Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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December Calendar – Akkarin

Well, of course I saved him ’til last.

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Supanova Adelaide – the Party

The theme of the VIP cocktail party was Moulin Rogue. After admiring all the costuming during the day, it was fun to have a chance to dress up. Paul brought along an instamatic camera, which is always entertaining. (I call it faux-instagram.)


Me & Missy


Felicity & me


Jo & Ineke


Me, Howard & ? (anyone help?)


Felicia & me


Ineke & me


Brit & me (Actually, this was on the Sunday night, but I had to get a shot of the lovely Brit up as well.)

Supanova Adelaide – At the Expo

After having such a great time at Supanova in Brisbane, I did wonder if Supanova in Adelaide could live up to it. But it did – in spades. And this time I didn’t catch camnesia. (However, I did catch the con bug, and have been a bit under the weather since I got back.)

I arrived late Friday night, so missed the opening, but soon after settling in the hotel bar many of the other guests began arriving and next thing I knew it was midnight.

The next day we all headed to the Showgrounds and to the Dymocks stall. In addition to Rachel, Heidi and Joe I was joined by Fiona McIntosh, Sean Williams, Juliet Marillier and D M Cornish and Colin Taber.

Each day we were whisked away to talk on a panel:

But most of the time we signed books, chatted, shared survival rations (chocolate, lollies, nuts) and took photos of the passing crowd. The Dymocks stand was positioned right by the entrance to the trading room, so we got to see the costumes as they came in from the entrance hall. These two paused to discuss their next strategy:

Star Wars was a popular theme. Here’s Sean Williams with the 501s:

Batman looks on proudly as his son tests his light sabre training:

Who, me?

I had to run after these guys in order to catch them before they disappeared into a panel:

But this one stopped to strike a pose:

Fiona McIntosh, as it turns out, has a soft spot for wookies:

Cat woman struts her stuff:

Steampunk bellydancer and some scary companions:

Eeek!

One of Fiona’s fans with awesome eyes and what looked like a very heavy pair of wings:

Flirting with the Dalek:

Some friends of mine dropped by:

Including Steve, in his steampunk costume:

And his wife:

Then Steve returned on Sunday with this awesome face make-up:

I have more photos – I well and truly made up for the camnesia of the weekend before – but I’m saving them for another post. Stay tuned…

Supanova Brisbane 2012

Last week I headed up to Brisbane to join in the fun at Supanova. Arriving on Thursday, I had dinner with the guests who had also already arrived, and found myself at the end of the table chatting to Howard Chaykin and Tom Felton.

The next day I did some shopping, heading to The Pen Shoppe where I bought my signing pen a year and a half ago. I needed some ink and new nib for my signing pen (turned out a year and a half of signings had worn it out!). Then I headed to my favourite Brisbane clothing shop, Maiocchi, for a new frock.

Suitably prepared, I then joined the guests waiting for the shuttle bus to the show, and met a lovely pair of writers, Rachel Caine and Heidi:

We headed to the show and the signing began. I was seized by the magnetic charm of a fan in a Sailor Moon costume, and when a photograph was requested I begged for one in return:

Awesome. In fact, I wished I’d had more time to watch all the costumed attendees go by but, on the other hand, I got to meet a whole lot of wonderful fans.

Later on Friday Joe Abercrombie arrived. Much stirring and hilarity ensued.

Joe totally gets Aussie humour (or he does a great job of pretending to). If he wasn’t dubbed an honourary Aussie at GenreCon the previous weekend, he certainly will be by the end of Supanova Adelaide.

On Saturday I suffered a bout of camnesia and didn’t take any photos. But I can tell you it was fabulous. Lots of signing. John Birmingham, Alison Goodman, Kylie Chan and Marianne Curley joined us and much signing, writing advice and general good fun ensued at the Dymocks stall.

Oh, and there were actors. Lots of actors. And voice actors. And comic book illustrators and writers. I finally remembered my camera on Saturday morning, and took the opportunity to have a pic taken with the charming Luke Perry:

And the totally awesome Felicia Day:

(We hadn’t quite got the ‘everybody look at the same camera at the same time’ thing going.)

On Monday I headed into Brisbane on the hunt for bookstore stock to sign. First I visited Pulp Fiction, then A&R at the Post Office Centre, then Dymocks, leaving plenty of signed copies of all my books behind.

Yesterday I headed home. I had a fabulous weekend and I’m still on a Supanova high. In fact, when I unpacked my bags I immediately began repacking them ready for next weekend, when I’ll be heading over to Supanova Adelaide.

Supanova!

Supanova Brisbane is only a week away! And Supanova Adelaide only two weeks away! I keep looking at the awesome line-up of stars and muttering ‘Wow!’ under my breath. Go look. That slide show of amazing guests goes on and on and on.

My humble self will be at the Dymocks stand with my signing pen and bookmarks, so come by with your books (or anything else you’d like autographed) and say hello.

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.