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THE NEXT BIG THING is a chain of book and author recommendations. One author tags five others, who then each tag five more, and so on. The idea is to spread the word — for ourselves and others — on all the quality new writing that’s just out or is coming soon, worldwide. There is a viral quality to the enterprise and hopefully it will allow readers to expand their reading horizons into projects that might otherwise have been lost in this world of continual internet noise. I was tagged by the amazingly talented Robert Hood on November 28 and the wonderful Russell B Farr on November 20, and now it’s my turn.

1. What is the working title of your next book?

I think I deviate from most folks here; I've two hats. The writer (who rarely makes an appearance nowadays) and the editor. Regarding editing, the next tentative title will be Singing the Blood. As for writing, I'm working on a novel I've titled Silence Coloured In.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Singing the Blood was inspired by those age-old adages; 'blood is thicker than water', 'blood will tell' what happens if blood can tell a story? How will it? When the guidelines are released, I'll be looking for new and inventive ideas about blood and what it means to us.

Silence Coloured In was inspired by my habit of noting down people's eye colour. Does someone have blue eyes, or grey, or green or is it that elusive violet I've heard of, but never seen? The story evolved from there...

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Singing the Blood will be an urban fantasy collection, whereas Silence Coloured In is a dark fantasy.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Hard to say for Singing, as there are no stories as of yet! With regards to Silence, it's really tricky. Although one character may remind me a little of Johnny Depp...

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Singing the Blood will be a collection of non-traditional horror stories that feature blood.

Love, hate and secrets; Silence Coloured In features all three in abudance.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Singing the Blood will be published by Ticonderoga Publications sometime in 2013.

Silence will hopefully be represented by an agency, but it's still in revision stages.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me one year to write Silence, and another to revise it.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I've tried to make this novel as different as possible, so I can't say it has too many comparisons to other books with the same tropes...

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The idea. It just wanted out.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

There's a vampire, a werewolf and a human. And none of them like each other much. What could possibly go wrong?

And now to tag other authors. You can read their answers to the same questions next Wednesday...

I tag:
KV Taylor
Carole Lanham
Pete Kempshall
Stephanie Gunn
Marty Young


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4th Dec, 2012 22:48 (UTC)
December 5, 2012 Writing, Publishing, and Speculative Fiction Links and Plugs
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10th Dec, 2012 07:17 (UTC)
Very interesting post, Amanda. I look forward to the new books :)
cheers, Leigh

If you get a chance please check out my NEXT BIG THING post at
Leigh Blackmore
10th Dec, 2012 07:18 (UTC)
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That previous comment was from me, Liehg Blackmore. Just not used to commenting on this platform!
Leigh Blackmore
10th Dec, 2012 07:19 (UTC)
And I can't spell my own name LOL. Leigh Blackmore
10th Dec, 2012 07:33 (UTC)
Thanks, Leigh! Great post!
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Graced, Amanda Pillar's first novel, will be out in 2015! More details to come.


Bloodlines will be out in 2015! Blood will tell... blood holds memory... blood is sacrifice... blood is thicker than water... blood is life.


Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar, features 17 tales of urban fantasy set in the contemporary world. It is the first volume of an annual dark fantasy series.



Damnation and Dames, edited by Liz Grzyb and Amanda Pillar, will feature 16 tales of paranormal noir.

Ready for an adventure? Then put your coat on and step into the world of noir...



Ishtar. Powerful, sexy, and very, very deadly. And due out in November 2011! This outstanding novella collection contains gems from Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren and Cat Sparks!



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 reflect the emotions and images our authors experienced when they heard ‘their’ song from The God Machine's record.

Scenes from the Second Storey was published in September 2010. It features stories from Kaaron Warren, Robert Hood, Cat Sparks and Paul Haines among many other talented Australian authors.



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The Phantom Queen Awakes is available now. It features stories from Elaine Cunningham, CE Murphy, Anya Bast and Katharine Kerr.



The award-winning Grants Pass is a post apocalyptic anthology, edited by Amanda Pillar and Jennifer Brozek, features stories by Cherie Priest, Ed Greenwood and Jay Lake among many other authors.


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

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Voices is available for sale now. You can purchase a copy online or at Fantastic Planet, Perth, and Pulp Fiction Books, Brisbane.

"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."

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