"McCausland is a natural storyteller who weaves love, loss, mystery and secrets into a satisfying tale."

Herald Sun

"Full of mystery and romance, this is the perfect atmospheric summer read."

Who Weekly

The Valley of Lost Stories

Beautiful, beguiling and treacherous… Big Little Lies meets Picnic at Hanging Rock in a secluded valley over the Blue Mountains.

The Lost Summers of Driftwood

The Lost Summers of Driftwood is a story of lost loves, rekindled passions, tragedy and betrayal set against the backdrop of an idyllic south coast town.

Writing stories has always been an essential part of my life. I was that child for whom books were magical escape portals and I spent my early years soaking up as many as I possibly could. Writing provided a similar escape. Even now, when real life becomes hard, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of the book I’m writing. My characters feel like friends, like confidants. And I’m transported to a sunlit jetty, or a far-away valley, or a wind-swept beach.

My stories always feature a mystery, an intrigue of some kind, because that’s the type of book I love to read. I want beauty, but there is darkness in the world too, and I don’t want to shy away from that, because it is only through darkness that we really understand the quality of the light. I hope you love escaping into the worlds I create as much as I love making them.

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