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Today I have a fantastic interview with Daniel, who lives in Canada but is from Perth originally. Thank you Daniel for coming along.

Daniel-de-Lorne3

 

I understand you have a gay romance out with Escape Publishing. Can you tell us a bit about it?

 

It’s called Beckoning Blood and is about twin brothers, Olivier and Thierry, who are made into vampires in medieval France. Olivier is obsessed with his brother, while Thierry’s heart belongs to another. Olivier isn’t exactly one to take no for an answer so their path through the centuries is littered with plenty of corpses and misdeeds.

 

Daniel, tell us a bit about yourself (where you live, how long you’ve been writing, previous publications etc.)

 

I’m a Perth boy, born and bred, but at the moment I’m living in Toronto with my soon-to-be-husband. It was while in Canada that Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing accepted Beckoning Blood for publication. I wrote the book at the end of 2009 but it’s gone through a number of edits since then, and then took time to find a home. It’s my first published novel so I’m pretty excited about it.

Prior to that I worked as a professional writer, amongst other things, and studied creative writing and journalism at university.

Daniel, what draws you to the romance genre?

It’s not so much that I was drawn to the romance genre, just that that’s where I’ve found a home. I love reading paranormal and fantasy novels, but a lot of them have straight romance in them (a lot of the ones I read in high school anyway). The male/male market has boomed so I feel there’s more opportunity to write (and publish) the paranormal stories I like. As a result, they’ve usually got a gay love interest in them, which is integral to the plot.

What are you working on at the moment?

I recently finished writing the first draft of the sequel to Beckoning Blood but it’s nowhere near ready. I have a feeling there’s going to be almost a full rewrite. I’ve already rewritten the opening chapter and showed it to my critique partner. She loved it so I think I’m moving in the right direction.

What is your writing process? (planner, panster, write every day, write sporadically, writers block etc).

I’m more a pantser than a planner. I start with a general idea about what’s going to happen but once I start writing, things can change quite a bit. Often in new and previously unthought of ways. That’s what I love about the writing process: the discovery. Especially when one element at the beginning, that you thought was innocuous, ends up playing a significant role by the end (and saves the plot).

When I’m writing a new book, I try my best to write every day, and I can usually do it. Once it’s done though, the thought of editing it is almost too much. It takes a lot of effort to get into the mindset to edit my own work.

 

What do you prefer: drafting the story or revising and reworking?

Revising and reworking. My first drafts are always hideous, but I treat them like a first sketch of a painting. I’ll then go back and flesh out the detail, or rub sections out. It’s a long process. But like nearly every author, I wish the first draft came out gleaming.

What part of writing do you find hardest?

Not using clichés. When I’m doing the first draft, I’ll put them in as it gets the words down on paper (unless I’m feeling particularly inspired). Then later, I’ll rewrite as many as I can into something a bit more original. It’s hard to overcome the almost subconscious use the first time around.

 

What do you plan to work on next?

After I get the sequel together, I’ve got two more books to edit. The sooner I get them polished and published, the better. I will have to work on something new somewhere in there, otherwise I’ll feel like I’ve forgotten how to write. I have a few ideas (including one new one that has struck me) but I’m keeping them close until I make a decision.

 

Here is the cover and the book blurb.

The cover of Beckoning Blood

The cover of Beckoning Blood

Book Blurb

A gripping, blood‐drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies — no matter how many times you kill it.

Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir — Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man who both eases and ensures his loneliness…his twin brother.

Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry, made immortal just for him.

Here are Daniel’s contact details on the web.

 

Beckoning Blood is available on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00JD7EYX0), iBooks (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/beckoning-blood/id852042874?mt=11) and Kobo (http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/beckoning-blood).

 

For a free short story, introducing the heroes of Beckoning Blood, head to Daniel de Lorne’s website (http://www.danieldelorne.com/the-boys).

