authors, reading, writing

Tales to Terrify – the Baby Teeth special

Check it out! If you’re into podcasts or prefer listening to your stories rather than reading them, the special Baby Teeth episode of Tales to Terrify can be found here!

My story ‘The Dead Way’ is the last, and Dan Rabarts calls it ‘terminally creepy’ and worth the wait. So get to it!!! I started listening yesterday, but couldn’t get through my own story. I’m torn between being seriously freaking excited (hearing your story read by someone else elevates it to new levels!!) and finally realizing why other people think it’s creepy!!!!! No wonder I’ve been getting some funny looks 😉 

Go on, have a listen. It’s deliciously creepy. 

 

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A Few Assorted Things

Hey! Long time no blog right? I’ve been having a bit of a rough patch and everything is a tad hard right now. I’m in the final slog of my Post Grad Diploma (6 weeks to go!!! maybe less, I’m trying not to think about that too hard!). There isn’t an awful lot of the good writing stuff going on while I try to hold myself together and knock out final assignments, but there IS a light at the end of the tunnel and I can’t wait to get there!!!

So in the meantime, here are a couple things you might be interested in!

The lovely Leigh K. Hunt has Tijuana Nights, the first book in her Nights series, for free at Amazon right now! GO grab it quick because I think it closes really soon. 

Also, the Audio version of Baby Teeth is out now thanks to the awesome people at Dynamic Ram Audio Productions! If you have something creepy a kid has said to share, go comment on this post to have a chance to win your own copy!

And finally, I’m sharing a link for a post I’ve not read the entirety of, but it’s an interview with Beth Morey who is a very talented artist and writer. Her fierce determination to grow and become, and her passion for life are things I find really inspirational. Plus, she’s just a great person. 

I hope everyone else is doing great! I’m hoping to have some fun writing related stuff to share with you in the near future, but for now it’s back to the grindstone – hey, maybe I can finish these last assignments early? lol How can it almost be the end of August?? 

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That time I made a shortlist and completely neglected to mention it

So, a few weeks ago (a month? something?) I had the totally surprising honor of becoming a finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards, in the category of Best Short Story for my most recently published piece ‘The Dead Way‘. I discovered this rather exciting news in the wee hours of the morning when my littlest woke me. I couldn’t quite believe it really and thought there had to have been some mistake.

I’m still not sure how it happened. I mean, I know it’s a good story – I LOVE that story – but there is so much amazing talent out there and they picked my story to be in the top 5, alongside some other really amazing writers whose work I admire!

It was a little mind blowing, and also felt a bit like a milestone for me. I’ve experienced the pure buzz that is getting nominated for something, and winning an award (SJV Best Collected Work), but that was for something I’d edited – this is the first time I’ve ever made a list for a story of my own.

And that’s pretty awesome.

I didn’t win, but the lovely Debbie Cowens (whose story also appeared in Baby Teeth – which took out the award for Best Edited Publication!) did, and I didn’t feel at all upset by that. It was an honor just to make the short list.

Being a finalist made me a little more confident in my writing, made me feel a little like actually, I must be kind of good at this thing, and that’s more valuable than any award.

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It’s here!

WP_001466WP_001475My copy of Baby Teeth arrived late last week, and due to migraines and pain I haven’t had a chance to post a couple pics (or read it yet…). So, here is me, wearing my baby teeth while holding Baby Teeth LOL.

It’s lovely to hold. I really like the texture of the pages and just, oh, it has my name it it *swoon* that always means I’ll love it.

I got to read a few of the stories on facebook when everyone was posting them up for crit etc, but I’ve by no means read them all. I love anthologies for the fact that you can read a story here and there, and they all have their own unique take on the theme. This collection is primarily flash fiction, so true to it’s tagline, it really does contain bite-size tales of terror. I can’t wait to sink my teeth in.

authors, NaNoWriMo, writing

FREEDOM!!!!!!!! And other things

So, I’ve just handed in my last assignment for the year and I couldn’t be happier. Okay, MAYBE if you handed me a million dollars, or a six figure publishing contract, then I could be happier, but for now, for today, I’m pretty freaking happy. I’m free (until March).

This last month has been a creative black hole and I’m thrilled to be leaving it behind. With freedom, comes NaNoWriMo, which I’ll be participating in (though probably not winning). You can find me here if we’re not already buddies. I really enjoy the good spirits, word sprints and enthusiasm of writing alongside others, so am looking forward to spending the month writing my little heart out and watching a bunch of other writers achieve their goals and whatnot.

I’m going to be working on book three in the series I’m writing. It’s currently titled ‘By Souldust and Starlight’, and I’m really looking forward to leaping into it. This is the story that sparked the entire series, and it’s going to be MAJORLY fun to write. Let’s hope my characters are ready, because I have not had nearly as much time to plan as I’d have liked!

Other lovely things I’d like to note while we’re here are a couple of book releases that have happened in the last couple days.

First off the block is Heartwood by Freya Robertson, who is a wonderful NZ writer friend. An epic fantasy of truly epic proportions, this is her debut fantasy release, though she’s had a bunch of romance novels published in the last few years. It’s published through Angry Robot, who are awesome, and you should totally check it out! The second book is due out early next year, too, so you won’t have long to wait for a sequel!

And secondly (lastly) an anthology close to my own heart. Even if I didn’t have a story in it (but I do!! The Dead Way, it’s awesome, you should read it) I’d be pimping this one because it’s all in the name of a charity to get kids reading! That’s right, all profits from Baby Teeth go to Duffy Books in Homes, and who doesn’t want to get kids reading?

Also, those are my baby teeth on the cover, and I don’t think I’m ever going to stop being thrilled with my weirdest claim to fame yet. You can say that you know a woman whose teeth are stringed up on a necklace of the cover of a book. I guess that makes this a bit of a fitting post for Halloween after all 😉

I’m so happy right now 🙂

Hope you’re all ready to get stuck into November, because October is past it’s prime and I am SO ready to move on! Roll on November 1st!

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Baby Teeth

I have always had a soft spot for horror stories. Always. I love to be creeped out, so of course when a writer friend started a group on facebook and suggested we write some stories based on that ’25 creepiest things kids say’ thing that was going around, I had to get in on the action!

And so ‘Baby Teeth’ was born, driven by the incredible Dan Rabarts, with the lovely Lee Murray jumping in to help with editing, and a bunch of awesome writers offering their stories up for inclusion. The anthology contains 37 stories from 27 authors, and all profits will go to Duffy Books in Homes. I really love contributing to worthy causes, and this is certainly one of them.

My short story is called ‘The Dead Way’, and in part the idea came to me over four years ago when my eldest was just four. We were driving past a street, she asked what it was, I told her it was a dead end, and then she asked, “What’s down a dead way, mummy?” And I had to wonder – what was down a Dead Way?

I could never put my finger on it, until this group formed, and then suddenly I was writing, and the story came out without very much brain power from me. I love it when that happens.

Anyway, the book is coming out in just a couple of months, and a PledgeMe campaign has been set up to raise funds for an initial print run of the book. There are heaps of awesome rewards, alongside the options of getting digital, audio, or print copies of the book – why not check it out? At the time I write this, we’re 64% funded, so go and show some love for horror, and getting kids reading, we’d really appreciate it!

🙂