AWW Feature & Giveaway: Lisa Walker & Liar Bird

Welcome Lisa Walker!

I am happy to welcome Lisa Walker as a part of my year long feature of Australian women writers. Born in Holland, Lisa spent the early part of her life in Fiji before moving to Brisbane as a teenager.  She has worked as a barmaid on the Great Barrier Reef, an igloo builder and as a wilderness guide in the Snowy Mountains. Now she surfs, writes and works in community relations from her home on the north coast of NSW. Her radio play ‘Baddest Backpackers’ was produced for ABC Radio National in 2008 and she has won several short story awards. Lisa is the author of Liar Bird which was published by HarperCollins in January 2012 and Sex, Lies and Bonsais, which is scheduled for publication in January 2013.

Today, Lisa shares  a little about Liar Bird and the inspiration behind this funny and engaging  story and is offering Book’d Out readers the chance to win one of two signed copies of Liar Bird.

Read on…

I first embarked on a serious quest to write a novel when my older son was in Year Three.  This year he started university. So learning how to write a novel has taken about as long as training as a brain surgeon. ‘Liar Bird’ is actually the fourth novel I have written. I have a boy wizard fantasy and two feisty Gold Coast PI novels under the bed (as you do). Maybe they’ll make an appearance one day.

People often say you should write what you know. Unfortunately, I’m not always too good at taking advice. I’d been working as a community relations officer for the National Parks and Wildlife Service for seven years before it occurred to me that I was sitting on a mine of inspiration.

It didn’t hit me until one day I printed out a short story on the back of an old news release I’d written. The title of this release was Feral Pig Awareness Day. When I read out the story to my writing group they all started giggling and saying Happy Feral Pig Awareness Day. It was then that I realised – there were a lot of funny things that happened in my job. It didn’t stop at pigs. Magpies were funny too, and chickens and cane toads. In fact, the original title of this book was ‘Toading – a story of lies, lust and feral pests’. I don’t think it would have gone too far with that title.

I resisted writing it for a while, because it felt too close, and I was busy with my feisty Gold Coast PI, but the idea kept coming back to me. I recently had a look at my old computer file from August 2006 when I first jotted down a few thoughts about this book. It contains important questions to myself such as:

  • Can a city PR girl reinvent herself?
  • ‘Sea Change’ meets James Herriot? (does anyone else remember ‘All Creatures Great and Small?’)

And there were also a few lines such as: ‘If it wasn’t for the long-footed potoroo, I might never have heard of Beechville.’  That line is now the first sentence in ‘Liar Bird’.

‘Liar Bird’ is about small towns, about moving from the city to the country and about finding a place to call home. To some extent the novel is inspired by my own experience of moving from Sydney to the north coast in 1999. It is set in a small town near the Queensland border, which I imagined as being a bit like Woodenbong or Urbenville if anyone knows those places. Basically they’re one street towns.

When I moved up here one of the things I first noticed was that wildlife seems to play a major role in people’s lives. Whether it was the possum in the roof, the bandicoot digging up the lawn or the echidna wandering across the road – everyone had their wildlife story. In the book my protagonist, Cassandra forms a very close relationship with tree frog, finds a snake in the toilet and deals with a whole lot of other pesky critters.  And of course she meets a ranger who has a very sexy way with maps…

Read my review of Liar Bird here

Find Lisa Walker

Website I Blog I Facebook I Twitter

Liar Bird is available to purchase at

@HarperCollins Australia I @Boomerang Books I @Booktopia I @Amazon Kindle

via Booko

Enter to Win

1 of two signed print editions of

Liar Bird by Lisa Walker

(Open to Australian Residents only)

Required To Enter:

Leave a comment

and include your name, email address and state +1

(You do not have to include the email in the comment body as long as you fill in the email field when you comment)

For extra entries:

+2 Like Lisa Walker’s Facebook Author Page HERE

+1 Add Liar Bird to your  reading list (Goodreads/LibraryThings/Amazon etc)

+1 tweet or facebook this post Use the icons below to make it easier and please provide a link

Total possible entries = 5

Entries close September 9th  2012

Winner drawn via

Good Luck!

