My second novel, Perfections, was originally published in the dying days of 2012 by a fledging digital publisher and was made available only as an ebook. Surprisingly for me -- as books published in the dying days of years are easily overlooked for awards -- it still managed to pick up a couple of significant honours: … Continue reading Perfections Finally in Print … and a Launch!
News travels at light speed around the interwebs these days, so this post is most definitely old hat by now. But as I keep this blog as much for my own memory banks as for anything else these days, I'm very pleased to report that Perfections won the 2012 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel … Continue reading Aurealis Awards: Farewell Sydney, Hello Canberra!
Wow. Perfections just won the Australian Shadows Award for Best Novel. I have no words . . . well, almost none. Hey, I'm a writer. If I had absolutely no words, it would mean I was dead or something, right? As you can see, though, they are not good words I am having right now. … Continue reading The Australian Shadows Award, or why I will soon have a new skull on the mantlepiece …
Jason and I went north this past weekend for the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival. It was a fantastic event, brimming with many interesting, intelligent, enthusiastic writers and readers. The panels we saw were at times thought-provoking, at times humourous, and the "Nightmare Australia" session -- which featured the indomitable Jenny Blackford throwing tricky questions at … Continue reading From Newcastle to Ballarat, a Week of First Things!
Late last night the 2013 Ditmar ballot was announced and, considering that Perfections was unexpectedly rushed into a pre-Christmas publishing date late year, I'm honestly quite surprised to see it in the Best Novel category. I wasn't sure enough people would have had time to read, let alone nominate, it but I'm delighted that they … Continue reading And Ditmar Makes Three!