Mike Shuttleworth has re-posted an interview I did with him about Raw Blue not long after it was first published – it’s over at Read Alert, the Centre for Youth Literature‘s blog, and you can read it by clicking here … It’s a fairly in-depth interview, covering writing, surfing, the reasons for writing Raw Blue, and what working in a kitchen is really like, amongst other things.
Well, not news about October the month, but actually a couple of reviews and an interview.
Reviews just in for Saltwater Vampires (click on the link to read each in its entirety):
This is the best book ever: “But as well as all the bloodlust and the biting, there is also a genuinely well written narrative. It is taut and tense … It is also very Australian. The protagonist, Jamie is a 15 yr old surfer, encapsulating all the traits: he’s laid back, he’s scruffy, wild and lean …“
Literary Life: “Who can resist a main character whose philosophy is ‘don’t die wondering’?“
And I recently did an interview with the new web mag Flutterzine.
Okay, so everybody is raving about how good Casey Bennetto was as MC of the VPLA night. But I bring you proof: the power ballad that opened proceedings – courtesy of The Wheeler Centre. (I get my moment of glory 52 seconds in).
Raw Blue won the VPLA for Young Adult fiction. I got to share a table with some top folks including Gabrielle Williams (Beatle Meets Destiny), my editor Amy Thomas, and Lisa Adderly and Kristin Gill from Penguin. Best of all, Casey Bennetto was MC for the evening. He conducted proceedings in the style of musical theatre and took the piss out of EVERYTHING. It’s fair to say that I love Melbourne.
If you’d like to read more on the awards, take a trip over to The Wheeler Centre …
And it also made the longlist for the Golden Inky along with:
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith
Swerve by Philip Gwynne
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Confessions of a Liar, a Thief and a Failed Sex God by Bill Condon
Anonymity Jones by James Roy
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Loving Richard Feynman by Penny Tangey
Congrats all ye shortlisted authors.
Two new reviews for Saltwater Vampires. Jamie and the other characters should be counting themselves lucky after being handled with such care. Click on the link to read each review in its entirety.
“Saltwater Vampires is a highly addictive vampire novel which will suck you in from the very beginning (pardon the pun) … I like my vampires menacing and nasty and boy does Kirsty Eagar deliver, these vampires gave me the creeps!” Lost in Stories
“Jamie and his mates are not your usual heroes or vampire slayers. They’re these loveable, freaked-out, wide-eyed and brave teens: flawed and crushed, hopeful and resilient. They’re mates who watch each others backs as well as let each other down …” inkcrush
There are also two interviews up:
One with the charming Empress Awesome;
And another in amongst the lovely vibe of Spellbound by Books.
And a couple of reviews have come in. I’m sure I’m not the only newish author who knows they have a lot to be grateful to the blogging community for, in terms of getting a book out there.
To read them in their entirety, please click on the link:
“This is not your run of the mill teen vampire book. Kirsty Eagar has mixed Australian history, vampires and surfing and rolled out a fast paced thriller that I couldn’t put down. I had to finish it last night, even though I only received it in the mail yesterday morning …” We love YA
“For those of you that like your vampires to be the traditional, evil beings that they are. This one’s for you … Within the first few pages of Chapter one I was getting that nervous feeling in my stomach for the characters. Eagar has done a brilliant job in creating realistic and complex characters who I think we can all relate to in some form or another.” Spellbound by Books
“Saltwater Vampires takes place in and around the sea (Australia is an island; after all). The sand and surf make for an eerie backdrop to the collision and confrontations with the vampires. The eeriness of a black ocean at night, and the loneliness of crashing waves; Eagar captures this picturesque Australian scenery and turns it into an astonishingly spine-tingling gothic setting …” Alpha Reader
Between The Lines have featured Raw Blue in a post.
As has inkcrush in a review that had me missing the characters all over again:
Carly is such an awesome protag – 19, tough surfer girl, vulnerable and alone, hurting (after a traumatic/shocking event @ schoolies) not letting anyone in. Enter Ryan – surfer, 26. With his own dodgy/dangerous past. And, he likes Carly. The scenes of them meeting and starting to hang out and then Carly deciding whether to trust Ryan – it’s mesmerising and lip-biting and beautiful and painful all at once.
It’s hard for me to let Raw Blue go really. So one more day of holding onto it before Saltwater Vampires comes out.