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Di Morrissey is an Australian bestseller that writes romance and general fiction. Di was born in 1943 in Wingham. She spent her childhood in Pittwater, a remote location that introduced the author to fascinating characters like Chips Rafferty, a famous Australian actor.
Order of Lily Barton Series
|1||Tears Of The Moon||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||Kimberley Sun||2002||Description / Buy|
Order of Queenie and TR Series
|1||Follow the Morning Star||1993||Description / Buy|
|2||Heart of the Dreaming||1996||Description / Buy|
Order of Di Morrissey Standalone Novels
|1||The Last Rose of Summer||1992||Description / Buy|
|2||The Last Mile Home||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||When the Singing Stops||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||The Songmaster||1998||Description / Buy|
|5||Scatter the Stars||1999||Description / Buy|
|6||Blaze||2000||Description / Buy|
|7||The Bay||2001||Description / Buy|
|8||Barra Creek||2003||Description / Buy|
|9||The Reef||2004||Description / Buy|
|10||The Valley||2006||Description / Buy|
|11||Monsoon||2007||Description / Buy|
|12||The Islands||2008||Description / Buy|
|13||The Silent Country||2009||Description / Buy|
|14||The Plantation||2010||Description / Buy|
|15||The Golden Land||2012||Description / Buy|
|16||The Opal Desert||2012||Description / Buy|
|17||The Winter Sea||2013||Description / Buy|
|18||The Road Back||2014||Description / Buy|
|19||Rain Music||2015||Description / Buy|
|20||Distant Journey||2017||Description / Buy|
|21||The Red Coast||2017||Description / Buy|
|22||Arcadia||2018||Description / Buy|
|23||The Last Paradise||2019||Description / Buy|
|24||Before the Storm||2020||Description / Buy|
Di Morrissey Anthologies
|1||Summer of Love||1994||Description / Buy|
Rafferty lived in the Australian outback before he went into acting, and the celebrity was more than happy to share those experiences with the young girl. Di also lived near Dorothea Mackellar, a critically acclaimed Australian poet who encouraged the author to share her stories with others by writing them down.
For the most part, Di’s childhood was ordinary. But then she lost her father and brother unexpectedly, and everything changed. Fortunately, the family had Rafferty. The actor looked after them during their period of mourning.
He even helped raise funds for their trip to California. Di’s mother had a sister in Los Angeles that wanted the pair to live with her. The trip helped Di’s mother, who dipped her toes into TV. The medium was still new, and after finding her footing in the field, she went back to Australia with her daughter and made her mark on the Australian Film and Television scene.
Even as a little girl, Di knew that she wanted to write novels for a living. She got her start at the tender age of 17 when The Australian Women’s Weekly brought her on as a cadet. Even though she started at the bottom, the author took her duties seriously.
She worked hard during the next four years of training, finally emerging as a fully-fledged journalist with a gift for writing, communicating, and researching. But rather than plying her trade in Australia, she went to the UK like many of her peers and spent several years with the Daily Mail Group.
Her encounter with Peter Morrissey was coincidental. Di was traveling back to Australia when she met the American peace Corps worker. Theirs was a quick romance. The pair were engaged just two weeks later.
The happy couple planted roots in Honolulu. While there, Di became a TV presenter. But because her husband worked for the State Department, the couple was always traveling. Peter’s postings took them to places like Indonesia, Singapore, and Guyana.
But Di missed her home. More importantly, she had a strong desire to write stories and could no longer ignore it. So she returned home and secured a spot on a current affairs breakfast TV show (Good Morning Australia), the first of its kind in Australia.
Di took the job because she had to earn a living. But part of her regretted it because her days started at 3 am. She stuck around for seven grueling years. But then a friend brought to Di’s attention a treatment the author had written for a TV series.
The friend, a literary agent, encouraged Di to turn the treatment into a book, and she listened. Finishing the manuscript meant abandoning Good Morning Australia and moving to Byron Bay. ‘Heart of the Dreaming’ came out in 1991.
Di Morrissey Awards
Di has received the Lloyd O’Neil Award. She’s in the Australian Book Industry Awards Hall of Fame.
Best Di Morrissey Books
The author is a passionate environmentalist and activist that weaves her political beliefs into the stories she writes. Di’s best books include:
Tears Of The Moon: Lily Barton was alone in the world. As such, she had no one to look to for answers regarding her teardrop pearl pendant. It was her most prized possession. And yet, she couldn’t figure out where it came from or how she got it.
Lily was desperate to unravel the pendant’s secrets because she hoped it would reveal her forgotten past. She had no idea that her search would reveal a love so profound and passionate it was practically magic.
The Last Paradise: Everyone thought that Grace’s life was perfect. She shared their perception. After all, she had everything a woman could want: a successful husband, a beautiful daughter, and a job she loved. It took a shocking disaster to show Grace the truth. Her marriage was a sham.
Once her life crumbled, an assignment gave her an opportunity to flee to a luxury hotel in Bali. Once there, a woman’s story inspired Grace to face her uncertain future.
When Does The Next Di Morrissey book come out?
Di Morrissey doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Before the Storm and was released on October, 27th 2020.