Fiona Palmer has lived in the Pingaring and Narrogin regions of Western Australia. She has worked in various rural and farming jobs as well as being a speedway-racing driver and shopkeeper. Palmer received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship to assist in the writing of her first novel, The Family Farm.
'School teacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead.
'When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.
'As Nat's school comes under threat of closure, and Billy's estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her society life in Perth and the rural community that needs her, Nat must risk losing it all to find out what she's really made of – and where she truly belongs. ' (Publication summary)