First-time Novelist Picks Up Where James Clavell Left Off

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Debut author P. G. Edwards delivers compelling drama and engaging characters in new book

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Famed Australian James Clavell, who died in 1994, was many things: screenwriter, director, producer and novelist. While he was catapulted into stardom by his acclaimed films, including “The Fly” and “To Sir With Love,” he is known best for his historical fiction. Clavell’s death left a noticeable void in this popular genre, a void novelist P. G. Edwards is eager to fill.

In her debut novel Laughter on the Wind (published by Balboa Press), Edwards weaves a story of how a wrongful conviction leads one man to his destiny.

In Laughter on the Wind, readers meet Tress Tresilian, a Cornish fisherman. Tess finds himself transported to the New Holland Port Jackson penal colony for a crime he did not commit. A chance meeting with Big John Caesar, a convict with a surprisingly illustrious past, sets him back on his feet. Tress learns that Caesar is descended from Madagascan royalty and that his young niece, Ilona, has just been betrothed to a tribal elder against her will. When Ilona decides to flee from her home and crosses paths with the prisoners of the penal colony, Tress must make a decision: save the girl or do his time in peace.

“It’s an intriguing mystery story,” says Edwards, who picked up the story during a holiday to Lord Howe Island off of New South Wales.

An avid reader and writer, Edwards approaches her story with an unhurried elegance. “I am quite sure readers are growing tired of being assaulted from the first page by stories that are heavy on action and light on quality, structure and lasting interest,” jibes Edwards. “I believe the days of being able to enjoy a rattling good yarn are on the verge of return.”

When asked what she wants readers to take away from Laughter on the Wind, Edwards notes, “I want them just to thoroughly enjoy the story and find it easy and exciting to read. The main comment I like to hear is ‘I couldn’t put it down.’ That’s what I want them to remember, a book they couldn’t put down.”

About the Author
Although born in Derbyshire, England, P. G. Edwards was raised on a farm in Kenya, East Africa, where she attended boarding school. Laughter on the Wind, her first novel, was inspired by a holiday on a remote island off the eastern coast of Australia. She currently lives in Australia.

Balboa Press, a division Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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