SCONE Library will this week host an author talk by Todd Alexander, a successful fiction and non-fiction writer who made a tree-change to the Hunter Valley, which he hilariously describes in his entertaining book Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga: A not-so-perfect tree change.
Everyone is welcome to attend on Thursday, August 1, between 2pm and 4pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
But, places are limited, so bookings are essential on 6540 1183.
There will be copies of his books available for purchase and signing, too.
"Once I was the poster boy for corporate success, but now I'm crashing through the bush in a storm in search of a missing pig," Alexander says in the book cover.
"How the hell did we end up here?
"Jeff and I have had enough of the city.
"Sick of the daily grind and workaday corporate shenanigans, we threw caution to the wind and bought 100 acres in the renowned Hunter Valley wine region, intent on living a golden bucolic life and building a fabulous B&B, where we can offer the joys of country life to heart-weary souls.
"I'll cook, Jeff will renovate.
"We have a vineyard, we can make wine. We have space, we can grow our own food.
"We have everything we need to make our dreams come true.
"How hard can it be?"
Alexander was born in 1973 and has been writing for more than 20 years.
His first novel was Pictures of Us (2006).
He has six years' experience as a bookseller and head office buyer and spent 12 working at eBay, one of Australia's most recognised brands.
How to Buy and Sell on eBay.com.au - The Official Pocket Guide sold in excess of 30,000 copies.
In 2010, an advanced guide to eBay How To Make Money on eBay was published by Allen & Unwin, followed in 2011 by Why Pay Retail (also Allen & Unwin).
Hachette Australia released Get Your Business Online... Now! in March 2012, followed later in the year by Every Day Internet at Any Age.
2013 marked the release of Alexander's fully-comprehensive guide to The New eBay followed in 2014 by Check 100: Tips for a Successful eBay Business (both published by John Wiley).
In 2015, he returned to fiction, his first love, with the release of Tom Houghton (published by Simon & Schuster).
He lives in the Hunter Valley with his partner (cat, pigs, chooks and ducks) where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Block Eight.
Alexander has travelled to Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.
A graduate of Macquarie University, he has degrees in Modern Literature and Law.