This week I’m thrilled to be featured on Galactic Chat, a podcast that showcases interviews of Australian speculative fiction authors.
Helen Stubbs filed the interview and asked some great questions including why I love horror, how environment and landscape shapes my stories, and my involvement with writers groups. We also talked about dealing with rejection, what I’ve been covering in my studies towards a Masters of Creative Writing, and social media.
I often find it difficult to talk about myself, but Helen has such a pleasant and relaxed nature that she soon put me at ease, and I rabbited on with enthusiasm 🙂
You can listen to the interview here:
Galactic Chat picked up a Ditmar Award for ‘Best Fan Publication in Any Medium’, presented at Continuum X at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. (Huge congratulations to Galactic Chat along with all the other winners and nominees across all categories).
I attended Continuum on the Sunday and was truly impressed by the sheer range of panels, activities and workshops available. I wish I could have cloned myself and been in multiple places so as not to miss anything.
As well as catching up with old friends and meeting many new ones, it was a real highlight to connect with a large number of my online friends. It’s something else to chat across the interwebs – sometimes for a number of years – and then finally meet in the flesh.
There is something very special about the Australian Speculative Fiction community. They are an inclusive, supportive lot that generate powerful energy to motivate and uplift.
Between all the social flitting, I managed to tick off quite a few events from the Sunday program including:Young Adult – All Grown Up, a lively panel with Tehani Wessely, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Amie Kaufman, Leonie Rogers and Sue Bursztynski; The Twelfth Planet Press Book Launch of Secret Lives of Books by Rosaleen Love and Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott; the Guest of Honour Speech by the very empowering and empowered Ambelin Kwaymullina; the Ticonderoga Mega Launch for Death at the Blue Elephant by Janeen Webb and steampunk romance anthology Kisses by Clockwork edited by Liz Grzyb. The afternoon saw me at Lost Origins with Jason Nahrung, Amanda Pillar, Leisl Leighton, Dan Rabarts and Norman Coates; and finally, Live Slushpile, a very interesting panel with Cat Sparks, Jack Dann, Sue Bursztynski, Amanda Pillar and Dirk Flinthart.
I’m looking forward to next year already…
Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days 🙂