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/danieldelorne

Twitter: www.twitter.com/danieldelorne

Google+: http://plus.google.com/+DanieldeLorne

 

I can’t wait to read this Daniel. Best of luck and thank you for appearing on the blog.

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Ah finally I get to drag Alan to my blog. I hear rejoicing!

Thank you Alan for answering some questions about your new book coming out with Harper Voyager.

Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter

Your new novel is coming out, Bound, the first novel in your new trilogy. Can you tell us a bit about it?

 

It’s the story of Alex Caine, a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents’ moves before they know their intentions themselves.

 

An enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, approaches Alex after a fight and reveals, ‘I know your secret.’ Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him into a mind-bending adventure beyond his control. And control is something Alex values above all else.

 

A cursed grimoire binds Alex to Uthentia, a chaotic Fey godling, who leads him towards chaos and murder, an urge Alex finds harder and harder to resist. Befriended by Silhouette, a monstrous Kin beauty, Alex sets out to recover the only things that will free him – the shards of the Darak. But that powerful stone also has the potential to unleash a catastrophe which could mean the end of the world as we know it.

The cover of Bound by Alan Baxter

The cover of Bound by Alan Baxter

 

Alan tell us a bit about yourself

 

I live on the south coast of NSW, among rolling dairy country. It’s beautiful, we’re very lucky to live here. I’ve been writing since forever, even as a kid I would make up stories and write them down. I’ve got three novels out now, a dark fantasy duology, RealmShift and MagesSign, and a short horror novel called Dark Rite, co-written with David Wood. My new trilogy is coming out from Voyager soon – Bound, Obsidian and Abduction. Bound is out in July. As for other work, I’ve had over 50 short stories published all over the place. I recently sold a story to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, which is like the holy grail for me. I’ve been trying to sell the for a decade and it’s always been top of my short fiction wish list. My full bibliography is here:

 

Alan what do you find so attractive about the fantasy genre? In what ways do you find it fulfilling?

 

I like the total freedom it gives us to explore any ideas we like. We can expand any concept well beyond the boundaries of the real world and that makes it much more exciting for me.

 

I know you have had a new addition to the household. How does having a baby affect your writing time?

 

It makes it much more precious! I wrote my first novel during my lunch hours at a 9 to 5 office job, so I trained myself early to make time whenever I could to write. Having a baby means I’m drawing on those experiences again.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

 

I’ve got a new novel under way – a standalone horror novel that’s a kind of organised crime/Lovecraftian thing with other stuff mixed in. It’s slow going with the baby, but I’m working on it while also doing edits and final proofs of the Alex Caine books.

 

What is your writing process? (planner, panster, write every day, write sporadically, writers block etc).

 

My process is to make time to write whenever I can. No one can find time to write, so you have to make it. I also run a martial arts academy, so I can’t write every day, nor do I think people need to. But you do meed to be a writer every day – that means always thinking about writing and stories and characters even when you can’t be writing. Always look at the world with a writer’s eye. I’m a bit of a hybrid pantser/planner. I make loose plans and outlines, then wing it from there. I’m always happy to throw the plan out the window and go wherever the story takes me though.

What do you prefer drafting the story or revising and reworking?

 

Drafting. Get that first draft down no matter how shitty it is. Get it finished. I make notes along the way of things I think will need looking at later. Then edit and polish and edit and polish and edit again until it shines.

 

What part of writing do you find hardest?

 

The middle of books. I hate middles!

 

 

What do you plan to work on next?

 

Not sure. I want to get this standalone novel finished and hope the Alex Caine books go well. Beyond that, I’m not sure!

Thank you Alan. Here is Alan’s contact details on the web.

Website – http://www.warriorscribe.com

Twitter – @AlanBaxter

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alan-Baxter/115972625096325

 

Book cover and mugshot attached.

 

 

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Today I’m lucky enough to have Craig Cormick as our interviewee on the blog. Craig is a Canberra local, well he has been since I’ve known him.

craig head and shoulders

 

So Craig, your new novel is coming out, The Shadow Master. Can you tell us a bit about it?

It is a kick-arse tale of alternative history, love and conflict, madness and magic. It has everything except a car chase. (see link below)

So imagine a city something like Florence. A walled city, to protect it from the plague that is ravaging the countryside. Then imagine two waring houses, the Medicis and the Lorraines – both battling for control of the city. And next imagine each house has in its employ a learned man – Galileo and Leonardo, who are versed in the arcane arts of science, that can control time and space and the very laws of nature. So science works like magic in this world.

Then imagine two lovers – Lorenzo and Lucia, who discover that together they too can change the natural laws of the world. But each belongs to a different waring house that refuse to let them be together.

And amongst all this there is a mysterious stranger – the shadow master. He is a hooded man that carries technologies not known in this world. He seems to understand all the mysteries of the Walled City, and even the long-lost secrets of the ancients, who built the walled city. And he possesses the knowledge as to how Lorenzo can save Lucia – and save all of civilisation while he is at it.

Sword fights and mad clerics and bombs and magical shape-changing people and an army of plague victims and fire and water and a wise-arse mystery figure. Gee – I’d read it.

 

Craig can you tell us a bit about yourself (where you live, how long you’ve been writing, previous publications etc)

I live in Canberra, Australia. I have always been writing since – well, since I could make up stories. I have published over 100 short stories and 20 books (including fiction, non-fiction, children’s and adult books. (Well, when I say ‘adult books’ – you know what I mean!!)

My writing awards include the ACT Book of the Year Award (1999) for Unwritten Histories (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1998) and a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (2006) for A Funny Thing Happened at 27,000 Feet… (Mockingbird Press, 2005). I was a former Chair of the ACT Writers Centre and have taught creative writing at both university and community level.

What else is worth sharing?

Well, in 2006 I was lucky enough to be writer in residence at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, and in 2008 I was even more lucky to receive an Antarctic Arts Fellowship to travel to Antarctica, which I recounted in my 2011 book In Bed with Douglas Mawson. Link here.

My day job is as a science communicator and I’m fairly well published in academic journals on the social psychology of public reactions to new technologies. I’ve written two ‘outside-the-box’ reports for government agencies on this, Everything you always wanted to know about GM foods (2005) and Cloning Goes to the Movies (2006), (http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0104-59702006000500011) and have also done a lot of talks and articles on Why Clever People Believe Silly Things . (http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/features/a-scientific-view-non-science-beliefs/)

I have been lucky enough to have travelled to all seven continents for work, and it was at a science communication conference in Florence, while walking around the Galileo museum that I got the idea for the Shadow Master.

I have had a varied and interesting life and hope it is reflected in my work.

 

Craig what do you find so attractive about the science fiction and fantasy genres? In what ways do you find it fulfilling?

I like to write across many different genres and styles, from fiction to non-fiction and literary fiction to speculative fiction – and to mix them up as well – but I really enjoy the freedom that spec-fiction allows, to set your own boundaries and styles. I was at a conference where people were talking about spec-fiction styles: steam-punk and clock-punk and traditional sci-fi and speculative sci-fi – and I just put my hands on my ears and zoned out. I think getting too lost in styles or genres can get in the way of things.

I just write ‘stuff’ I really enjoy writing.

Though I must say I really, really like the spec-fiction community. Very supportive, a lot of fun to hang with and not so black-turtle-neck-wearingly-earnest and self-obsessed as the more literary community.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on the Sequel to the Shadow Master– the Shadow Master meets Godzilla. Oops – I meant the Shadow Master in the Floating City, which is a city something like Venice, that is kept afloat by the magic of four pairs of seers, who are being killed by monsters in the canals. And I am using the original Italian stories that Shakespeare adapted into Othello, the Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet throughout the novel too. It also doesn’t have a car chase.

What is your writing process? (planner, panster, write every day, write sporadically, writers block etc).

