So excited to see the first Trans Space review, particularly from The Falcata Times who’ve read all my books. Here’s a snip:

“It’s fast paced, the characters rounded and Marianne always has a trick up her sleeve to keep the reader guessing as to what’s going to happen as she cleverly manipulates what you’re seeing like a talented word magician.

It’s beautifully written, the dialogue is crisp and the pace is the thing that really keeps you glued to the last page as she knows how to excite and calm the reader down. Finally add a great overall plot to the tale and you know that it’s going to give you something a little special which makes this a serious series for a new generation that will continue to build as well as maintain a hard hitting pace. Great stuff from this antipodean author.”

– And here’s a link to an interview I did for The Courier Mail recently.

– IO9 have a great explanation of NASA’s announcement on their discovery about arsenic-based life.

– Stand by for an update on a live chat I’ll be doing for ASFFWA soon.

Peacemaker sample has officially gone to my publishers. YAY!

Incomings amount to the release of Transformation Space my final segment in the Sentients of Orion series. It’s out in a month, maybe a little earlier, and I’m terribly nervous about how my loyal readers will find the grand finale. I tried so hard to stay true to the characters and the kind of endings to which, I felt, they were destined. It was a completely exhausting, stimulating book to write and I’ve never worked so hard on anything as I did trying to bring this together in a satisfactory manner. I’ll be too scared to look in the book when it arrives, in case I find something I could have done better!

My other December incoming, is Sharp Turn, book 2 in the Tara Sharp series. This was fun to write but still provided its challenges – namely heart surgery during the middle of my edits. I also learned a few big lessons about crime plotting which should stand me in good stead for the future. Nicola O’Shea (uber freelance editor) and Louise Thurtell gave me a lot of extra help and good advice with Sharp Turn and I’m indebted to them. I recently recorded a radio interview with Radio Port Phillip in which the interviewer, Del Nightingale, described Tara Sharp as an anarchist. I was *delighted* at this, because she is essentially – in a terribly polite, Western Suburbs kinda way. The segment will air on January 10th between 9-11am.

But enough about me!

Upcomings… well I  mentioned Anne Bishop is a Special Guest blogger in December but I’m also really excited to say that famous comic writer and new media guru Paul Jenkins will be next in my Super Creatives series. Paul is a great guy and someone who I would call an instinctively entrepreneurial creative person.

I’m also thinking a running a Random Reader Series where anyone can send me a blog piece pertaining to speculative fiction and I’ll pick the best ones to publish on my site. If anyone has thoughts on the idea, please speak up. Does this appeal?

Awards

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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

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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