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Fleur McDonald was born in Orroroo, in the mid-north of South Australia, where her parents were fuel distributors. She attended Orroroo Area School during her primary years and then became a boarder at Annesley College, Adelaide for her secondary education. McDonald spent some time as a jillaroo in South Australia and Western Australia. She continued her studies at Marcus Oldham Farm Management College, studying Agribusiness.

McDonald and her husband, Anthony McDonald, have farmed land in the Esperance region of Western Australia.

Source: Fleur McDonald's website,
Sighted: 26/02/2009

Awards for Works

Emerald Springs 2016 single work novel crime romance

'When suspicions are wrongly aimed at Amelia following the theft of proceeds from the local rodeo after a crash and grab, she must work with a sceptical rural detective to clear her name - and that of the man she loves. Mystery and romance abound in the new novel from the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn.

'After finishing university, Amelia Bennett returns to her home town. Determined to lose her old reputation for being scatty, she works hard to prove herself as the treasurer of the local rodeo committee.

'Flushed with triumph on the evening of the best rodeo in the town's history, Amelia is driving the bags of cash into town when she becomes the victim of a terrifying smash and grab. Injured and distraught after her ordeal, she's even more devastated when she finds out that she and her boyfriend Paul are the objects of suspicion.

'To prove her innocence and that of the man she loves, Amelia must convince a sceptical detective that her account of what happened does add up and that he must help her track down the real culprits . . .

'With its cracker plot, feisty heroine and engaging love story, Emerald Springs will have you reading well into the night.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
Red Dust 2009 single work novel

'After the death of her husband, Adam, in an horrific plane crash, Gemma Sinclair defies community expectations - and Adam's dying words - by deciding to hang on to Billbinya, the 10,000-hectare station he bequeathed to her. As if Gemma's grief and the job of looking after Billbinya aren't enough, a wave of innuendo soon sweeps the community that Adam's plane crash was no accident. Police officers confirm the rumour when they visit Gemma and tell her Adam's death was almost certainly related to his involvement in a cattle and sheep duffing ring. And not only that, but Gemma is indirectly implicated because Billbinya was used as the holding station for the stolen stock.

'Intent on clearing her name, Gemma sets out to get to the bottom of what Adam was doing. In the process, she's stunned at the depths of her husband's wrongdoing and shocked at the identities of his criminal associates.

'Struggling to put the past behind her, Gemma wonders if she'll ever be able to love again ... this heart-wrenching outback saga is the inspirational story of a woman doing her best to defy the odds and triumph over adversity.' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Newcomer of the Year
2010 finalist Romance Writers of Australia, Romantic Book of the Year Award Romantic Elements
2010 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
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