Each different book I write seems to have a different path to completion. Some I’ve just sat down and started toying with ideas and seen where they take me, and others I’ve meticulously planned and plotted out. I had a rough idea where I was going with the Shadow Master and let it take me aon a bit of a voyage, but the sequel has been more carefully plotted out.

My plan it to just get the words down first. Novels are written by doing a few pages a day. And when I’ve got them there I can roll up my sleeves and go to work on rewriting them. When things are really ticking the first draft I write is really quite good and needs little work, but of course some days things don’t come easily and the draft later needs a looooooot of work!

What do you prefer drafting the story or revising and reworking?

All of the above. The biggest buzz is when I’m working on a draft and say to myself, ‘Damn that was good!’ As if I’ve surprised myself I could have actually written that.

What part of writing do you find hardest?

Finding time to write amongst all the non-writing things: Job. Wife. Children. Eating. Children. Wife. Cleaning. Sleeping. Did I mention Children and Wife? Etc… Though I was once on an Australia Council grant and had the freedom to write all day every day and I found that after two weeks of bashing at the keyboard I couldn’t sustain the pace. As if I needed a lot of time away from the keyboard for ideas to germinate and work themself up so I could then put them down when I had free time.

What do you plan to work on next?

I’m finishing up a book on the science of the Australian Bushranger Ned Kelly. I’m editing a collection of pieces from all the different scientists who have worked on identifying Ned Kelly’s bones and remains that were recently located at Pentridge Prison in Melbourne. It involves forensic pathology and DNA testing and archaeology and detective work through the records and is absolutely fascinating. Watch this space!

(http://angryrobotbooks.com/books/the-shadow-master-by-craig-cormick/)

The cover of The Shadow Master

The cover of The Shadow Master

 

www.craigcormick.com

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Here is a bookmark version with the blurb.sm front bookmark copy

 

 

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Today I have great pleasure in bringing an interview to you with SE Gilchrist. Suzanne is an Escape Publishing author buddy, who writes steamy science fiction. Thank you for being here today.

SE Gilchrist

SE Gilchrist

Star Pirate’s Justice is your new SF romance novel out with Escape Publishing. Can you tell us a bit about it?

 

Set in Earth’s future, Star Pirate’s Justice is the second single title story about a group of women who volunteered to terra form a new earth only to find themselves ‘sold’ into ‘slavery’ in an alien world. Only the traders who sold them know the way back to Earth. And to make their lives more difficult there is a war going on for control of an amazing energy source which can not only be used to power intergalactic space travel but can be harnessed to form space/time travel vortexes. (I can hear my youngest son who studies physics yelling at me right about now!)

In this story, Carly is on a mission to find a Darkon warrior turned star pirate and return him to Darkos to face justice. She also believes the star pirate has gate way maps in his possession. But she arrests him at the moment when he is about to make a deal with a smuggler which will give him the evidence he needs to clear his name and reveal the identity of the true traitor. There’s space battles, bounty hunters and a ‘gun’ fight in a market place so this story has more ‘action’ than Legend Beyond the Stars.

Tell us about yourself.

I live in the Hunter Valley of NSW with my three adult children and two dogs and have recently added a rescue cat to our family. I was raised as a Novacastrian then spent quite a few years travelling, mainly around outback Australia. Like many, I’ve been writing off and on for like, forever, however have only taken my ‘muse’ seriously since 2008. My first publication was an erotic, post-apocalyptic short story, Paying the Forfeit, in the Hot Down Under series with Momentum Books on 1st Dec 2012. My next publication was with Escape Publishing, who released my single title and the first book in my sci fi romance series, Legend Beyond the Stars on 10th Jan 2013. Since then I’ve had two novellas published with Escape (also in the same series) and have indie published, two erotic historical/fantasy novellas, one erotic, post-apocalyptic novella and one sweet rural romance short novel. And now of course, Star Pirate’s Justice is out with Escape since 1st Feb 2014.

Tell us a bit about why you write SF romance?

