Di Walker’s second novel Everything We Keep will be published by Scholastic Australia in 2020. It is a 60,000 word length story aimed at the 11+ market, and is contemporary fiction with a strong female protagonist. Agatha has been in and out of foster care for several years, having been removed from her parents because they are hoarders. When the story begins she is about to be returned yet again to her parents. The foster carers are a retired nurse and her naval husband, who is currently away on a ship.
Agatha has a growing realisation that if she stays with her parents she will be consumed by the stuff; she sees herself becoming like her mother. As much as she loves them she knows, to survive, she needs to be away from her parents. As the story unfolds she discovers that it is through friendship and courage the struggle to both save herself and love her parents is a possibility.
Di Walker's debut novel, Unpacking Harper Holt was published by Walker Books Australia in 2018. Di has taught primary and secondary school and has worked as an adolescent/family counsellor. She is currently teaching English at a secondary school. Di lives in regional Victoria with her teenage son and their two rescue dogs.
See Di’s website at www.diwalkerbooks.com and follow her on Instagram at diwalkerbooks.