It was a big one! Headed off to the Joanna Fowler Network fundraiser and was thoroughly entertained by the zumba dancers and a lovely fashion parade. The hall was filled with stalls selling candles, gift-ware, stationary and all sorts of lovely things. I talked for a while about writing and then we drew some amazing raffle prizes, including a $900 gift basket from Harbourside Day Spa. Mrs Fowler spoke at the end and was very emotional about the support. Katie and Sarah Brewster were amazing and I hope are having a well deserved rest today. Huge effort ladies! I then headed home to get the news that Transformation Space won Best Science Fiction Novel at the Aurealis Awards. Trans Space is the final book in the Sentients of Orion series and probably the hardest book I’ve ever written. It was a complex and sweeping series that required intricate plot mechanics to get it to pull together. Not only that but I wrote most of it when I was suffering badly from my heart symptoms. Just goes to show what you can do when you have the passion! Below is my acceptance speech which was read by Sean Williams: Hi Everyone, Be assured that if Sean is reading this, that I’m keeled over in a corner somewhere from shock. Having been a finalist a number of times, I never really expected to take the next step. I’ve asked Sean to accept on my behalf because, aside from being my friend, he knows more than anyone else how difficult it is to survive as a Science Fiction novelist in Australia, and this award is as much about him and his legacy, as it is about me wining tonight. Congratulations to Sarah Creasy as well for her nomination. I’m thrilled to be on an all girls shortlist with her. I couldn’t be with you this evening as I’m speaking at a fundraiser at my son’s school. His chemistry teacher had a bad fall and was left severely and permanently injured. This night is to raise money for the equipment that she needs to move home. So, much as I’d love to be with you all on our annual night of genre celebration, it was very important that I was a part of their efforts. Now, to some thank you’s. Firstly, to my agent to Tara Wynne, who I love and without who life wouldn’t be the same. To my publisher, Orbit Books who took a risk with a Australian writing cyberpunk nearly ten years ago, and who have been nothing but a pleasure to work with. Extra special thanks go to Darren Nash who edited all the Sentients of Orion novels and made me believe I could do it.  His confidence helped me grow as a person, not just  as a writer. Also, to my writing buddies, Writers on the Rise, who are never far from my side. And lastly, my family, who are curiously proud of their slightly-odd-but-never-boring, mother, sister, aunt, and wife. And of course to you all tonight, many of who are my dear friends. You should know that this award means a whole universe to me. Thank you. MDP x To this, I would like to add a few more thanks. Firstly, to Amy Parker who proofread and nitpicked over the raw manusrcipt and helped me make it a better story. If you look in the sidebar you can see her business contact. I highly recommend her services. Secondly, I want to thank all the readers who stayed with a series that was different from the space opera norm, and trusted me to deliver a story worth reading. Finally, I’d like to thank the MDPWebber’s: Bec Stafford, Kylie Fox, Mandy Wrangles, Bel Hamilton, Amy Parker, Cels Jansink, Jamie Marriage, Janette Dalgliesh and (more recently) Phil Coss. Your support and cheering from the side feels like my family.
Sorry I’ve been absent for a few days. Had a quick trip to Sydney in which I managed to cram in an awful lot, only to return to two days of kids-sport-driving-duties. Anyway… the shooting of the segment for the SBS doco was a HUGE amount of fun. Julie Zemiro really was a fabulous host and the production team were friendly and helpful. Sean, Karen and I had our ten cents worth about how sex will be in the future and I believe the documentary will be aired mid next year, so you’ll have until them to find out what we think! Kaaron and Sean were a little more optimistic than me about the notion that we will retain a need for connectedness and romantic love. I got a ridiculous thrill just being in the replica space shuttle even though it looked like something from a Star Trek set. The photo above was taken there on Sean’s phone, so a little blurred. I stayed in the heart of China town at the Quest apartments. Managed to tick two weeks on my internet instead of twenty four hours and had a nasty surprise when they tried to charge me $135 when it should have been $20. Was great to be able to wander into the Sussex Food Court and have dumplings though. I also popped into Random House and had an exciting meeting with sales and PR about my forthcoming YA novel, Burn Bright. All sorts of good stuff in store for you all. Then had lunch with my publisher at Allen and Unwin, which was a great catch up as we plotted the next Tara Sharp books. Did a fly-by of Galaxy Bookshop to sign some books and had a nice chat with Mark Timmony. Tara Moss had been in signing The Blood Countess, her new paranormal novel, the night before and I just missed catching up with her which was a shame. But the evening was spent well with Yunyu working out out project details for next year, which we should be able to talk about soon. I was delighted to discover that Gloria Jeans had free wifi and then remembered that my battery was buggered, so I read for the free hour I had in between meetings. Back home then and immediately forced to forget that I even have a writing career… it was all, I think, a dream…
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…
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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