Squee

Only one sleep until the Aurealis Awards. And there’s an added reason to frock up. Marianne and I are going to be EMCeeing the awards.

This is a particular thrill for us as it is the 21st Aurealis Awards  night and the 20th anniversary of the Vision Writers group. 20 years ago Marianne and I escaped our families on Father’s Day (we have very patient husbands) and met at the very first Vision Writers group meeting.

After discovering that we had 9 children between us and that were both eager to pursue our dream of becoming published authors we buddy-ied up, going to workshops and events together.

 

Here we are hanging out at  Melbourne Convention

Here we are hanging out at a Melbourne Convention

There were many times we were all set to go to Brisbane Writers Festival event then one of us would have to cancel because of a sick child.

Here we are at a Supanova event

Here we are at a Supanova event

Through the ups and downs of writing, getting rejected, writing some more, finding an agent and getting published we supported each other. Twenty years later, dozens of books and with our kids all in their twenties now, we have become the ‘establishment’ LOL.

Honestly, it is an honour to be asked to EMC the awards.

If you’re in Brisbane and you’d like to come to the Aurealis Awards tickets are available here.

And the national SF convention CONTACT is on in BrisVegas over the Easter weekend. You can find out more about CONTACT here. This is the place to be if you are interested in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror this weekend.

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Whoot Aurealis Award Shortlist

Had some lovely news yesterday. I heard from the Aurealis Awards organisers. Drum roll…

My story, The Giant’s Lady, that appeared in Legends 2, edited by Ian Whates, is a finalist in the Fantasy Short Story section. A big thank you to Ian for inviting me to submit to this anthology in honour of David Gemmell.

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And, another drum roll…

My series, The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin, is a finalist in the Inaugural Sara Douglas Fantasy Series Award. This award was named after Sara Douglas who sadly passed away from cancer. There were 55 series entered in this section so I am really honoured to find my work in the shortlist with these wonderful authors.

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A big thank you to the team of hard working volunteers who make the Aurealis Awards possible.

And congratulations to everyone on the shortlist. The full list can be found here.

 

 

 

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Legends 2 Launched

Legends 2, the anthology in honour of David Gemmell, has been launched. Here are some of the authors at Nine Worlds signing books. (Ian Whates, Stan Nicholls, John Gwynne, Ed Cox, Gav Thorpe, and Gavin Smith).

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Meanwhile, across the seas in Australia, I’ll be waiting for my author copies to make their way to my front door.

There are some good reviews up on Amazon already. I notice one of the reviewers mentions that they would like the stories to be longer. Writing fantasy in the short story format is really difficult. You need to give enough background and set up the world, while revealing character and motivation yet still drive the narrative forward. Parring back my story to the right length was a challenge.

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I was chuffed to be asked to contribute and am honoured to be in such good company. Look out for a copy of Legends 2.

 

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My Publisher is having a Sale

I just heard that Solaris are having a 25% off all Epic Fantasy.

Epic Fantasy Sale!

So if you were thinking of trying a new author or you’ve read one of my books and want to pick up the rest, drop over here.

I was trying to get a screen shot of my books, but it looks like they are all mixed up with other books, not sure why. Here’s they are in very good company!

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Author Copies Squee Day

It can take a year to write a book then several years to get published.

With the Fall of Fair Isle the trilogy was written late 90s early 2000s, published, then it drifted into obscurity. People would turn up at events with well-worn copies asking me to sign them, or more often desperate to find a copy of the third book which had sold out.

Now the trilogy has been republished by Solaris and was released in March. It took ages for my copies to reach Australia and then I was flat out with family emergencies (it has been a horrible 18 months) so I only got around to unpacking the box today.

After all the time and effort we poor authors put in you can see why opening a box of your new books is one of the things we look forward to. Apparently, so does my cat.

Here I’ve opened the box and set it up for a nice picture. (not too much household mess in the background LOL)

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Then one of the kids interrupts me. There’s a minor emergency, an assignment is due today and we’ve run out of paper.

Disaster averted, I come back to find Sassy cat inspecting the box. You know boxes have a fatal attraction for cats.

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‘What?’ she says.

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‘Yup, this is the spot. Think I’ll have a nap right here.’

 

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Mind you this is the cat who sheds everywhere and being white, she leaves a noticeable trail of fur.

