FOLLOWING earlier success with her novel, Bunyips and Dragons, Eyre Peninsula author Ivy Edwards is now ready to launch her second novel, Survival, later this month.
Her new book tells the story of a tragic shipwreck and the survival of two people over many years.
Mrs Edwards was born at Tumby Bay in 1935 and grew up in the small railway town of Ungarra and started writing when she was six years old.
Her mother saw her potential and taught her to read and write at three years old so she started school at grade three level and later attended Port Lincoln high school where Colin Thiele was teaching.
Mrs Edwards said Mr Thiele became her mentor and encouraged her to keep on writing.
She started nursing at Cleve Hospital in 1952 before transferring to the Mount Gambier Hospital in 1954 and returning to Cleve in 1955 to marry Ray Edwards.
After marrying her husband, Ray Edwards, she had six children in seven years so there was little time to follow her passion.
However, in 1986 Mrs Edwards and others founded the Cummins writers group.
She also founded a writers group in Tumby Bay.
“I have had many short stories published over the years and still continually write, having now published two novels,” Mrs Edwards said.
“A third is in the hands of the publisher and a fourth half written.”
She has travelled extensively around Australia by caravan gaining inspirations for many of her stories.
Mrs Edwards said she enjoyed writing by the sea after spending most of her life living in small inland towns.
Survival will be launched at the Uniting Church hall at Tumby Bay on Sunday, August 19 at 2pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend.