Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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November Calendar – Savara

Over the last month or so I’ve been arranging, with the help of the lovely people at Orbit, to have all my internetty stuff moved to a new hosting service. The old company didn’t have the most recent version of something which meant I couldn’t upgrade WordPress, which meant my website was not particularly secure.

The website, as you can see, is up and running again, but there are still a few images to reload and links to be fixed. I’ve removed the old blog, too, and since there are links in the site to some posts from that time I’m going to either re-post them or add them as pages. I also have some news to post – a novella publication and some coming appearances.

Apologies, too, for the lateness of this month’s calendar:

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October Calendar – Tyvara

There’s a good chance this post will vanish soon during the website fix up, but I figure it’s better to put it up here and reconstruct later than be late with the calendar.

A friend’s daughter posed for the reference photos for both Tyvara and Savara. (Thanks Beany!) I decided to portray her as a slave, at the moment when Lorkin first really looks at her. Though the pose is submissive, the direct stare is not. I also noticed that in one of the reference shots Beany had crooked a finger, which reminded me of the gesture of crossing fingers behind the back when lying, so I added that to hint at Tyvara’s secret identity.

She looks younger than she is, which is due to the tilt of her head. The lower eyes are the more childish a face looks, the higher the more masculine. But of course, when you tilt your head forward it shifts the eye line lower, which is a little hard to compensate for in a line drawing.

I managed to get the last three character sketches done in the same session. Obviously Savara is next. And I’m sure you can guess who I’ve saved for last.

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Down for Maintenance

Over the next few weeks this site will be getting a bit of an overhaul. When all is done it shouldn’t look any different, but some bugs should be fixed. As you may have already noticed, a few links aren’t working and lots of images.

The contact email should still work for a while, but comments and guestbook entries made from this week onwards will not survive. So if you’re here to make either, please wait a few weeks.

I’ll post to let you know when everything is back to normal.

Ebook Availability Update – Good News!

For the last year or so I’ve been checking to see which of my books were available as ebooks in the Australasian region. A few months ago I got in contact with the lovely people at HarperCollins to see if anything could be done to get the missing ones to show up.

Well, after some weeks of emails going back and forth and what sounds like some serious wrangling at their end, they sorted out the problem. So I am now happy to report that:

Amazon – All books available!

iBookstore – All books available!

Kobo – All books available! (But for The Traitor Queen search under “Trudi Canavan” not “Canavan Trudi”.)

Angus&Robertson – All books available!

Bookworld (formerly Borders) – All books available!

Google Play – All books available!

So a big thank you to Deonie and the team at HarperCollins for their hard work and persistence in fixing the problem. It’s great to know that all my books are now available as ebooks for readers in the Australasian region, in multiple formats.

Interviews, Interviews, Interviews!

In the lead up to the release of The Traitor Queen and throughout August several lovely interviewers have called or emailed me for a natter about writing, reading, books and more:

Mark O’Bannon interviews me about my writing techniques on the Better Storytelling blog.

Stephen C Ormsby asks me about writing, books, and publishing.

The folks at Galaxy Books blog sent me some good questions, too.

Crisetta MacLeod of Aurealis Express had me reflecting on my past involvement with the magazine as well as my writing process. The interview is published in issue 44 of Aurealis magazine.

Nalini Haynes of Dark Matter fanzine recorded a video interview with me via Skype. We were having a lot of fun so it goes for quite a while and covered a lot of territory. (There’s a bit where I got confused and said ‘carbon tax’ when I meant ‘carbon miles’, for which I blame the Aussie media repeating the ‘carbon tax’ phrase so often that it got stuck in my head.)

Sean Wright interviewed me for his excellent Galactic Chat podcast covering gay characters, sexist attitudes toward fantasy writers and readers in different countries, and pre-release anxiety.

Ian Nichols interviewed me for the West Australian (but I don’t know when it’ll be published or if it will appear online).

Paranormal romance author Nicole Murphy interrogated me for her A Writer’s Habits and A Writer’s Process series of interviews.

Aussie spec fic aficionado and writer Donna Hanson recently drilled me about Beta Reading.

Thanks to everyone for the interviews! I had a lot of fun answering your questions. And the best interviews have benefits for the interviewee as well: a couple of them had me thinking afterwards about subjects that were only just touched upon and at least one led to a small revelation about recent social media developments.

