Work in Progress Update

Thought it was time for a ‘Writing the Novel’ update. Angel Arias, bk 2 of the Night Creatures trilogy has been an interesting beast. Book 1 centered around the world of Ixion which was darkly glamorous and exciting. Bk 2 is the story of the main character’s return to her home, the sinister and oppressive Grave. There is no velvet and lace and mind altering substances here; it’s more coffins and misery and dangerous underground journeys – an altogether different worldbuilding mindset.

I’ve surprised myself by my choices with it – writing scenes in mausoleums and funeral parlours; my characters having to steal clothes from the dead. Interestingly, not my normal resonances, and yet absolutely right for the story. The process of novel writing is so fascinating in terms of what it reveals to (and about!) the author.

On the PEACEMAKER front, I had a lovely and unexpected email from a descendant of Sam Sixkiller offering some background information for the novel. I was delighted with this and am really looking forward to reading it. The series (2-3 books) is now being looked at by the publisher and I hope to have some news by the end March.

And you can standby for some wonderful news on the Tara Sharp series. Can’t share quite yet, but SOON!

Below are some images that will give you an idea of how my mind is drifting between different kinds of worlds and stories. I LOVE my job.

Angel Arias resonance

Tara Sharp resonance


Peacemaker resonance

  • Cels

    on edge of seat biting nails waiting for Tara news :)

  • Marianne

    Soon, soon!

  • Looks like a mad mix between Evanescence, Celine Dion, and Kasey Chambers.
    Woo for Tara news!

  • Cels

    also in lust with those shoes :)

  • Marianne

    noice, eh?

  • Marianne

    Not Celine Dion, Bels. Noooooo.

  • Cels

    I’m shocked Bel!! Don’t tell me you have been hiding a secret Celine “twitch” like lol

  • Amy

    NEVER the Celine. O_O

    Don’t know how you do it, Marianne – I’d keep mixing up the different atmospheres!

  • What’s wrong with Celine?

    I’ll bet you all had a Celine CD at one stage in the last 20 years. *eyebrow lift* ;)

  • Cels

    Can proudly declare that a Celine Cd has never resided in my collection EVER lol

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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