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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


Captive is out!

Well, it's that super exciting time when a new book is released! Thank you to everyone who helped me get this novella ready for publication! You are amazing!

Amazon UK
iBooks store
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Amazon AU

Win a copy of CAPTIVE

To celebrate Captive's upcoming release, I am giving away two free ebook copies! For your chance to win, just sign up to my newsletter here!

The two winners will be drawn on 16 February 2016!


Holiday pics...

For those of you keen to see some photos from my recent holday, you can check out my Instagram account. There's a number of photos there, highlighting features from Peru and the Galapagos!

This is probably one of my favourites!

Male marine iguana from the Galápagos #marineiguana #galapagosislands #travelling


Awards time...

Well folks, it's that time of year again in Australian spec fic, where the Ditmar nominations are happening! I have three works eligible this year, if you are interested in nominating me (but nominate whoever you like obviously :) ).

  • Graced, novel

  • 'Neter Nefer', short story from the Cranky Ladies of History Anthology

  • Bloodlines, collection (featuring a host of wonderful talent, and a lot of amazing Aussies!)

You can nominate here.


The wonderful Nicole Murphy has kindly offered to do a guest post on 'The beauty of details AKA writing what you know'. Please welcome her to the blog!

When people get told ‘you should write what you know’, I think that traps them into thinking they can only write about their life eg if they’re a teacher, they should write about teachers. I don’t think that’s the case at all. For starters, you can teach yourself to know other things eg what it would be like to be sleep deprived, or how to blow glass, or how a certain career works.
But there’s another element of this that doesn’t entail learning anything new at all. It’s about taking the details of your life, the things you know, and using them to make stories come to life.

Details are all important to story. It's details that make a story seem real. Saying the hero got into his car doesn’t mean anything. Saying he got into his Maserati, or his beaten-up ute, or his dusty Jeep, and suddenly you’ve got pictures popping in your mind, telling you something about this character. If a character gets into a cab, and the author describes the smells in that cab – that’s something that resonates, because we’ve all noticed the various smells that come with various cabs. Whether it’s the super clean smell of a cab on its first run of the day, or the horror of the stinky driver on a hot summer’s day. The moment an author makes a point of using a detail like this, it makes everything seem more real to the reader.

Sometimes, the details might be something that most readers won’t notice. For example, the opening scene of my novel ‘Much Ado About Love’ shows the heroine speaking at a council meeting, putting forward her case for why the re-zoning of her property shouldn’t go ahead. I know what that looks like – in my past life as a journalist, I covered the local council meetings. So I was able to write knowledgeably about what it would look like, how the councillors would react, what would happen. Most readers won’t know it’s accurate, but it will read as real to them because of those details.

The setting of the story will also be real to them because it’s based on a real place. There’s a small functions centre outside of Nowra that was the basis for Messina, the function centre in my book. The road that Ben jogs along by the river, with the mist, is a road along the Shoalhaven River near Nowra. The farmland and golf course -  yep, that’s near Nowra too. The bakery is based on the bakery at Sussex Inlet. So there were small details I could put in there that will make those places seem real to the reader because I’d been there myself.

How Trix and Ro run the functions centre – well, my day job is in event organising, so I was able to base little actions and details on real things I’ve seen and done. Even though I’ve never actually run a functions centre.

See, you don’t have to done exactly what you are writing about in the book. But if you’ve experienced something similar that allows you to pepper it with some pertinent details – that’s all you need to make it feel alive.

So note things. When you’re out for dinner – note how the wait staff go about their job. When you’re at a conference – note how the rooms get refreshed (or not). When you’re in a new environment, note how it comes together, how it smells, a detail about it. Carry a detail away from every new experience you have and soon you’ll have a plethora of things you know that you can write about.

And don’t underestimate how something you might think is mundane (eg the set up of the office you drag yourself to every day) can become a small detail in a scene that takes it from uncertain to feeling completely real.

You know a lot more, can write a lot more, than you may give yourself credit for.

About Much Ado About Love

Opposites attract—but that doesn’t mean the road to happy-ever-after runs smooth…

Trix Leon and Ben Anthony have two things in common—they don’t believe in love and, together, they set the sheets on fire. Their relationship is safe, uncomplicated, and just what they both need—until John Aragorn shows up and gives them a third thing in common: an enemy.

When their friends decide it’s time for Trix and Ben to admit to themselves—and each other—how they really feel, Trix and Ben are caught in a whirlwind of emotion, a promise of something more. But Aragorn is determined to destroy everything: Trix’s hard work, her future, and her chance at something more with Ben.

Now Ben and Trix are left fighting for the one thing that neither of them knew they wanted: love.


Follow Nicole at her website (www.nicolermurphy.com), on Twitter (@nicole_r_murphy) or on Facebook (Nicole Murphy & Elizabeth Dunk – Author).


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