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Well, I attended the Romance Writers of Australia conference last weekend in Adelaide, and it was great! I met so many lovely new people, and got to hang out with friends who I hadn't seen in too long! (Although the weather wasn't playing nice the first couple of days!)

Overall, I came away feeling super inspired and ready to get stuck into my new novel (and new series - but don't worry, the Graced books are still being worked on).

This Friday, I'm off to the Melbourne Feminist Writers Festival. If you're attending, come say hi!

Aussie SF Snapshot

Hi folks! I just wanted to point y'all in the direction of the Aussie SF Snapshot, if you haven't already seen it. The team this year have done an amazing job of interviewing a million (okay, so not that many, but lots!) amazing Australian authors - and it's well worth a read!

Stephanie Gunn also kindly interviewed me, and you can find my answers here :) I discuss writing about disability, editing, and my new favourite TV show.

Survivor is out now!

Well folks, July 1 came around awfully quickly. And Survivor, a sequel Graced novella, is now available on a variety of ebook platforms!

Want to secure your copy?

Amazon UK
iBooks store
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Amazon AU

Survivor release date!

Well folks, the sequel novella to Graced, Survivor, will be out 1 July 2016!

So soon!

Here's the blurb again:

Billie Young is a city guard from Pinton with a troubled past – she was kidnapped, tortured and almost murdered by vampires. Though she managed to survive her attack, it’s left her scarred and damaged. Now, she wants revenge.

Vere Radcliffe is a vampire spy who answers directly to the king. Recently returned to the city, he’s stuck living with his family – a fate almost worse than death. But trouble is brewing in the streets of Pinton, and Vere is asked to investigate the abduction of a city guard and the murder of several other humans.

Can Vere and Billie work together to find the killers, before it’s too late?

Dancing with Demons

My mini-collection, Dancing with Demons, is now available! It features the following four stories: 'The Deal', 'Broken Reflections', 'Philomena and the Blond God', and 'A Clockwork Heart'. 

It's available as an ebook only, at the following retailers: Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon AU, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

Two cover reveals!

When it rains, it pours! (And I'm not just commenting on Melbourne's crazy weather at the moment).

I have two new covers to release, and it's super exciting. One is for DANCING WITH DEMONS, a mini-collection that features four of my short stories, brought together for the first time!

The second is for SURVIVOR, a Graced novella, featuring a City Guard with a rough past.

Australian Shadows

Well, it's time for more awards! And the Australian Shadows shortlist for Australian and New Zealand horror is fan-bloody-tastic! (See what I did there?)

Congratulations to all the short-listees and a thank you to the judges! To check out the full list of amazing works, go here.

I'm super excited, however, to report that Bloodlines has also made the shortlist for best edited work! W00t!

Edited Works

  • Bloodlines - Amanda Pillar

  • Lighthouses - Cameron Trost

  • Midnight Echo 11 - Kaaron Warren

  • Blurring the Line - Marty Young

Contact 2016

Well, my last-minute choice to go to Contact 2016 in Brisbane was well worth it! I had a fantastic time catching up with old friends and new. The panels were interesting, and convention well-run. Oh, and of course, there were the awards ceremonies.

I am super happy and still a little shocked that Bloodlines won the Best Anthology award at the Aurealis Awards, because the competition was so very tough, with so many excellent works in the shortlist. I am very proud of the collection and the wonderful stories within - and I just want to say another thanks to the amazing authors, the wonderful cover artist, Kathleen Jennings, and Russell and Liz from Ticonderoga Publications.

If you want to get your copy of this fantastic collection, you can here.

More awards!

Well, I'm really behind on posting this, but what a month it's been with awards nominations! I just want to congratulate everyone (belatedly) - what an absolutely fantastic set of short-lists! It's so hard to pick a winner, with such fabulous talent available!

I also want to just spend a minute to highlight the truly awesome stories that are in Bloodlines. The collection has now been nominated for both the Aurealis and the Ditmars - and it wouldn't have made it this far without the stunning content from all the authors.


Best Fantasy Novella

  • “Lodloc and The Bear”, Steve Cameron (Dimension6, coeur de lion)

  • “Defy the Grey Kings”, Jason Fischer (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Firkin Press)

  • “Broken Glass”, Stephanie Gunn (Hear Me Roar, Ticonderoga Publications)

  • “The Flowers that Bloom Where Blood Touches the Earth”, Stephanie Gunn (Bloodlines, Ticonderoga Publications)

  • “Haunting Matilda”, Dmetri Kakmi (Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, Horror Australis)

  • “Of Sorrow and Such”, Angela Slatter (Tor.com)

Best Anthology

  • Hear Me Roar, Liz Grzyb (ed.) (Ticonderoga Publications)

  • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (eds.) (Ticonderoga Publications)

  • Bloodlines, Amanda Pillar (ed.) (Ticonderoga Publications)

  • Meeting Infinity, Jonathan Strahan (ed.), (Solaris)

  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9, Jonathan Strahan (ed.) (Solaris)

  • Focus 2014: highlights of Australian short fiction, Tehani Wessely (ed.) (FableCroft Publishing)

Check out all the nominations for the Aurealis here.

Also, I want to shout out a huge congratulations to Anthony Panegyres, Martin Livings, Pete Kempshall and Stephanie Gunn for their short listee status in the WA TIN DUCK awards! Whoop!

Ditmar awards

Well folks, it's awards time again! I want to congratulate everyone on this year's Ditmar short-list; it's absolutely cracking with talent! (Even if I do say so myself). So many friends are on this list, and I wish everyone all the best! And a huge thank you to those of you who nominated Graced and Bloodlines!

