Monthly Archives: April 2015

Talking writing stuff …

bbsgiveaway… over here I chat with the lovely Tarran for Collins Booksellers. A snippet:

What inspired you to start writing and what motivates you?

I always loved reading as a kid and after lights out I’d tell myself the stories that had been read
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Ian McHugh: Sprinkling the Angel Dust

angel-dust-webAustralian spec-fic writer Ian McHugh’s debut short story collection, Angel Dust, was one of the finalists for this year’s Aurealis Awards for Best Collection – and it’s available here from Ticonderoga Publications (and you should go and get a copy).
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The Bitterwood Posts: By the Weeping Gate

btw2This story first appeared in Stephen Jones’ Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome (Jo Fletcher Books). The title came from nowhere; I was thinking about pirates and ports, bordellos and brides – as you do – and the name came
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Home and Hearth

Home-and-Hearth_ebook-cover_v2Just in case anyone’s interested … the Aurealis Award winning Home and Hearth is available on Amazon as a ebook … here.

Just saying.

Roughs – Embiggened


Flight – roughs

Page02-colOff to meet Kathleen and Sue from Tiny Owl  Workshop to chat about the layout for the picture book version of Flight. Very excited – even Kathleen’s ‘rough’ artwork is exquisite. Page03-colRead more…

Still-life with Awards

All the awards together

All the awards together

So, I went off to Canberra for the Aurealis Awards (their twentieth anniversary) and, no matter what else happened, it was always going to be about catching up with folks, especially my Brain, Lisa L. Hannett,
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The Norma – An Honourable Mention

FemaleFactory-coverThe Female Factory got an honourable mention for the Norma K. Hemming Award on the weekend (the actual award being taken out by Paddy O’Reilly’s very excellent novel The Wonders)! From the Judges’ Report:

For the 2015 competition, the Judges also saw
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The Bitterwood Posts: Terrible As An Army with Banners


Kathleen’s final cover art

This is the story that always make me cry, so I can never read it out anywhere or I’ll end up as a snotty, blubbering mess. It’s a mix of letters and diary entries; it starts with one sister
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The Bitterwood Posts: The Bitterwood Bible


Kathleen’s art

“The Bitterwood Bible” was always going to be an important story in this collection because it tells the history of the actual Bitterwood Bible and Murciana who made it. I’d given a lot of thought to Murciana because in
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