Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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More Inspiration for Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth – Blokarting!

Having been inspired to use salty landscape as a setting by a segment on a science documentary featuring land sailing, I decided to look into the sport. Lake Lefroy was a long way from home – off the beaten track, as they say – so I looked closer to home and found the Victorian Blokart […]

The Inspiration for Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth

In interviews about my little Doctor Who novella, I am nearly always asked why I chose the setting, so I thought I’d write a blog post and provide some links about the sources of inspiration behind it. Initially I only I wanted the story to take place somewhere very Australian, but not the sort of […]

Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth Available Now!

I’m bouncing with excitement, because my Doctor Who novella, Salt of the Earth, is available from today! The Third Doctor and Jo Grant arrive for a well-deserved holiday of sun and ‘blokarting’ on a salt lake in Australia in 2028. Weird sculptures adorn the landscape – statues carved from the salt. People have been leaving […]

Time Tripping with Doctor Who

When I was a child there was one tv show I desperately wanted to watch, since everyone else was raving about it, but I wasn’t allowed to because my parents deemed it ‘too scary’ for a child of my age. Years later, in my early 20s, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) began to replay several […]

The Most Fun I’ve Had Researching a Story

Last weekend I did a little research… A huge thank you to David, the guy who let me have a sail of his blokart and to Tim, Russell, Brenton and Beau from the Victorian Blokart Association who let me interrogate them on the sport. I now really, really want a blokart, and I’m daydreaming of […]

Fearsome Journeys

This arrived in the mail last week: And today is the official release date! Woohoo! Fearsome Journeys, edited by the lovely Jonathan Strahan, contains a story that I had simmering away in my mind for many years about a particular kind of parasitic magic. A couple of years ago, while I was weaving on my […]

A Good Yarn – In Fabula-Divino

A few years back, while having dinner with some publishing peeps in the USA, I jokingly said I was going to write a fantasy knit lit book next. What is knit lit? It’s a novel that features knitting. It’s not about knitting, it just happens to contain, say, a knitter. And plenty of yarns. (And […]

Fearsome Journeys

This one’s a bit late as I’ve been immersed in writing Thief’s Magic and reorganising our library. The wonderful Jonathan Strahan has put together an anthology of fantasy with a tilt toward the military and sorcerous, and I was delighted to be invited to submit to it – not just because it’s nice to be […]

Epic: Legends of Fantasy

I’m still catching up on posts I couldn’t publish while this site was being fixed. Most frustrating of all was not being able to get this one blogged. I could have posted it while I was at Supanova, but then it might have disappeared too quickly among posts about the expos. Better to wait and […]

The No News Post

I’d like to be able to write a blog post every week for this site, but that’s not always possible. The frustrating thing is, right now there are two events I’ve been invited to as a guest that I’d like to blog about, but I’m holding back. Neither events’ websites mention me, and a little […]