I love it. I love the scope it provides, the ability to make up your own world with its own culture and laws. I love how it gives the opportunity to combine adventure action and romance all in the one package. I also love how a writer can explore controversial subjects, such as: climate change, cloning, genetic dna modelling etc. Plus I cant help myself where alpha warrior type heroes are concerned.

Star Pirate’s Justice is part of an epic saga. Are we going to see more of it in the future?

Definitely. The next single title (fingers crossed) may be out later this year, When Stars Collide. I also have another two novellas in the works (one is Elise’s story and the other introduces some new characters) and the first single title book in the follow on series when some of the women return to Earth, Beyond Aquarius, is also almost completed. Actually, Paying the Forfeit and Storm of Fire are set in this ‘new’ world.

What are you working on at the moment?

Two stories in my sci fi series (as per above) and another rural romance.

What is your writing process? (planner, panster, write every day, write sporadically, writers block etc).

I start with an idea, usually a situation or an event for example for Star Pirate’s Justice my idea was the search for the gate way maps to Earth and a traitor who has been framed. From there my characters evolve, still very much shadowy creatures in my mind. I usually write up to three to five chapters before I sit down and do a story outline and do a fairly indepth study on the characters’ world. I also do a lot of character background / history writing and sometimes I can get new ideas from working on their past that I add into the story. Working on their backstories also helps me with writers block. I would love to say I’m so disciplined I write every day but I’d be lying! I have a full time job and sometimes there is like zero creativity in me some nights. Any leave days and the weekends I try to squeeze in as many writing hours as I can manage.

What do you prefer drafting the story or revising and reworking?

Drafting the story is the bomb for me. I do a lot of revising and re-writing as I go so my first draft is usually fairly ‘clean’. Its a slower process but it works for me.

What part of writing do you find the hardest?

I would have to say writing the love / sex scenes in a fresh way. Sometimes I say ‘insert love scene in .X’s POV say 250 words’ and come back to it later.

What do you plan to work on next?

I have a list. (I know, so anal but I just love spreadsheets) So, after the stories referred to above, I’ve got a New Adult sci fi / futuristic novel I’m also keen to get out there and another fantasy erotic novella in my Bound series.

 

Thank you so much for your time today, Suzanne. Next interview I’m bringing on the boys!

Star Pirates Justice

Star Pirates Justice

 

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One of my favourite people in the world is Glenda Larke. Not only is she a wonderful, knowledgeable and interesting person, she is an exceptional author. I’m so pleased her next book is out (or coming out) that I thought it would be a good idea to interview her.

Your new novel is coming out, Lascar’s Dagger. Can you tell us a bit about it?

It’s the first book in a trilogy, The Forsaken Lands.

It is set in a fictional world, evocative of our 17th to 19th centuries when the expansion of the Dutch and British East India Companies led to colonial wars and aggressive expansion. The wealth of Asia fed the prosperity of Europe at the expense of Asian freedom.

In my fictional world, a lascar arrives from the East with a magical dagger — and nothing is quite the same again…Image

Glenda, tell us a bit about yourself (where you live, how long you’ve been writing, previous publications etc)

I’ve spend most of my adult life abroad: Malaysia including Borneo, Austria, Tunisia–but now I’ve returned to Australia to live, not too far from where I was born. I started to write fiction when I was a kid, but my first published work was all photo-journalism articles (travel and nature). My first novel was accepted for publication when I was 52.

Since then I’ve had three trilogies and a standalone published. The standalone, Havenstar, was the first published, and — weirdly — has garnered the most passionately enthusiastic reviews and the least negative ones, yet has sold the least copies.

Glenda, what do you find so attractive about the fantasy genre? In what ways do you find it fulfilling?

