Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Facebook Interview Answers

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Thanks to everyone who submitted questions in the reader interview over on Facebook, and to everyone who voted. They were all great questions, and I had fun answering them. You can find a link to the interview over on my Facebook page, or follow this one.

We have more events planned for the Facebook page, so keep visiting!

New Badges! More Swag!

Paul and I have been hard at work making these:

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Back in 2011 I gave away badges, designed by me and printed by my publisher, at Supanova Melbourne and in the UK. They were so popular I decided I’d have to look into having an ongoing supply of them.

Turns out the cheapest way for me to do this was to borrow a button-making machine from a friend (thanks Margaret!), order blanks from the US and make them myself. Being a crafty hands-on sort of person with a background in graphic design this was doubly fun, though it was pretty time-consuming.

Last time I had three quotes. This time I have four – the same ones I use on my bookmarks. I also couldn’t resist making a sets of theses:

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Which I might offer up as prizes in the future. One set, of course, is for me.

New Swag: Character Sketch Bookmarks

I have a new bookmark design to bring to signing events along with the quote ones:

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It features the character sketches from my Sekrit Project – the free computer wallpaper calendars I made last year.

I’d always intended to make something out of the sketches – perhaps a poster or postcard – but I wanted to redraw a few and do some tweaking so they all matched in line weight and style. It took me six months to find the time. In the end I chose to make bookmarks because I need an alternative to the quote bookmarks for fans who come to signings where english isn’t a well-known second language.

(Please note: since I produce these bookmarks myself in small quantities, I only give them out as a thank you gift to fans who come to signings or as competition prizes, not to anyone who emails to ask for some.)

Ask Me a Question

Orbit have a whole lot of exciting plans for my new Facebook fan page. Currently they are inviting readers to submit questions to me – and if you haven’t already asked one be quick as they’ll soon be closing to new questions. They’ll be putting the questions up for a vote soon, and then the top five will be sent on to me.

I’m curious to see what people will most want to know!

The Magicians’ Guild ebook for £1.99 (UK only)

Yep, the first book of the Black Magician Trilogy, The Magicians’ Guild, is part of the Amazon Summer Sale. If you live in the UK you can pick it up for just £1.99!

Paperback Traitor Queen

Today The Traitor Queen was released in paperback. Yay!

To mark the occasion, my publisher has written a lovely post over at the Orbit blog that has some amazing facts and figures for my books, none that would be so amazing if it weren’t for all my wonderful fans.

My revamped Facebook page is looking good, with a video of me giving a quick overview of all my books.

And if you vote for it today, it might win the David Gemmel Legend Award!

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 old tv shows on weekday afternoons. My employer had ‘flexitime’ which allowed us to arrive and leave earlier or later so long as we made up our hours. I used to go in early so I could come home in time to watch Degrassi High, Roger Ramjet, Monkey and – best of all – Doctor Who. I finally got to see the show I’d missed out on as a child.

I was thrilled when the new Doctor Who series began. I’ve been enjoying the new adventures and discovering that an awful lot of my Australian friends are huge fans of the show as well. So you can imagine my excitement when BBC books emailed to ask if I’d like to write a Doctor Who story.

It will be a Time Trip – novella-sized digital-only story published as part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. Here’s the press release:

BBC BOOKS TAKE DOCTOR WHO FICTION TO A NEW LEVEL

BBC Books is delighted to announce Time Trips, an exciting addition to their hugely popular Doctor Who digital list. Following the success of of the three digital-only e-shorts published last Autumn and earlier this year (The Angel’s Kiss, Devil in the Smoke and Summer Falls, each of which tied into a particular episode), as well as Doctor Who novels with Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds, Jenny Colgan and the estate of Douglas Adams. Time Trips is set to build on that success and expand the Doctor Who readership even further.

A new, long-term digital strand for the Doctor Who list, Time Trips will feature an exciting mix of high-profile commercial and literary writers, each of whom will write a 10,000 word adventure for their favourite Doctor. Authors confirmed so far include Nick Harkaway, AL Kennedy, Jenny Colgan and Trudi Canavan, with more to be announced shortly. From romantic fiction to high fantasy to high thrillers, there are a lot of Doctor Who fans in the literary world!

