The old Pacific Highway town of Urunga is the scene for Riverside. The highway runs alongside the Kalang River and has only recently been upgraded from the old two lane highway and its constant stream of cars and trucks. It’s a quiet little seaside hamlet (now), part of it faces the highway, most of it faces the river mouth and the ocean. It’s the kind of place that sea-changers are flocking to.
Like the characters, the motel doesn’t exist either, I shoe-horned it into some vacant land across the road from the old highway service station. I wanted to master writing dialogue and I enjoyed the interaction between the characters in Riverside.
It was an exercise in writing a narrative that dealt with the universal themes of loss and overcoming fear.
I chose the name Riverside initially because of the river but the meaning grew to encompass the river of cars flowing past.