Author Fictionalizes Grandmother’s Story in Debut Book

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Mazi Mcburnie releases new book, ‘Gypsy Lullaby’

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“It is a delightful story with courage, tragedy, love and forbearance and every page is exciting,” author Mazi Mcburnie

Set in Australia in 1893, “Gypsy Lullaby” (published by Balboa Press AU) tells the story of Delli, a mother searching for her child after waking up in a strange bed in a boarding house with no memory of giving birth. Through an arranged marriage and an affair that results in pregnancy, Delli shows strength and courage to survive.

“It is a delightful story with courage, tragedy, love and forbearance and every page is exciting,” author Mazi Mcburnie says. “This book has been a delight to write and I felt empathy for the character of Delli, feeling what she felt. I was sad to say goodbye to this book.”

Mcburnie adds that she was inspired after doing family history to tell the story of Delli, who was her great-grandmother. “Although the gypsy story is part of my family history, most of ‘Gypsy Lullaby’ is fiction,” she explains.

An excerpt from “Gypsy Lullaby”:
Lying on a bed in the semi-dark room, she could just make out the flower patterns on the worn curtains as the sun attempted to rise. She could barely discern the pattern on the clean but faded quilt. The bed’s comfortable, she thought, grateful that the large net covering allowed her to avoid mosquitoes. Where am I? She wondered what strange pain was gripping her chest. She touched her breasts; they felt hot and wet, as if a bucket of water had been dropped on her. Or, she mused, is the roof leaking? What’s my name?

“Gypsy Lullaby”
By Mazi Mcburnie
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 122 pages | ISBN 9781504302784
E-Book | 122 pages | ISBN 9781504302791
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mazi Mcburnie earned a degree in social science. She has worked as a librarian, in senior care and as a teacher. She and her husband have two adult daughters and three granddaughters and live in Bacchus Marsh. Mcburnie enjoys cooking, doing patchwork, gardening and spending time with animals.

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