Best Novel

  •   The Dagger's Path, Glenda Larke (Orbit)

  •   Day Boy, Trent Jamieson (Text Publishing)

  • Graced, Amanda Pillar (Momentum)

  •   Lament for the Afterlife, Lisa L. Hannett (ChiZine Publications)

  •   Zeroes, Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti (Simon and Schuster)

Best Novella or Novelette

  •   "The Cherry Crow Children of Haverny Wood", Deborah Kalin, in Cherry Crow Children (Twelfth Planet Press)

  •   "Fake Geek Girl", Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Review of Australian Fiction, volume 14, issue 4 (Review of Australian Fiction)

  •   "Hot Rods", Cat Sparks, in Lightspeed Science Fiction & Fantasy 58 (Lightspeed Science Fiction & Fantasy)

  •   "The Miseducation of Mara Lys", Deborah Kalin, in Cherry Crow Children (Twelfth Planet Press)

  •   "Of Sorrow and Such", Angela Slatter (Tor.com)

  •   "The Wages of Honey", Deborah Kalin, in Cherry Crow Children (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story

  •   "2B", Joanne Anderton, in Insert Title Here (FableCroft Publishing)

  •   "The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner", Alan Baxter, in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2015 (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

  •   "A Hedge of Yellow Roses", Kathleen Jennings, in Hear Me Roar (Ticonderoga Publications)

  •   "Look how cold my hands are", Deborah Biancotti, in Cranky Ladies of History (FableCroft Publishing)

Best Collected Work

  • Bloodlines, Amanda Pillar (Ticonderoga Publications)

  •   Cherry Crow Children, Deborah Kalin, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)

  •   Cranky Ladies of History, edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)

  •   Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)

  •   Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, Robert Hood (IFWG Publishing Australia)

Best Artwork

  •   Cover art, Rovina Cai, for "Tom, Thom" (Tor.com)

  •   Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Bloodlines (Ticonderoga Publications)

  •   Cover and internal artwork, Kathleen Jennings, for Cranky Ladies of History (FableCroft Publishing)

  •   Cover, Shauna O'Meara, for The Never Never Land

  •   Illustrations, Shaun Tan, in The Singing Bone (Allen & Unwin)

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  •   The Angriest, Grant Watson

  •   The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe

  •   Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

  • SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie

  • The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best Fan Writer

  •   Tsana Dolichva, for body of work

  •   Foz Meadows, for body of work

  •   Ian Mond, for body of work

  •   Alexandra Pierce for body of work

  •   Katharine Stubbs, for body of work

  •   Grant Watson, for body of work

Best Fan Artist

  •   Kathleen Jennings, for body of work, including Illustration Friday series

  •   Belinda Morris, for body of work, including Belinda Illustrates

Best New Talent

  •   Rivqa Rafael

  •   T R Napper

  •   DK Mok

  •   Liz Barr

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)

  •   The Rereading the Empire Trilogy series, Tansy Rayner Roberts

  •   The Reviewing New Who series, David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely

  •   "Sara Kingdom dies at the end", Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Companion Piece (Mad Norwegian Press)

  •   "SF Women of the 20th Century", Tansy Rayner Roberts

  •   The Squeeing over Supergirl series, David McDonald, and Tehani Wessely


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Billie Young is a city guard from Pinton with a troubled past – she was kidnapped, tortured and almost murdered by vampires...



Vampires, werewolves, and the Graced are at war with their human creators, and humanity is losing. But one girl might hold the key to salvation...

You can get your copy here or here.


In a world where being different is dangerous, Elle Brown is just trying to keep her kid sister out of trouble. But can she manage to keep herself safe?

Graced is Amanda Pillar's first novel. Out now!


Amanda's first mini-collection featuring four short stories brought together for the first time!




Bloodlines will be out in 2015! Edited by Amanda Pillar, this collection features 16 urban fantasy tales by 16 fantastic authors, all featuring blood.


Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar, features 17 stunning tales of urban fantasy set in the contemporary world. BUY HERE


Damnation and Dames, edited by Liz Grzyb and Amanda Pillar, features 16 tales of paranormal noir. Put on your coat and step into a world of noir...with bite. BUY HERE


Ishtar. Powerful, sexy, and very, very deadly. This outstanding novella collection contains gems from Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren and Cat Sparks! Edited by Amanda Pillar and KV Taylor. BUY HERE


Each story in this collection has been inspired by a track from the album, Scenes from the Second Storey. Quirky, dark, insightful and sometimes downright disturbing, these tales are written by an all-Australian cast and are set to enchant. Edited by Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall.


Are you looking for a dark chocolate anthology full of tales about the Morrigan goddess? Then go no further than the The Phantom Queen Awakes. Edited by Amanda Pillar and Mark S. Deniz. BUY HERE.


The award-winning Grants Pass is a post apocalyptic anthology, edited by Amanda Pillar and Jennifer Brozek. BUY HERE.

"Grants Pass is a remarkable, disturbing, and worthwhile read, and one that is likely to stay with the reader for some time to come."

- HorrorScope


Voices' is set in a hotel of horrors. Have you ever wondered what's happened in your hotel room before you arrived? Edited by Amanda Pillar and Mark S. Deniz. BUY HERE.

"Every story in Voices is of high quality, and the editors should be commended for their high standards. This is one of the best anthologies of dark fiction to have been released recently, and is highly recommended."

- HorrorScope

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