Leife 1I write mostly fairy tales and dark fantasy, with the occasional bit of soft sci fi thrown in for good measure. Even when I’m not working on something specifically fairy-taleish, a lot of my work draws on my love of traditional tales and folklore.

My first novel, The Beast’s Heart, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2018.

Set in seventeenth-century France, it is a luxuriously magical retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale – from the point of view of the Beast.

– Thorne Ryan, Hodder & Stoughton

I also write short fiction, although I am focussing on a couple more novel projects at the moment. My first published story, ‘The Tether of Time’, appeared in the CSFG’s Winds of Change anthology, edited by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, in 2011. I’ve had a bunch of stories published since then, including ‘Wandering Star’ in The End Has Come edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey, ‘Music for an Ivory Violin’ in Aurealis #74, which made it onto Ellen Datlow’s 2014 recommended reading longlist, and ‘Pretty Jennie Greenteeth’ in Strange Little Girls, which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best YA Short Story. My latest is ‘Bright Hair’ published on the Daily Science Fiction website. You can find the complete list on my bibliography page.

I am actively involved in the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and I also help organise Canberra’s SF convention, Conflux. I was also on the creative production team for Canberra’s Noted writers festival in 2017.

A bit more about me? I live in Canberra, Australia, with my partner, two teenage children and a scruffy King Charles Cavalier spaniel. We have a lovely old house, which we renovated a few years ago. I’ve painted it turquoise. The garden is still a disaster, though.

The Beast's Heart - proof cover