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Friday, October 11th, 2013 | Author:

 

I enjoyed a wonderful new sensation today — the feeling of holding in my trembling hand a hardcover book with one of my stories in it! It’s the first time I’ve had a hardcover publication and it’s a great looking book, if I may say so myself: 488 pages long, with 34 stories and poems selected from amongst the hundreds of fantasy and horror stories published in Australia and New Zealand last year, so I feel very honoured to have a story of mine included. That story, as I mentioned in a previous post, is ‘Anvil of the Sun’, a dark fantasy tale inspired by a documentary I watched about Tito and the Naked Island in the Adriatic to which he exiled dissidents. 

The Year’s Best begins with a Year in Review section written by the editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, in which they give a very detailed round-up of The Year in Fantasy (Grzyb) and The Year in Horror (Helene), covering novels, anthologies, collections, magazines, e-zines, podcasts, graphic novels, illustrated works and other media such as film. They conclude with a round-up of The Year in the Industry. And then it’s onto the stories. I haven’t had a chance to read them yet, but the names of the authors on the contents page is super-impressive: Kaaron Warren (who I once saw give a truly fantastic reading of her short story ‘His Lipstick Minx’); Jason Nahrung and Anna Tambour (I have well-thumbed autographed novels by both authors residing in my lounge room bookcase); plus Angela Slatter, Lee Battersby, Terry Dowling, Joanne Anderton and many more. I can’t wait to read them all!

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 is available to buy here.

 

 

 

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!

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.

Friday, January 06th, 2012 | Author:

 

I’ve just finished an amazing book called ‘Infidel’, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A Somali woman by birth, and a Muslim, she ended up becoming a politician in Holland for a time and is now a campaigner for Muslim women’s rights. At times her life story is a pretty gut-wrenching read, but wow, what an incredibly inspiring woman! A very intelligent and thought-provoking book.