My redesigned Burn Bright website is soon to be unveiled. Not only is the design perfect (Austin Designworks yet again) but I’ve got an amazing team of talented writers helping me out on it, to whom I am very grateful. Bec Stafford is my site manager and manages all the editing and helps me choose direction and ideas. She also blogs and reviews and does the Big 4 Interview series. Then comes Belinda Hamilton whose funny, fresh quirky view on life provides me with endless entertainment. Bec and I look forward to her column (By the Bel) every week. To support that, are talented writers Jamie Marriage and Amy Parker, and soon to come on board Max Smith and Cecilia Jansink. We are looking for quality and variety in our reviewers, so that you get fair coverage . This week Belinda has written a blog entitled Ten Tips For dating Zombies which begins a series. So if you have teen relatives or friends, or you are young at heart then pass it on. It is SO much damn fun that I had to link to it from here.
Well, nearly. I’m going to the Powerhouse museum in Sydney next week to shoot a segment for an SBS doco and we’re on location in the replica space shuttle. Not only that but I’ll be there with Sean Williams – two little SF writers together. How cool! Kaaron Warren and John and Birmo should be there as well. Meanwhile I’ve been having a lovely time dividing my writing energy between Burn Bright 2 (currently called Angel Arias) and Peacemaker. Creating always puts me in a good mood. Had some lovely reviews of Glitter Rose which I’m collecting over at the Glitter Rose site for those who might be considering buying the book. Most fabulous news of the day though, is that my advance copy of Sharp Turn (the second Delacourt book) arrived in the mail. You can see a picture of it here. Now if only I wasn’t getting a sore throat, it would be a perfect day…
I had a brainwave about Peacemaker yesterday and can’t wait to write it in. Been thinking about Virgin’s personality and how I want her to be different to Parrish Plessis and some of my other strong female characters. Essentially, Virgin is capable and strong but she’s also an introvert. Prefers her own company and isn’t interested in sharing too much of herself. Knowing this, it then became apparent to me who she would hook up with for … you know … company. Of course you’ll have to read it to find out. But in the meantime… It’s time to update the play list and I totally love this song. Interesting to compare the two versions though. When The Skids are younger the vocals seem purer, but when they’re older the delivery is way more heartfelt.
Awards

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Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 -- Sisters in Crime Australia 

 

 

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