Friendship, betrayal and heartbreak are the words Nicola Moriarty used to describe her latest novel The Fifth Letter.
The Fifth Letter is her fourth book, following novels Free-Falling, Paper Chains, and the novella Captivation.
The author has been putting pen to paper to create her books for almost a decade and said she always had a passion for writing.
“I loved writing as a child,” she said.
“When I was in primary school my plan was to become a children’s book author and illustrator – but it didn’t happen because I couldn’t draw.
“I grew up writing short stories but never thought becoming an author was possible.”
The 35-year-old worked in different jobs and industries before deciding to take a leap of faith.
“I saw my sisters’ success in becoming authors and seeing their work get published made me start to wonder if becoming an author was something that I could do too,” Moriarty said.
“While juggling uni, becoming a first-time mum and working as a swimming teacher, I worked on my first book slowly for a couple of years and then landed a publishing deal.”
The mother of two said even though it was daunting stepping into an industry where her sisters, Liane and Jaclyn, were already award-winning authors, it was inspirational for her own journey.
“It’s great that I’ve got my sisters who are close to me, who I get to turn to for advice,” she said.
Moriarty said her sisters’ success makes her feel happy and proud.
“I feel very lucky to have them. It is a tough industry to get a start in so to have people there to support you and give you advice is a bonus.
“The only thing we compete over is ownership of family anecdotes for our novels. It usually comes down to first come first served.”
Moriarty’s ideas for her stories partly come from her own life experiences or those of others.
“In one of my previous books I explore themes surrounding postnatal depression because that’s something I went through myself after having both my girls,” she said.
“Depression has come up again in my next novel as well, and it’s probably something that I often find myself exploring, whether I mean to or not.”
Moriarty, the youngest of six siblings, grew up in Kellyville and recently moved back to the suburb with her husband and two daughters.
- To purchase her books visit nicolamoriarty.com.au.