I have a new short story out: “Salvage” is in Issue 98 of takahē magazine.
I’ve been playing with the elements that became this story for a few years now (the ship with the sewing machines is partially true), and finally worked out what I needed to do to bring it together. I’m delighted that takahē choose to publish it.
I’m excited to be launching From a Shadow Grave at the end of the month. The launch will be held at Vic Books Pipitea, Wellington, on 31st October, at 5:30pm. If you’re in Wellington I’d love to see you there. It will be a joint launch with the Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology, which I’m pleased to have a story in.
I was delighted to receive my author copies last week – they look gorgeous!
I’ve added some more details – including where to purchase, and content warnings – to the From a Shadow Grave page, and will continue to do so as we get closer to release day.
TTL is a new publication focused on fun SFF, and it was an honour to be in their very first issue. I love the range of stories that are included, and that they show a conception of fun that does not deny the existence of hardship or oppression, but shows how adventure, scheming, and sometimes outright slapstick can flourish despite, around, or against it.
I’m delighted to announce another short story sale: “Even the Clearest Water” to Fireside Magazine. Fireside was absolutely one of my target markets, and I was very happy to get an acceptance from them.
“Even the Clearest Water” is a story about water fae, autistic families, bargains, and love. You’ll be able to read it in April next year.
I’m excited to announce my upcoming novella release. From A Shadow Grave will be published this October by Paper Road Press.
From a Shadow Grave is inspired by the story of a true crime: the murder of seventeen-year-old Phyllis Symons, whose ghost is still said to haunt Wellington’s Mount Victoria tunnel. It’s the story of the lives and stories she should have had; stories of survival, adventure, recovery, love. Stories in which she is both rescued and rescuer. Stories of family and music and magic.
From crime fiction to urban fantasy, from Wellington to war-torn Europe, it’s a story I began writing with rage but ended up buoyed by the love and determination the characters developed – seemingly all on their own. I’m delighted Paper Road Press has picked up this weird creation of mine and am very much looking forward to launching it later this year.
Direct pre-orders are available from the Paper Road Press website; pre-orders from other retailers (including ebooks) will be up a little closer to the time.
Tomorrow I’m heading off on a multi-city trip, including two conventions in two weekends: GeyserCon in Rotorua and Continuum in Melbourne.
Here’s where (other than the bar) to find me:
At GeyserCon I’ll be talking about socio-political themes in SFF on the Handmaids and Other Tales panel (Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00pm). I’ll also be at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards ceremony on Sunday night where my short story, “Girls Who Do Not Drown” is shortlisted.
At Continuum I’ll be on panels about Illness in SFF (Saturday 8th June, 10:00am), secondary world settings analogous to the 19th or 20th century (Sunday 9th June, 2:00pm) and post-capitalist societies (Sunday 9th June, 5:00pm).
Come and say hi! And if you’d like to arrange to meet up, Twitter is a good way to get hold of me. Look forward to seeing you there!
It’s been a while since I sold a new short – I’ve been mostly focused on longer works this year – so I’m delighted to announce that “Henrietta and the End of the Line” will be published in Translunar Travelers Lounge, a new publication which explores the fun side of SFF.
The story is about a squid train, a lizard girl, and how we keep going when everything has changed. I look forward to sharing it with you.