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 08:52:38

    I’d like to be entered for this with a Victorian address.




  2. Rachelle Ann Lerner
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 08:58:36

    I do not live in the country but in a rural area. I remember when I saw a bear cross four lanes as I had never seen a bear outside of a zoo before that day.



  3. Kate Loveday
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:02:48

    What an interesting lady. Having spent many years on the rural mid-north coast of NSW, her words about the wild life strike a chord with me. I look forward to the review of Liar Bird



  4. brendat59
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 14:01:30

    Thanks again Shelleyrae! I loved reading your post from Lisa:) And I’d love to read Liar Bird:)
    Brenda Telford
    NSW +1
    Liked Lisa’s FB page +2
    On my TBR on GR +1



  5. Helene Young
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 22:22:03

    Love the title, love the premise and loved meeting Lisa at the recent ARRA book signing on the Gold Coast!



  6. Mary Preston
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 23:15:55

    I had to laugh because I have possums coming up from the creek jumping on my roof every night. Wildlife does feature around here.

    LIAR BIRD looks like such a fabulous read.

    +1 QLD
    +2 FB: Mary Preston
    +1 Goodreads: Mary Preston



  7. Lisa Walker
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 09:01:01

    Thanks for a great review Shellyrae. Look forward to hearing who wins the giveaway (once I’ve chased that pesky water dragon out of the house).



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  9. Dee-Ann Vahlberg
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 13:42:48

    The book sounds like fun, and living in Darwin, the wildlife seem to be an integral part of our lifestyle too … inc frogs, frilled neck lizards , giant cockroaches, bats, crocodiles (of course) and more.



  10. The Australian Bookshelf
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 19:52:22

    Thanks for the giveaway Shelleyrae, Liar Bird has been on my wishlist since it was released.

    Great post Lisa, i too am inspired by my work for stories and interesting mishaps!

    +1 NSW
    +1 Tweeted



  11. Rowena Grall
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 20:04:42

    I always like reading something the author actually knows about. It shows!

    Added to GR TBR

    (having tech difficulties with this comment form, but you are my FB friend so you can find me, right?)



  12. lauredhel
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 22:29:21

    This sounds great!
    (I’m in WA
    Liked author page & put on GR TBR.)



  13. KateB
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:22:46

    This book looks great. Possums in the roof and snakes in the toilets… I don’t live in a rural area but I can somewhat relate. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +1 QLD
    +2 FB (Kate Bell)
    +1 Goodreads (Kate, whyanot)



  14. Heidi M Fischer
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 19:56:45

    Would love to read this novel … living in a rural area with lots of wildlife about – and have had my own experiences with frogs in the outside toilet.
    FB page liked – check
    living in WA
    Goodreads – marked “to read” – check



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  16. Lisa Walker
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:26:52

    Thanks for all the comments, you’ve inspired me to write another post about wildlife 🙂



  17. Dale Harcombe
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 11:04:09

    Please enter me for the chance to win this book. Dale NSW. Will also mark to read now on Goodreads



  18. Bernadette Grandinetti
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 17:35:36

    I would love to read this!

    +1 VIC
    + TBR Goodreads – Bernadette, nettiegrand
    +2 Facebook like
    + 1 Twitter post (xNettiex)



  19. JessF
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 18:49:38

    This looks great!

    Jess Fitzpatrick
    +1 NSW
    +1 TBR Goodreads list (Jess; Url is jessiquie)
    +2 FB like



  20. Jen nelson
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 20:12:06

    This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Jen Nelson – NSW. +1
    Liked author page +2
    On goodreads to read +1
    Posted on Facebook (Jen Nelson) +1



  21. kim
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 07:16:35

    How generous!! Looks like a fantastic book!!



  22. kim
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 07:17:09

    How generous!! Looks like a fantastic book!! NSW 🙂



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