By SALLY GORDON
SEMI-RETIRED Illarwill resident Neil McInnes is trapped in a writer's frenzy.
For the past 18 months he has been tapping away at his home computer, possessed by a creative demon.
A slight exaggeration, but what else could explain his impressive accomplishment of writing four novels during such a short time-span?
Two books which Mr McInnes describes as mystery thrillers are under review, while the other two books have already been published.
Mr McInnes' most recently published novel, The Young Highlander, is geared towards young adults and based on the experiences of his ancestors who arrived in Australia in the 1840s.
Mr McInnes said the book was a tribute to his great, great grandparents who migrated to Goulburn from the Sottish Highlands.
"The book makes reference to actual historical events of the time, things like the bushfires, but more particularly the gold-mining period in Australia," he said. "It's really about the adventures and experiences of their young son Will Macleod, from the time they left Scotland in 1840 when he was about five."
The local writer believes the book would make an interesting text for students.
The 260-page novel, published by Gold Coast company Zeus, has been made book of the month by the Strand Gallery Book Shop.