Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Pulp Fiction and the Aurealis Awards

It’s that time of year again! What time? Aurealis Awards time!

I booked my tickets a few months ago, just a couple of weeks before I found out that The Magician’s Apprentice was shortlisted. (Which, I have to admit, has turned it from a relaxed opportunity to dress up and party to a nail-biting, nerve-wracking opportunity to dress up and party.)
Since there will be so many authors in town, Pulp Fiction Books is having a signing day on Saturday 23rd of January. Here’s the schedule:

Trudi Canavan and Kaaron Warren at 10.30 – 11.30am

Sean Williams, Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier at 11.30am – 12.30pm

Karen Miller and Glenda Larke at 12.30 – 1.30pm

Pamela Freeman and Katie Taylor at 2.30 – 3.30pm


A bunch of writerly friends have been organising ourselves a two week writing retreat for the last couple of years. We call ourselves Fantasy Writers On Retreat, and this year we even have a blog. I spent a week in Berry in their wonderful company, and now I’m writing in isolation in Bowral (which does tend to be my ideal work situation). I’ve been working on the start of The Rogue.

When the retreat is over, I’m heading to Brisbane. Look to the next post for details…

The Magician’s Apprentice is #1!

There’s this weird time-warp thing that happens when writing books. Right now I’m working on the start of The Rogue, while waiting for the first pages of The Ambassador’s Mission to arrive for proofing. So when I hear some news about The Magician’s Apprentice, I can’t help thinking ‘but it’s been years since I finished that one’. (Okay, a year and a half, but when your head is full of the latest book it seems like a lot longer since the previous one. And the previous one to that.)

But it’s always pleasant when the news is something like this!

Thank you to the readers who voted over at SFcrowsnest. I’m flattered and utterly bowled over.

The Magician’s Apprentice shortlisted for an AA

There’s been nothing to report here lately. I’ve been proofing my way through the copy edit of The Ambassador’s Mission, sniffling my way through a cold, writing my way through a short story, and plotting my way into The Rogue.

But last night something very reportable arrived in my email inbox – The Magician’s Apprentice has been shortlisted for the fantasy novel category of the Aurealis Awards.

By happy coincidence, I’ve already booked myself flights and accommodation to Brisbane for the award ceremony, because I had such a good time at the awards last January. The Brisbane crowd really do a fine job of organising them and giving them the glitz and glamour they deserve. There may be a signing event, too - I’ll let you know if that happens.

So, congratulations to all the shortlisted authors, editors and illustrators. Well done!

Yes, I Know My Website Is Broken

I broke it myself, trying to fix a few things. It does look like most of the content is visible, however, so I’m not freaking out about it. Right now I’m in the middle of proofing the copy edit of The Ambassador’s Mission, but as soon as I finish that I’ll see about fixing it.

The Ambassador’s Mission Cover

The Ambassador's Mission sm.jpg



So far I only have vague release time information suggesting maybe, possibly May 2010. I know I’ll be working on edits right up to New Year.


A few months back I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Joshua Hill for the Fantasy Book Review website. I remember waffling on quite a bit, but Josh has deftly turned my ramblings into (hopefully) interesting stories. The interview is here.



I’ve just joined Twitter after snooping around and looking at how other authors have been using it. Seems like a good replacement for the newsletter I once had, but which we never got working properly. But I don’t want my tweets to be all dry promo stuff. I’d die of boredom if I had to be serious all the time. As for what the non-serious stuff will be… I’ll just have to see what happens.

My username is TrudiCanavan.


We’re back from our trip. As always, there’s a sense of relief but also regret that the adventure is over. But it’s nice to be back in our own bed… even if it means having to wash the sheets and make it ourselves.

I’m giving myself the rest of the week to recover from jetlag, catch up on domestic stuff, the internet and with friends and family, and see if our cat remembers us. Then next week I need to get stuck into a novella for an anthology, which will be a good writing warm up before starting The Rogue.

Zooming Along

Is what time is doing. And us. We’re currently exploring Atlantic Canada with friends, in a hire car. Worldcon was great. We didn’t manage to extract a non-broken internet cable from the hotel until the con was half over, but there was so little spare time to spend using it that I only managed to check my emails and bank account each day before being swept up in the fun again.

After the con we left Montreal for Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It is very pretty, but unfortunately not a great time of year to be travelling here as it’s very hazy, which doesn’t make for good photography. It’s also unpleasantly hot. Not as hot as it gets in Melbourne in summer, but much more humid. Still, it’s lovely from the airconditioned comfort of the car!

We’ve seen deer, porcupines, squirrels, bear cubs, and lots of seals. I’d love to come back another time – and see other parts of Canada as well. Perhaps do a train journey. Hmmm.

Internet access has been available here and there, but with four people using it I’m still mostly checking email and my bank account, so I’ve given up on regular blog posting. Mobile coverage has been almost non-existant. I’m mentioning this because someone has been trying to call me, and for various reasons I can’t call them back, so maybe they’ll read this and realise why I haven’t returned their call – and that they should email me.

Well, looks like we’re packing up ready for the next leg of our journey. Gotta go!