Senior author launches second great book in as many years

what lies coverCoolum author, Pam Hardgrave, who admits she is well into her 70s, is on a roll having just released her second book in less than a year.

Pam said she believed you were never too old to learn or to fulfil a dream.

“I have always been interested in writing but publishing a book was a dream – one I am very proud to have now fulfilled twice so far,” she said.

“When I retired to the Sunshine Coast a friend inspired me to venture into a new world, when she said ‘Are you going to die here?’, (no doubt meaning: are we going to shift again in a few years) but I realised I needed a new interest to stay young in heart, so I enrolled at University of the Sunshine Coast.  I became so involved I completed a BA Communication and went on to gain an Honours degree in Creative Writing under the guidance of Gary Crew,” Pam said.

Her new crime novel, What Lies Within, is suitable for young adult and adult readers who relish a mystery and the drama of emotions that a murder provokes.

Of the book, Sunshine Coast Daily columnist and author himself, Peter Richardson said – “Don’t give this book to your teenager.  Read it first, and then leave it in the loo.  That way, he or she is more likely to pick it up and read it from cover to cover in one sitting.”

The novel is Pam’s second major publication.  She completed her novella, Seesaw, which was released last year, as part of her Honours degree at University of the Sunshine Coast.

Pam is active with writers and writing events as president of the Sunshine Coast Literary Assn Inc. and founder of the Coolum Wave Writers group.

“I intend to keep learning from others and having fun playing with words for the rest of my life,” she said.

What Lies Within hits the reader in the opening lines when Kristy, a young teen, and her boyfriend, Ryan, stumble on a body in a nature reserve.  That’s when the nightmare begins.  A crime scene.  A community in shock.  Who can be trusted?  Kristy determines to find the killer.  But she can’t look into people’s minds to see what lies within.  Is she in danger too?

Find out more order your copy today by email:, phone 54 716 739. RRP $25

Pam will also be the special guest at a “Meet the Author” event at the Noosa Library on Tuesday 26 May, at 10am.  Attendance is free but booking essential.  To do so call 07 5442 4411.

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