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Monday, July 15th, 2013 | Author:

 

I’ve been feeling a tad worried lately about the publication status of a 7600-word novella of mine, “The Weight of His Wings,” the tale of a winged man struggling to salvage his life in the aftermath of a great war. A US magazine, Aoife’s Kiss, accepted the story more than a year ago now and scheduled it for publication in the magazine’s 10th anniversary issue in June this year. But the publication date came and went with no word from the publishers. Anyway, I’ve finally heard from them — the magazine and a bunch of others owned by the same company have changed hands, delaying many of the upcoming publications. So my story is still going ahead and should be out around August.

Phew!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 | Author:

 

Exciting news! My story ‘Anvil of the Sun’, published last year in Aurealis, has made it into The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012! ‘Anvil’ is a personal favourite: it’s dark, distressing, but ends, I think, on a note of hope, and I’m thrilled that it will be reprinted amongst such fine company. This year’s Year’s Best should be an awesome one – 34 short stories and poems from “New Zealand and Australia’s finest writers” (the publisher’s words, not mine!), including talents such as Joanne Anderton, Richard Harland, Margo Lanagan, Jason Nahrung, and Kaaron Warren, to name just a few.

The book will be available as a hardcover, paperback and e-book sometime in July 2013. And with 34 stories, it should make for a nice, fat read. You can see the full line-up of stories on the Ticonderoga Publications website and pre-order copies here.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 | Author:

 

Last week I had the honour of meeting one of Australia’s greatest writers, Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List. Mr Keneally was launching a non-fiction book by Kevin Windle, entitled Undesirable: Captain Zuzenko and the Workers of Australia and the World, the biography of the fascinating Russian fellow who inspired Keneally’s novel, The People’s Train, and my husband’s Russian teacher invited us along to the launch.

Funnily enough, both Lazar and I had just finished reading Schindler’s List — again — a couple of weeks previously. I’m writing about the wars in the former Yugoslavia and Oskar Schindler is such a wonderful, flawed and compelling wartime hero that I wanted to read his story again. So I went along to the book launch with my ancient, dog-eared copy of Schindler’s List (it’s now 30 years since TK wrote it, and about 18 years since I bought my copy) and was incredibly thrilled when Mr Keneally signed it for me. I just wish I’d been a little less overawed and tongue-tied so that I could have told him so!

Friday, April 12th, 2013 | Author:

 

I am now 30 000+ words into the second draft of my new novel, set in the former Yugoslavia and present-day Australia. It’s early 1993, and my main character is about to leave Sarajevo and head to Belgrade, and from there the vagaries of life and war will conspire to draw him back to Bosnia at the worst possible time, in mid-1995.

I’ve found the perfect soundtrack for this novel: the heart-wrenchingly beautiful music of Slobodan Trkjula, a flautist who gives traditional Serbian music a modern twist. Check out his gorgeous song ‘Andjele’ (Angel) and the amazing singing of his group of Orthodox monks here.

Interestingly enough, some of the YouTube footage indicates that Slobodan Trkjula’s music is also huge in China!

Thursday, April 04th, 2013 | Author:

 

Some exciting news – Bloodstones, which features my short story ‘Embracing the Invisible’, is on the shortlist for Best Anthology in the 2012 Aurealis Awards!

Now I just have to wait till the awards night in May for a good excuse to pop a bottle of bubbly!

 

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 | Author:

 

Bloodstones, the dark fantasy anthology featuring my story ‘Embracing the Invisible’, is now available on Amazon. Click here to buy it.

It also has a page on Goodreads. Visit the page to rate it.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | Author:

 

Erin Underwood, the American writer and reviewer who penned the introduction to the Bloodstones anthology, is currently promoting the book (due out at the end of this month) on her website. She’s running some interviews with the contributing authors (me included!) at http://underwordspress.com/2012/10/09/bloodstones-interview/. I am incredibly thrilled to be included there amongst writers like Thoraiya Dyer, Richard Harland and Joanne Anderton… Take a look!

Sunday, September 09th, 2012 | Author:

 

I’m really chuffed – I have a new story out in this month’s Aurealis! It’s called ‘Anvil of the Sun’ (thanks to Nathan Burrage for the title suggestion), and I must admit that even though I do have a bit of a penchant for dark fantasy, this was a really harrowing story to write. But I am very proud of the final version. Also, Andrew Saltmarsh has done a great job with the cover illustration. The starkness of his image captures the mood of the story perfectly.

Anyway, you can buy Aurealis #54 by clicking here.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012 | Author:

 

I’m thrilled to announce that my first short story set in China, ‘Embracing the Invisible’, has been selected for the dark fantasy anthology, Bloodstones. The anthology, edited by the multi-talented Amanda Pillar, will be published in October 2012. It features a very impressive line-up including Joanne Anderton, Thoraiya Dyer and Richard Harland, so I’m incredibly excited to be included. The full list of authors is available at the Ticonderoga website.

The initial idea for ‘Embracing the Invisible’ came to me last year, courtesy of a Chinese colleague. One night, over the course of a discussion about student life in China, he introduced me to the concept of “student-mistresses”, modern-day concubines who become the mistresses of wealthy businessmen in return for financial help during their university years. I was fascinated. I decided then and there that I wanted to write a tale in which the main character is a student-mistress, and thus the character of Chen Ying was born. Unfortunately Mr Li, the businessman Chen Ying becomes involved with, is after something far more sinister and dangerous than extramarital sex…

Buy a copy of Bloodstones to read about Chen Ying’s brush with a chilling type of Chinese magic known as waidan.

Thursday, June 07th, 2012 | Author:

 

Yippee! Three stories accepted… ‘Out Shooting’, a flash piece, appears in this month’s Antipodean SF. You can read it here.

I’ve also had a rather jocular flash piece called ‘Madame Melodia and the Love Machines’ accepted for the October 2012 issue of the US e-zine The Lorelei Signal. The story will also appear in its print counterpart, Mystic Signals, in November 2012.

Plus I’ve had a long short story, a novelette really, accepted for the 12th anniversary June 2013 edition of Aiofe’s Kiss magazine in the US. It’s called ‘The Weight of His Wings’ and it’s about a winged man who is condemned by war to live in an underwater city, where he has to adjust to the fact that he’ll never again be able to fly. Yippee again!

Plus I still have another 5 – or is it 6? – short stories sitting in various slush piles around the world… Hopefully I’ll have some more positive news to share soon.