So there you have it. My big girl squee day and the cat steals the show.

 

PS. A big thank you to Clint Langley for the cover and to Solaris for releasing the book as an omnibus. Readers can get the whole trilogy in one big door-stopper!

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Support an Epilepsy Charity Anthology

I often feel that what I do in writing fantasy has no impact on reality. True, I often explore themes of persecution and gender discrimination but compared to someone who works as a nurse, I don’t make a difference to people’s lives.

Then back in January Kristijan contacted me about contributing to The Story Behind the Book, Volume 4, an anthology about the process of writing. It is part of a series of charity anthologies, the proceeds from which go to Epilepsy UK, a registered charity. So of course, I said yes: If I could help in some small way, I would be honoured.

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Kristijan says: “Story Behind the Book: Volume 4” collects nearly 40 essays about writing and editing fiction from some of the most talented authors working today.
These essays reveal intricacies and secrets behind the craft and offer a unique and unprecedented insight into the creative process.

Includes following “Story Behind the Book” essays:

“The Professor of Truth” by James Robertson
“The Bug” by Ellen Ullman
“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker
“The Center of the World” by Thomas Van Essen
“Enchantment” by Pietro Grossi
“The Delphi Room” by Melia McClure
“A Fatal Likeness“ by Lynn Shepherd
“The Scent of Death“ by Andrew Taylor
“The Map of the Sky“ by Felix J. Palma
“Murder by the Book“ by Eric Brown
“This Strange Way of Dying“ by Silvia Moreno Garcia
“The Broken Ones” by Stephen M. Irwin
“The ‘Geisters“ by David Nickle
“Blackwater Lights“ by Michael Hughes
“Cain’s Blood” by Geoffrey Girard
“Rivers“ by Michael Farris Smith
“Your Brother’s Blood“ by David Towsey
“Strange Mammals“ by Jason Erik Lundberg
“The Carpet Makers“ by Andreas Eschbach
“The Ravenglass Eye“ by Tom Fletcher
“The One-Eyed Man“ by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
“Copperhead“ by Tina Connolly
“The Tide King“ by Jen Michalski
“Gallow“ by Nathan Hawke
“Elysian Fields“ by Suzanne Johnson
“Theirs Not to Reason Why“ by Jean Johnson
“Aliens: Recent Encounters“ by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“Clockwork Fairy Tales“ by Stephen L. Antczak
“23 Years on Fire“ by Joel Shepherd
“The Shifted World“ by Philippa Ballantine
“Bang Bang“ by Patrick Malloy
“Gods of Earth“ by Craig DeLancey
“Wisp of a Thing“ by Alex Bledsoe
“Dream London“ by Tony Ballantyne
“Persistence of Memory“ by Winona Kent
“Disability in Science Fiction : Representations of Technology as Cure“ by Kathryn Allan
“King Breaker“ by Rowena Cory Daniells
“Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl“ by David Barnett

All proceeds will be donated to Epilepsy Action
Edited by: Kristijan Meic, Ivana Steiner.
It’s wonderful to see so many good writers supporting this cause and talking about their craft. f you are interested in the process of writing, then this is the anthology for you. You can download copies here, or purchase a paperback here. Please support this worthwhile cause.

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Feeling Chuffed!

I’ve been sitting on a secret for a couple of weeks now, since I was delighted to learn one of my stories had been selected for Australian Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2013.  Had to wait for the official announcement, before I could let anyone know.

The years best anthologies are produced by Ticonderoga Press, edited by Liz Gryb and Tallie Helene, with an absolutely gorgeous cover. Kudos guys.


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Congratulations to everyone selected for the anthology. Waves to my friends and colleagues.

