International author Cathy Kelly visited Kingscliff’s Boardwalk Books and Babalou today.
International author Cathy Kelly visited Kingscliff’s Boardwalk Books and Babalou today. Blainey Woodham

Best-selling writer drops in

BOARDWALK Books Kingscliff owner Debbie Allen has an occupation even occasionally ivory-towered journalists admire.

And a location former prime ministers and top-10 international best-selling authors like to visit.

Cathy Kelly visited Boardwalk for book signing and then to a function at the Kingscliff Hotel's Babalou to impart her literary wisdom today.

Ms Allen said the bestselling author was stopping locally during the Australian tour of her new book: The House on Willow Street.

"Cathy has a gentle humour," she said.

"Her writing addresses issues women face, such as family, health, marriage and children.

"Women can really relate to her books, and it's a fantastic coincidence she's visiting us the day after International Women's Day."

The author is yet another notch in the belt of Ms Allen's eight year ownership of Boardwalk.

A lunch with John Howard was held by the local bookstore during 2011, to promote his memoir Lazarus Rising.

His publishers must have travelled through and fell in love with Kingscliff and the Tweed Shire, as they approached Ms Allen.

"I think they appreciated the opportunity to have him in an informal setting in a small coastal town," she said.
"He was an amazing raconteur - amazing."

The 75-or-so people at Babalou on Friday were mainly women, Ms Allen said, which provided an opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day, albeit a day late.

"So many aspire to write," she said. "And would be keen to know 'What is that formula?' from her.

"Hopefully she will tell us a little about her writing journey."

Ms Allen provided reasons why her store was so successful in the face of physical - as opposed to electronic - books' decline.

"We work very hard to promote and raise awareness of Kingscliff.

"To have international authors visit - it's superb.

"Our slogan is 'We read the books we sell'.

"We're able to engage our customers, we follow the trends instead of stocking mass-market books, plus we understand and love our books.

"That's why customers come back to us again and again, and I can certainly think of worse jobs to be doing," she said.



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