novel Set in Stone will be released on Monday. Contributed

Rocky childhood sets Ros on the right path

ROS Baxter feels an undeniable pull to her home town, despite the many times she couldn't wait to escape Rockhampton growing up.

"There's no place I ever go where I feel quite as much me or quite as much home," she said.

The push and pull of a home town is something Ros has explored in her latest novel, Set in Stone, which hits shelves on Monday.

The novel was inspired by Ros's own homecoming for her 20-year reunion at North Rockhampton High School.

Although, she said there was plenty of creative license when it came to writing the book, with the storyline and characters completely imagined.

Ros's life in Rockhampton has had a more subtle influence on her writing as well.

She said every time her mother introduced her to someone, she'd share so much background information Ros felt like she knew the person straight away.

Ros said this thirst for understanding people was a driving force in her life and storytelling.

"I always felt like everyone you met or everyone you know come with a package of stories clinging to them," she said.

"I think it's that really early sense you have that everyone's got a story and everyone's connected in more ways than in a city."

Ros said her strong connection to family also grew out of her life in Rockhampton.

Sister Alison has also penned novels under the name Amy Andrews, while brother Steve became a tech guru and recently took to TV in Channel 10 program Shark Tank.

Ros said her dad Noel was the biggest fan of their achievements.

"I've had beautiful support from people in Rocky for my writing," she said. "There's a huge amount of love and appreciation for the town and community"

Library lovers

There are 20,454 active members of Rockhampton regional libraries

557,941 books were borrowed for the year ending June 30, 2014

There are 205,670 items (including books, audio books, DVDs etc)

The total annual library visits were 236,948

Source: Rockhampton Regional Council



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