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!
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!
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.
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 a holiday house near a wide, smooth beach to sail it on.
Unfortunately the lovely Traci Harding couldn’t make it to Perth Supanova, but the fabulous Jay Kristoff joined us:
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:
And this wonderful fan, Marta, dressed up as Sonea!
We didn’t get a pic of all the authors in Sydney, but remembered to at the end of the Perth Supanova.
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:
Ah, beautiful Perth. Thanks to everyone who came to get their books signed. We had a wonderful time.
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:
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:
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:
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:
And we had a ride on the Monorail six days before it was closed down:
Though this being the view from the windows, I can see why it might not be such a tourist draw in winter:
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.
Next weekend I’ll be heading to Sydney for Supanova, then the following weekend to Supanova in Perth.
So come see me at the Dymocks stand to get your books signed! I’ll also be on a couple of panels with my fellow Supastar writers, of which there are many – check out this list! I’ll be digging out my copy of Magician, given to me for my sixteenth birthday, to bring along for signing. And I’m rather excited by the possibility of meeting Princess Leia – I mean Carrie Fisher – who I thought was the coolest when I was a wee girl.
And now that I think of it, Star Wars and Magician were both big inspirations that led to me becoming a writer and write the sort of books I write.
I finished the polish of Thief’s Magic, including a search and destroy of certain words and phrases I have a habit of overusing (just, only, a moment later, etc.) and a spell check and name check, just in time to head into the convention for the cocktail party. We had a great time catching up with and meeting people, but didn’t stay long as all the deadline chasing had left me tired and with a sore back (which bugged me all weekend so we didn’t have any late nights this con).
We arrived in time for Nora Jemesin’s Guest of Honour speech, which you can read here. It was as fabulous in delivery as in content and received a big round of applause. Afterwards I helped celebrate the launch of George Ivanoff’s Gamers Rebellion, the third in a trilogy published by the other Guest of Honour, Paul Collins. Next I took advantage of Nora being in my home town to get all her books signed. Finally I set about booking a restaurant for Paul Collins for that night’s dinner, eventually finding Dion, a greek restaurant that proved a winner.
My first panel for the con was Plot 101. After two room changes – one because we had an audience two to three times the size the room could contain, the other to the foyer because the second room was on a schedule half an hour different to our panel. David, the moderator, did a fine job of wrangling both room changes and us panelists, and we had a lot of fun comparing our plotting methods.
After a quick lunch with Nora, I hung out in the foyer for a while, then got to see my first panel: a Doctor Who non-fiction panel called “Silence in the Library”. There was time for a cuppa before my next event, the “We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It” one where several people with an expertise in something make themselves available to be questioned by authors. I’d brought in some weaving looms to demonstrate and give people the chance to try it.
We then attended the launch of Caution: Contains Small Parts, an anthology by Kirstyn McDermott, then slipped away to have an early dinner before hanging out in the bar with Russell and Jenny Blackford for a while.
We took it easy and arrived at midday in time to see the “Misappropriations” panel. After lunch with friends we returned to catch “F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode in On”, which was about, well, fantasy cliches. It was the last panel slot of the convention and everyone was a bit worn out and ready for the next event, the Closing Ceremony with the usual thanks and congratulations.
Afterwards we headed to Grill Steak Seafood, a restaurant I’d found the night before that promised to fulfil Nora’s wish to try kangaroo while she was in Australia, and ours to demonstrate to more people that roo is delicious. Which it did very, very well.
Overall there was a great positive vibe at the convention. I didn’t take any blog-worthy photos, unfortunately. The few I took at the con had terrible lighting, and I suffered a bout of camnesia every time I was outside the con, at restaurants and such. But I have many good memories and maybe some new writerly/fannish friends. Oh, and the new Jo Spurrier book, Black Sun Light My Way, which I’ve been looking forward to since late last year.
Next weekend I’ll be attending the local Melbourne convention. Since I’m very busy polishing up Thief’s Magic, I probably won’t make it to the whole convention. But I am doing a panel…
Plot 101 – Sunday 11:00 until Sunday 12:00
Tangled in your own story? Plotting can be a challenge even for the most experienced author. Learn some tricks and tips from the professionals here.
… and bringing some weaving looms in for…
We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It – Sunday 16:00 until Sunday 17:00
What does a park ranger actually do? How do traditional handcrafts actually feel? What’s it like to cross swords?
… and I’ll be following the International Guest of Honour, Nora Jemesin, around like a fan girl, because she’s awesome.
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 loom and letting my mind wander, the first line popped into my head out of nowhere and suddenly I knew how to write the entire story.
It often happens like that with me and short stories. The idea floats around for years until suddenly it’s ready to be written.
As you can see, my story enjoys some fine company:
“The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats”, Scott Lynch
“Amethyst, Shadow, and Light”, Saladin Ahmed
“Camp Follower”, Trudi Canavan
“The Dragonslayer of Merebarton”, K J Parker
“leaf and branch and grass and vine”, Kate Eliot
“Spirits of Salt: A Tale of the Coral Heart”, Jeffrey Ford
“Forever People”, Robert V S Redick
“Sponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl”, Ellen Klages
“Shaggy Dog Bridge: A Black Company Story”, Glen Cook
“The Ghost Makers”, Elizabeth Bear
“One Last, Great Adventure”, Ellen Kushner & Ysabeau Wilce
“The High King Dreaming”, Daniel Abraham
I love that you can buy it from the publisher or follow the retailer links on that page. Easy peasy.