Qld Literary Awards

You know, the ones that are now sans Premier. Night Beach has been shortlisted for the Young Adult category, so that’s nice to know. Congratulations also to Margo Lanagan, Vikki Wakefield, Neil Grant and Judith Clarke, and to their beautiful books. 

Molasses and Ferragost out now!

Hey, those of you who know me won’t be surprised by this, but I told you the wrong thing. (Note to self: brush up on details.) Volume 3 Issue 4 of the Review of Australian Fiction containing short stories by Melina Marchetta and me is OUT NOW

It can be yours for $2.99 (or you could subscribe and get a whole heap of awesome writing) and you can read it anytime, anywhere, because this baby is digital. 

Molasses is dedicated to Kelly H. & Trish E. Thanks Matt for putting it in there!

PS I’ve just read Melina’s story, and I LOVE it! I want a book four in the Lumatere Chronicles, and I want it to feature Celie and Banyon. I’ll present those demands to her next time I see her. 


Wear the old coat

Today, magically, I’m back in London, with the one Brit who is too nice to comment on Australia’s lack of Olympic gold. I know. There is one. Her name is Jo, and she runs Wear the Old Coat.

We’re having a Tea Party in this pub. And you can join us, by clicking HERE … Go on. 


Sticky, sweet, and short(ish)

I’ve written a short story – well, strictly speaking it’s in the long story form, clocking in at 14,000 words, not that I was counting or anything …

It’s called MolassesAnd it will be published in the Review of Australian Fiction on the 14th of August, along with a story by Melina Marchetta, which she tells me is called Ferragost, and you can read what she has to say about it here.

The Review is available electronically, for anyone, anywhere, and you can purchase it for the princely sum of $2.99. I will nudge you again when it comes out. 

If you want to read about how I wrote this story, you can do that here. If you are a writer and you are struggling with whatever it is you’re working on, it will probably make you feel better. 



And to celebrate

Carly & Ryan hitting the UK, there’s a feature post on Raw Blue over at Book’d Out, along with a Giveaway (thanks to the lovely and hard-working Shelleyrae!), click HERE to get yourself over there …

Want more? You can read what my UK publisher has to say about the book HERE … 


NPR list of top 100 YA books

Get this – I’ve just been informed* that Raw Blue has made the voting list for the NPR’s top 100 teen books.  

This means it’s in the top 235, despite never being published in the States, which makes me laugh in a frustrated sort of way. So thank you for nominating the book, you wonderfully supportive people! 

If you feel thus inspired, vote again to push it into the top 100, and only good things will come to you … 

And if you haven’t read it yet, but want to, don’t forget it’s coming out in less than a week – 1 August – in the UK. You can pre-order now, and snaffle it for next to nix with free shipping …


*Thanks to the irrepressible Bibliophile Brouhaha for letting me know (via Melissa H)

Looking up

That’s what I’ll be doing over the next couple of nights. I’m returning to Coonabarabran – astronomy capital of Australia -for their annual Feast of Words, along with JC Burke, Patrick May, Peter FitzSimons, Julian Larnach, and Mutuota Kigotho. I’ve checked the moon forecast. Cold nights and a dying moon mean good stars …

Gratitude, I has it

1. I’ve just seen the full wraparound cover for Raw Blue in the UK (did I mention how much I love that cover???). Right underneath the back blurb, there’s a quote from Carla at The Crooked Shelf. And my UK publisher just told me that it was due to Carla’s review that she became aware of the book in the first place. ***

2. Linds from Bibliophile Brouhaha in the USA has come up with a cunning plan to get Raw Blue on the National Public Radio’s Top 100 Best YA Books Ever list, which is crazy, lateral, inspired thinking given that the book isn’t even published in the States. If there’s a word for Linds it’s irrepressible. She’s done so much for Raw Blue and I thank her and thank her but it’s never enough. 

3. Melissa from I Swim For Oceans also needs a big thanking – for her support of the NPR scheme above, and also for taking the time to review Night Beach (you can read her review here). 

4. Someone told me not long ago that they thought Raw Blue was a quiet book. I thought they were right. It is a quiet book. And Carly, the main character, is quietly brave, because in real life that’s usually the way it goes down. But what has blown me away is how vocal and loud and supportive people are about this story. I’ve named a few of them here, but I know there are many, many more of you out there. Thank you for your emails and comments and reviews and for passing this story on. 


***What this means is that if you’re in the States, you can pre-order the book for just over $8, with free shipping from The Book Depository. If you’re in the UK, you can just mosey on into a bookstore and get it there. Yay!!! 

News for June 2012

  • Night Beach made the Inky’s longlist, along with Shift by Em Bailey, Brotherband 1: The Outcasts by John Flanagan, Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner, Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall, Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart, Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan, The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings 1 by Andrew McGahan, The Deep: Here Be Dragons, Volume 1 by Tom Taylor (illustrated by James Brouwer), and The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams. Congratulations to all those excellent Aussie authors. 
  • I revealed The Books that Changed Me in the Sydney Morning Herald (under my nom de plume – Kirty). 
  • Talked at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on a panel with Margo Lanagan and Lucy Christopher. Megs from Literary Life and Mandee from VeganYANerds did great wrap ups from the session here and here. (In this, Mandee proves that she is a super spy with a photographic memory.)
  • I blogged for a whole month (May to be precise) at Inside a Dog. Lots on how I write (or rather, how I avoid writing). 
  • There’s a guest post on Abbie from Night Beach up at Treasured Tales for Young Adults (thanks Alishia for having me).