Lee Battersby, “Disciple of the Torrent”, Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land
Deborah Biancotti, “All the Lost Ones”, Exotic Gothic 5 Vol I
Trudi Canavan, “Camp Follower”, Fearsome Journeys
Robert Cook, “Glasskin”, Review of Australian Fiction Vol 5 #6
Rowena Cory Daniells, “The Ways of the Wyrding Women”, One Small Step
Terry Dowling, “The Sleepover”, Exotic Gothic 5 Vol II
Thoraiya Dyer, “After Hours”, Asymmetry
Marion Halligan, “A Castle in Toorak”, Griffith Review #42
Dmetri Kakmi, “The Boy by the Gate”, The New Gothic
David Kernot, “Harry’s Dead Poodle”, Cover of Darkness Magazine
Margo Lanagan, “Black Swan Event”, Griffith Review #42
S. G. Larner, “Poppies”, Aurealis #65
Martin Livings, “La Mort d’un Roturer”, This is How You Die
Kirstyn McDermott, “Caution: Contains Small Parts”, Caution: Contains Small Parts
Claire McKenna, “The Ninety Two”, Next
C.S. McMullen, “The Nest”, Nightmare Magazine
Juliet Marillier, “By Bone-Light “, Prickle Moon
David Thomas Moore, “Old Souls”, The Book of the Dead
Faith Mudge, “The Oblivion Box”, Dreaming of Djinn
Ryan O’Neill, “Sticks and Stones”, The Great Unknown
Angela Rega, “Almost Beautiful”, Next
Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Raven and Her Victory”, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe
Nicky Rowlands, “On the Wall”, Next
Carol Ryles, “The Silence of Clockwork”, Conflux 9 Convention Programme
Angela Slatter, “Flight”, Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales
Anna Tambour, “Bowfin Island”, Caledonian Dreamin’
Kaaron Warren, “Born and Bread”, Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales
Janeen Webb, “Hell is Where the Heart is”, Next

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013 is scheduled for publication in late-November 2014 and can be pre-ordered at indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.

At over 10,000 words, I didn’t think The Ways Wyrding Women would ever be published. It was too long for a short story and would take up too much room in an anthology. But Tehani Wessley of Fablecroft Press published it in One Small Step, the anthology which won an Aurealis Award and now it has been selected for  The Year’s Best Australian Australian Fantasy and Horror. So thank you, Tehani!

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Off to Comic Con

This weekend I’ll be unpacking my boxes of books (no photos, my office is too messy, hangs head in shame).  Must get everything ready for Brisbane Comic Con next weekend, September 6th and 7th. I’ve done several Supanovas (always lots of fun). This time I thought I’d do comic con.

If you come to Comic Con you’ll find me in Artist Alley. Look for the beautiful pull-ups based on Clint Langley’s artwork.

Here I am at Supanova with Lindy from ClanDestine Press.

Here I am at Supanova with Lindy from ClanDestine Press.

 

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Running Away to Write

Spent the weekend at ‘Clogheen Cottage’ in northern New South Wales. Beautiful place, up an amazingly steep switch-back drive, plus it was pouring at times but this didn’t matter. The setting was magical.

We lit the fire and I curled up with my lap top to write a story for the next Legend Anthology in memory of David Gemmell (See the first one here). Felt very honoured (and slightly nervous) when the editor, Ian Whates, approached me. Luckily the setting was inspiring…

Clouds moving up the valley towards us.

Clouds moving up the valley towards us.

It’s always good to get away from normal life, helps give perspective and Mullimbimby is  a breath of fresh air after the city. Lots of alternative hippie types so we fitted right in, caught up with some friends (waves to Helen and Steve), ate in the local cafes and took time out from normal life.

I didn’t quite get the story finished but it’s there in my head now.

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Fall of Fair Isle cover squee

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Solaris have sent me the Fall of Fair Isle cover, artwork by Clint Langley. (Release date: March 2015) This is an omnibus reprint of my original trilogy, which was published 1999 – 2003.

FINAL_THE FALL OF FAIR ISLE

 

This trilogy is set 600 years after The Outcast Chronicles:

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And tells the story of Imoshen, named after Imoshen the First of Fair Isle. When her island is conquered she must find a common ground with the invading Ghebite general, Tulkhan, to save her people from oppression. To add to her troubles, her betrothed who she believed dead, has survived. Like Imoshen, Reothe is a throwback to the original T’En and he is determined to win back his island home and the woman he loves.

The story is both intimate and epic. Unlike many books The Fall of Fair Isle starts after the great battle and follows Imoshen’s struggles as she maneuvers to preserve the peace without compromising her ideals.

For a long time it was hard to get copies of book three of the trilogy, now thanks to Solaris it will be released with a brand new cover that captures the intrinsic conflict, one woman’s battle to preserve her people’s way of life.

 

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