Monthly Archives: June 2015

QWC / Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program 2015

qwcThis highly useful program is open once again, so if your novel is ready (i.e. edited and proofread and carefully plotted with well-rounded, believable characters), then enter!


Up to 10 emerging fiction and non-fiction writers will work with editors from Hachette
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Corvidae cover reveal

CORVIDAE-cover-resizedAnd now here is the cover for the latest from Rhonda Parrish and World Weaver Press!

Associated with life and death, disease and luck, corvids have long captured mankind’s attention, showing up in mythology as the companions or manifestations
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Echoes of Empire: Mark Barnes

mark_t_barnesThe delightful and talented Mr Mark Barnes was kind enough to chat with me about his Echoes of Empire trilogy and a wide variety of other stuff. He is most excellent and has three rescue cats, Odin, Sif and Frey.
What do readers
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The Sourdough Posts: A Porcelain Soul


“Poupée c 1870” by Photo: Andreas Praefcke – Self-photographed. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

While reading for my MA I came across a piece by Rainer Maria Rilke called “Some Reflections on Dolls”, and it
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Because I am spoiled …

… in my writing career I have been so lucky in the artists I’ve interacted with – and I’m extra lucky today because the very talented Belinda Jane Morris read the extract I posted on this site from “A Good Husband”, one of the Sourdough stories. It’s also recently reprinted in Paula Guran’s Prime anthology, Mermaids and Other Mysteries of
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Over at the Place of Mark Barnes: On the Importance of Being Edited (and Editing)

Author's own mess.

Author’s own mess.

The lovely Mr Mark Barnes asked if I’d write a short blog post for him about how important editing is to your work at every stage. I wrote a lot. May contain ranting, but
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Movies and Memories

I spent yesterday being unwell and so curled up for some quality time on the couch. I watched three of the Hammer Horror Dracula movies, which seemed appropriate given Christopher Lee’s recent demise, and his place in my
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Horrorology (JFB, 2015)And here’s another secret I’ve been sitting on for ages, the new anthology from Stephen Jones and Jo Fletcher Books Horrorology: The Lexicon of Fear, with cover art and internals by Mr Clive Barker.

And yes, I’ve
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Of Sorrow and Such cover reveal

SorrowsandSuch_FINAL_hiresThe things that happen on the other side of the world while you’re fast asleep! revealed the cover for my novella Of Sorrow and Such. The artwork is by the wonderful Anna and
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The Sourdough Posts: A Good Husband

Random mermaid by Kathleen Jennings

Random mermaid by Kathleen Jennings

“A Good Husband” came from my researches into water creatures. I didn’t want quite a mermaid because, well, everyone’s got a mermaid (note: yes, I know all the art
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