My cover photo
This incredible photo is from the Federation Peak series by talented Canberra photographer, Jason MacQueen.
My name is Joanna Baker. I’m a sixth-generation Tasmanian*, deeply attached to the place and very proud. I love everything about this magical island.
There’s nothing all that heavy here, and definitely no sales pitch. The posts are pretty short. There are a few abstract ideas, but you can ignore those, unless you’re that way inclined. Mostly it’s just stories — about people and places in Tasmania.
Of course, there’s really only one reason for doing a blog like this. It’s for me. I write murder mystery novels, and this is my way of examining why I choose to set them in Tasmania. It’s also a kind of tribute … to a home that I love.
Tasmania. I’m not going to run out of material, am I?
Let me see …
history, landscape, wilderness, breathtaking beauty, environmental damage, conflict, oceans, ruins, horror, violence, secrets, families …
… corruption, Antarctic light, exquisite literature, MONA, The Theatre Royal, Dark MOFO …
There are many, many things about Tasmania that make it a perfect setting for my books.
And love is only one of them.
* My great-great … and so on … grandfather, Thomas Moore Ikin, came to Hobart in 1813 (!)