THE Arts Council of Mansfield has been launching books for local authors for some time now, and has launched subsequent greats such as Gabriel Bergmoser, with his first book, written while a school student.
“Launch was the operative word in the case of Gabriel, whose career took off like a rocket afterwards,” said organiser Kammy Cordner Hunt.
This year follows suit, with the much-anticipated launch of local writer Belinda Crawford’s debut novel, Hero: the Hero Rebellion, book 1, the first in a science fiction series that will be published by Odyssey Books.
Set far into the future on an alien planet, long-ago colonised by humans, “Hero” follows the story of an isolated young teen who discovers that she’s part of a master plan set into motion by the first colonists.
Belinda grew up bouncing between Adelaide and the family farm in Strathalbyn, before a family career change brought her to Victoria.
She attended high school at Melbourne Girls’ College, where she was dux of her class in IT.