It enables a writer to explore all facets of humanity with greater ease than any other genre. For example, within the pages of The Lascar’s Dagger, a reader will find cultural misunderstandings and irrational prejudice; the tragedy of arranged marriage; the greyer areas of murder and piracy; misuse of inherited power; religious compassion and spirituality alongside evil, sanctimonious self-righteousness; sacrifice, bravery and honour; battles and … Well, you get the picture. In a fantasy, anything can happen. The secret is to make it believable.

Have you had any feedback from readers about your fantasy worlds and if so what have they said?

Each of my trilogies is very different from the next. The Isles of Glory is more of a kick-ass swords-and-scorcery. With intelligent, aquatic aliens.

The Mirage Makers is really a story about an individual stolen from her culture and family, rather as children of Australia’s stolen generation were, and how she exacts her revenge — and the cost involved. All with mirages.

The third trilogy, called either the Watergivers or the Stormlord trilogy,  is about the preciousness of water and understanding what it takes to live in a desert nation and survive. With magic. And pedes and ziggers…

Some readers have loved them all; others have favourites. As I said above, everybody raved about Havenstar. Probably the least popular of all was the second book of The Mirage Makers. Some people found that very difficult to read because it reminded them of their worst memories of highschool!!

What are you working on at the moment?

Book Two of The Forsaken Lands. Publication is scheduled for January.

What is your writing process? (planner, panster, write every day, write sporadically, writers block etc).

Not much of a planner. Or rather, I plan like mad, then never follow it because I think of better ways to tell the story. I write anytime, anywhere – literally. In the past that has involved sitting on  the floor of crowded Asian airports, or the deck of a fishing boat chugging up the Kinabatangan River, or in a study so untidy I can’t find anything…

I do find that as I grow older, my ability to write for long hours has diminished. Writer’s block? I write anyway, knowing it’s mostly rubbish, throw it out and try again. Until I get it right.

What do you prefer — drafting the story or revising and reworking?

Reworking & revising, because that’s the fun part. That’s when you decide that maybe, just maybe, this particular story is not crap after all.

What part of writing do you find hardest?

Almost everything?

It’s self-torture. Nothing comes easy. You pick yourself up off the floor and try again. And again. The weird thing is that I never thought of myself as a masochist — yet I must be, because I would do it all over again. Every bit. And still believe I enjoyed myself.

What do you plan to work on next?

Book 3.

You write under different names. Does maintaining these identities (blog, twitter and facebook) it take a lot of time? Do you have any tips for those of us who write under more than one name?

Well, I do double up a lot. My webmaster set up a system whereby I can send blog posts on writing/publishing straight to my website. My tweets go straight to Facebook.

Changing my name was at the request of my publisher at the time. They thought Noramly was too difficult for readers to remember. If I were to do it again, I’d start with the name Larke.

There are only two reasons to use different names: 1) because books flopped and a change of identity seems a wise strategy, or 2) because you write several different kinds of books. For example, Melody Silver for romance, Morgan Sheild for fantasy and Mike Storre for military sci-fi.
You can find Glenda on the web

Blog:
http://glendalarke.blogspot.com.au/

Twitter: @glendalarke

Website: www.glendalarke.com

Facebook: The Glenda Larke Page
 http://www.facebook.com/groups/105625628881/

 

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Today I am pleased to bring to you an interview with Marianne De Pierres. I’ve known Marianne for a long time now and as she was doing a blog tour for her new release,  Peacemaker with Angry Robot Books, I thought an interview in the author spotlight series was just the thing.

Here is a shot of Marianne (taken from Marianne’s website)3D-marianne2

Marianne Peacemaker is your new SF Western crime/urban fantasy novel out with Angry Robot Books. Can you tell us a bit about it? Sounds fascinating by the way. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Thank you, Donna.  Well the book blurb is probably the best way to answer this!

Virgin is a ranger in Birrimun (Big) Park, a huge natural landscape reserve in the middle of a sprawling coastal megacity. The park has been created to preserve Australia’s changing natural habitat, and to bring tourism to an over-urbanised world. Virgin’s duties are to maintain public safety and order in the park, but Parks Southern have brought out a hotshot cowboy from the US to help her catch some drug runners who’re affecting tourism. Virgin senses her boss is holding something back from her, and isn’t keen on working with an outsider, especially one as laconic and old school as Nate Sixkiller.