Now that Book Release Month is over, I need to focus on writing, so my blogging will go back to my old once a week schedule. But I have a few exciting announcements coming up. Well, not on the level of ‘I won a major award’ or ‘new book out!’, but they do involve publication of stories I’ve written. As they say… stay tuned.

Get Reading!

I was delighted to find out that The Traitor Queen was picked as one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down in the Get Reading! promotion for this year. It aims to inspire Aussies to ‘kick back, relax, and get reading’.

There’s a free guide available at the site from the 26th August and from stores, libraries, at festivals, etc. and they’ve been holding lots of competitions and give-aways over on their Get Reading Twitter feed.

So pick up a guide and Get Reading!

September Calendar – Lorkin

It’s been a very busy two months since I drew the last two character sketches and I’ve had no time to spare for finding models. So with no reference photos I turned to my trusty figure reference manual and combined three pics – of a golfer, a boxer and a surfer – to make up the figure of Lorkin.

I chose to portray Lorkin disguised as a slave because there are enough sketches of blokes in robes already in this series of calendar backdrops. I’m also hoping to get some reference photos for Tyvara soon – maybe for next month’s sketch.

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Guest Post at Orbit

When my publisher suggested I send them a guest post for the Orbit blog, I had no idea what to write about. I couldn’t think of a subject that I hadn’t already covered in this blog, or in subject specific interviews on other people’s blogs.

Also, I felt the guest post should relate in some way to The Traitor Queen without spoiling the plot of any previous books, while giving anyone reading the post who hadn’t read any of my books an idea where it fit in, but still be interesting to someone who had read all the prior books.

It was while I was baking up some cookies (I have quite a collection of cookie cutters and every time I buy more I have to use them once to justify the purchase) it occurred to me that this was my subject. (No, not cookies. Sequels.) And as I thought about the process I’d gone through to write a sequel it came to me in recipe form.

So, if you’d like to read about my process writing the Traitor Spy Trilogy, head on over to: Trudi Canavan’s Recipe for a Delicious Sequel. I hope you find it a tasty treat.

Word Counts, Stats & Report a Typo!

My books range from 120,000 words to 200,000 (rounded down to the nearest 5K). In fact, here’s the break down:

TMG 120K
TN 150K
THL 155K
PotW 180K
LotW 170K
VotG 170K
TMA 200K
TAM 130K
TR 135K
TTQ 140K
TOTAL: 1,550,000 words
(That’s published words. When I think about how much rewriting is involved in writing a book, that number boggles my mind.)

Which makes the average size 155,000 words.

So far there are 65 typos reported for all books on my I have a Report a Typo! page on this website. That an average of 6.5 typos per book.

Which is one error per 23,846 words. I think that’s pretty good, really.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know about errors. If you tell us about them we can have them corrected in reprints. So if you find any, go to the Report a Typo! page (under the Contact menu). Check that it hasn’t already been reported, and fill out the form. Please, PLEASE remember to say which page it’s on, and in the case of ebooks the chapter number helps me locate the same typo in the print edition.

And it’s a page for reporting typos, not printing or ebook conversion errors. If your book has a printing error return it to the shop. If your ebook has an error contact the retailer.

(Oh, and I think the funniest error so far is in The Traitor Queen – in which Gol mysteriously turns into God.)

Thank you, and Wow!

The shiny new Dymocks Knox store

When I got the email from the fabulous Patrick at Dymocks Knox saying there were 40 confirmed attendees for the signing, I knew it was going to be a big one. Sure enough, on Saturday there was a small crowd there when I arrived and it grew as I did my reading and answered questions.

Patrick, the sf expert and signing organiser (and no I wasn't telling him off, it's just unfortunate photo timing)

Two and a half hours later I left, with 40+ names I’d signed books to. Which means that a lot more than 40 turned up because many came as couples, with friends and family.

The audience at the beginning

Afterwards I signed a pile of The Traitor Queens, so if you couldn’t make it then head town to Knox to grab a signed copy.

So thank you to everyone who came along, the Dymocks staff who did a wonderful job organising and wrangling the first signing in the new shop, and everyone who passed on information about the signing – especially whoever put it up on Goodreads.