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So here’s what I’ve been counting down to. *silly grin*

Low-Fantasy-Dodo-Banner-400x200I am beyond excited to announce that on 31 May 2018 my first novel, The Beast’s Heart, will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. (If you click on the image above, it will take you to the announcement on the Hodderscape website.) Here’s a little snippet of what they say about it to whet your appetite:

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. Both the writing and story-telling are lush and evocative, rich and achingly exquisite; this novel is the epitome of psychological depth and descriptive beauty.

*Blushes*

The Beast’s Heart (formerly known as Novel Project #1) was my way of immersing myself in one of my favourite fairy tales, and in my very own fairy-tale-come-true was picked up by Hodder & Stoughton out of the open submissions process they (bravely) ran in 2015. (Bravely: they got 1445 submissions! That is a LOT of reading!)

There is a bit of celebrating going on in my house tonight.

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Noted Festival imminent

Noted Writers Festival starts on Wednesday and I am operating on full warp to get all my stuff done in the lead up. (Example tasks include drafting writing prompts for kids about exploding koala bums and spiders with no pants on, and emailing writers to ask them to describe themselves as a bottle of wine.) But I have also had to wrestle with several Excel spreadsheets in the process, so it’s not all fun and games.

It never rains but it pours, so as well as all this I’ve had a major bit of work to do for this year’s Conflux, plus some other secret writers’ business that just happened to come up at the same time.

I think I’m almost on top of it. Who needs sleep anyway?

So if you’re in Canberra next week and you feel like doing some free writing workshops…

Or you want to hang out with some fascinating writerly types and hear what they have to say on stuff…

See some live art (and maybe even get involved in making it)…

I would love to see you at one of the events! The pics above link to the program, which is wildly diverse and amazing.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to participate from the comfort of your own internet connection, we have a genuinely awesome program of digital events for you to check out, such as…

I’m so excited! It’s going to be fab and it’s nearly here!

Aurealis and Swancon revisited

Just in case anyone thought I wasn’t still wallowing in the pleasure of my first ever award…

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Here’s a few of my fave pics from that evening.

The OMG moment… And celebrating with my gorgeous family afterwards.

And here’s a few other snaps from the evening (courtesy of Cat Sparks, whose full album of Swancon & the Aurealis Awards is on Flickr).

Other fave moments from the evening included getting to see Sam Murray pick up her Aurealis for Best Science Fiction Short Story; watching Sam deliver Tim Napper’s speech for his win for Best Horror Short Story; and having the honour of accepting Kaaron Warren’s award on her behalf for Best Horror Novel. (If you’re interested, the #fauxcon hashtag chronicles my Canberra crowd’s celebration of the evening from back home. Made me wish I could be in two places at once.) All the winners are up on the Aurealis website.

And here’s a few pics from the day I spent at Swancon in Perth (again, thank you Cat Sparks!). I caught a GOH talk with Traci Harding, attended *two* book launches, a panel debating various thorny issues that arise in SFF fandom and I got a short excursion to a local bookstore to catch sight of Cat’s new novel Lotus Blue in the wild. Plus I spent some serious quality time with my tribe in the restaurant and the bar.

I rounded it all out with a delicious dinner with friends under a spectacular, purple, fairy-lit tree. As always, the very best thing about going to a con was the people. *sniff* I love youse all.