BBC Books Senior Editorial Director Albert De-Petrillo bought world rights in each of the stories. De-Petrillo said ‘Time Trips is a project I have long wanted to do. There’s a unique affection for Doctor Who amongst writers and readers across genres and I can’t believe our good luck to have Nick Harkaway, AL Kennedy, Jenny Colgan and Trudi Canavan on the launch list. It’s a truly formidable line-up, with more to come. This series really is taking Doctor Who fiction to a new level and I can’t wait for people to read these brilliant stories’

AL Kennedy said ‘I was first introduced to Doctor Who when I was three or four and he has been a happy part of my life ever since. I am delighted to become in any way a part of his stories’

Jenny Colgan, also a lifelong Doctor Who fan, said ‘It is such an honour to be part of the prestigous Time Trips line-up, with so many excitingly fresh perspectives on the Doctor’s life and adventures’ .

Nick Harkaway added ‘ There is a list of calls you want and know you’ll never get. Joel Rubichon invites you to eat any time; Penelope Cruz needs a tango partner…and then someone calls and asks you if you want to write a story for a new BBC Books’ Doctor Who digital series. And that is the real thing and it feels every bit as fantastic as you would imagine. I’m sure the tango would be good too, mind you’

BBC Books plan to release the first in the Time Trips series at the end of the year, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, with further stories to be published throughout 2014. Each story will be priced at £1.99. A print collection is due for release next year. Additional authors will be announced in the coming months.

The Most Fun I’ve Had Researching a Story

Last weekend I did a little research…

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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 a holiday house near a wide, smooth beach to sail it on.

Supanova-ing in Perth

Unfortunately the lovely Traci Harding couldn’t make it to Perth Supanova, but the fabulous Jay Kristoff joined us:

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There were plenty of costumes and I was able to leap up out of my seat to photograph a few. And one lunch hour I roamed around, taking pictures:

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And this wonderful fan, Marta, dressed up as Sonea!

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We didn’t get a pic of all the authors in Sydney, but remembered to at the end of the Perth Supanova.

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Afterwards Paul and I stayed in Perth for a few days of rest, recovery and touristy adventures, including a cruise on the Swan River to Freemantle. I took this shot of Perth as we were returning:

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Ah, beautiful Perth. Thanks to everyone who came to get their books signed. We had a wonderful time.

Going Supanova in Sydney

I had a fabulous time at Supanova Sydney and signed books for oodles of fans – thank you everyone who dropped by!

It was great to meet Raymond Feist, hang with Jana Oliver and catch up with Aussie authors such as Kylie Chan, Juliette Marillier and Colin Taber – and to finally meet Traci Harding. It was curious to see how many people would move from Traci’s signing queue to mine and visa versa. There was also a lot of back and forth from Kylie Chan’s queue to Traci’s and mine as well. Which is interesting, as the three of us write very different kinds of fantasy – me: alternate world fantasy, Traci: time travel historical fantasy, Kylie: modern day chinese inspired fantasy.

I’m sure it was the biggest Supanova I’ve been to. Here’s one small bit seen from the green room. This room was about three times the size shown, and there were at least two more rooms at least as big, though I never got the chance to see how far one extended:

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There didn’t appear to be as many fabulous costumes as at past Supanovas and I have no photos of them. However, the position of the Kunikunya stand meant we didn’t get much through traffic, and we were very busy most of the time. But nobody could fail to note the new trend:

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It seemed every third person was wearing a onesie. Not having been to a Sydney Supanova before, I don’t know if costuming is less popular there, but I do wonder if the onesie has simply become the easier – and warmer – alternative. (The term ‘lamesie’ was uttered a few times toward the end of the show, I have to admit.)

I did manage to find a spare half hour to shop each day. The first day I bought this beautiful necklace from the lovely Jubly Umph Originals:

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After the show we stayed in Sydney for a few days, dodging unusually heavy rain for Sydney to play tourist and do more shopping. I also did a little sketching:

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And we had a ride on the Monorail six days before it was closed down:

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Though this being the view from the windows, I can see why it might not be such a tourist draw in winter:

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I have a theory the monorail would experience a revival as a tourist attraction if they painted them to look like cats. But maybe I’m the only one who’d find that amusing.

We had a great time in Sydney, at Supanova and about town. Mid-way through the week we headed West to Perth… but I’ll save that for another blog post.