Upcomings and Incomings

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?

  • On the random reader thing. Do you think it might be better to have a general theme? More specific than ‘pertaining to speculative fiction’.

    I am trying to think how you might promote interest in the random readers ahead of time. Does it appeal? Well I subscribe anyway, so I will read them all eventually :)

  • Marianne

    Hmmmm… thanks for your input Sean. Maybe I could run random topics on spec fic and ask people to send me their posts – something more specific as you say. Opinion pieces like … Why do science fiction novels have a far smaller audience than SF movies and TV? Maybe best blog wins some books. What do you think?

  • I am not sure what your goals are with the series but I’d think it would be hard to spruke(sp?) the series without something to hook it on.

    Are you trying to attract more readers(of both your books & blog) or are you supporting talented writing or both?

    I will do some more thinking on the matter over roast lunch :)

  • Marianne

    what are my goals? Simply this… there are a lot of smart people in the world with interesting things to say, without the forum to voice it. It would be another interacting via this blog. However, I might be making more work for myself than I need. I shall think about it too. Might be one to shelve.

  • Ju

    I really like the idea of the random reader blog – it’s something that would probably inspire me to contribute :)

    I can’t wait for Transformation Space!!! *so excited*

  • Marianne

    thanks for your though Ju. that’s encouraging.
    M x

  • cecilia


  • Marianne

    Hi Cels,

    so you think people would contribute?

  • I think the idea has merit. If you can keep your role to a read only ie no editing :) and you can make them perhaps monthly it should be manageable. I am imagining a stationary blog carnival with your imprimatur as quality control.

  • I’m all for it. I think it’s a terrific idea… Spontaneous & interactive.

  • Melissa May

    cant wait for both books they are on my christmas list at the top x

  • Marianne

    Hi Melissa, nice to hear from you. And good news for me that I’m on your xmas list. Hope all is well!

    Marianne x


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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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