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For Fiona McCallum, the saying ‘You can take the girl out of the country, but not the country out of the girl’ is very apt. Fiona spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside the small town of Cleve on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. When she married a farmer in her early-twenties, Fiona was driving tractors, mustering sheep, helping out in the shearing sheds and preparing meals for shearers. But when their relationship ended, Fiona moved to inner-Melbourne, then Sydney, where she found herself living an altogether different lifestyle. Having had a love of writing for as long as she can remember, Fiona began to seriously indulge her passion whilst running a business, renovating an old cottage, and supporting a high-flying partner. She finished writing her first manuscript in early 2001. In 2004 Fiona left her Sydney partner and re-established herself in Adelaide in order to have a more balanced lifestyle and focus on her creative writing. In 2010 Fiona signed her first publishing contract after writing four manuscripts and spending nine years being rejected by agents and publishers. Fiona’s heart-warming journey of self-discovery stories set in rural South Australia are striking a chord with readers. She is now the author of five Australian bestsellers – Paycheque, Nowhere Else, Wattle Creek, Saving Grace, and Time Will Tell – and living her dream of being a full-time novelist.