When she sees an imaginary animal (a wedge tail eagle she calls Aquila) that hasn’t been around since she was a troubled teenager, Virgin knows its re-appearance means one of two things: she’s having a breakdown, or it’s a warning. Dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate. Something terrible is about to happen in the park that threatens the basis of human belief systems.

I’ve tried hard to retain some standard Western tropes while writing a supernatural crime novel set in Australia. I grew up on Zane Grey novels and I read the entire Time Life Old West series back then, and again more recently. I feel I understand the genre historically.

Marianne tell us a bit about yourself

Though West Australian, I’ve been living in Brisbane for over fifteen years being a stay at home mum. And that’s pretty much the length of time that I’ve been writing full time. I’ve worked hard and had consistent publication since about 2004. My writing journey has taken me in many different directions and I have at various times been a blogger, freelance feature writer, children’s writer, crime and science fiction and fantasy writer. I won’t bore you with my bibliography but you can find it here if you are interested. I feel like I’ve been daydreaming, creating worlds and characters and stories for most of my life.

 I noticed on your webpage that there is a comic of Peacemaker. Can you tell us a bit about that and its relationship to the novel?

I actually started to write the novel first but got side-tracked by the notion of a graphic novel. The story seemed to lend itself to images. Maybe it’s because it was so vivid in my own mind. Nicola Scott recommended artist, Brigitte Sutherland to me and she really got my vision. She also got stuck with my complete inexperience in comics. After Brigitte had finished the inking process, she asked me who would be colouring the work. ‘Um…’ said I, ‘Oh, I thought you would.’ To Brigitte’s great credit she just hunkered down and did everything without freaking out. I love the colours she used and I loved her conception of the world. My only regret is that she moved on to other things in her life and wasn’t available to draw issue 2.

Should the comic ever get completed, it will follow a slightly different story arc to the novel. More episodic, I think. You also get to meet the bad guys much earlier than you will in the books.

How was exploring this new world in Peacemaker? I notice it different from Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion.

Well fun doesn’t even begin to describe it! I have a suburb in the book called the Western Quarter which is a mash-up of Australian and Classic Western clichés. Be ready for Stetsons, spurs, chaps, cacti, Akubra’s, and RM Williams to all be populating the same bars and saloons. And then there’s the park. How glorious to be able to inhabit the land so fully and then step straight out into the urgency of the city.

What is your writing process?

I write daily, in the mornings, beginning anywhere between 6am and 9am, depending on the amount of blogging I have to do first. I’ve never had writers block, though I have had periods where I’ve been quite fatigued. I deliberately and scrupulously counterbalance my writing life with sport and exercise, to give my brain chemistry time to recharge. And I’m somewhere in the middle of the PANTS and PLAN continuum. A little bit of planning, and a lot of organic writing. I’m big on narrative drive, so the story usually propels me, whether I like it or not.

What part of writing do you find hardest?

First draft is so exhausting. It feels like someone is draining the life out of me as I get those first words down. Rewrites and edits are much more fun. You know the shape of your story by then, and then it’s a case of making it all pretty.

What do you plan to work on next?

WOW – a lot! I refer you to this link. First and foremost, is book 2 of the PEACEMAKER series (working title DEALBREAKER). But I’m hoping to spend some of 2015 writing PHARMAKON, my SF thriller, because it’s an idea that just won’t silenced. I feel SUCH a strong compulsion to write it! I’ve already done a fair bit of research for it.

You write under different names (De Pierres and Delacourt). Does maintaining these identities (blog, twitter and facebook) it take a lot of time?

It does and, frankly, sometimes Marianne Delacourt suffers. The Tara Sharp books reach a whole different market to the Parrish and Sentients of Orion readers, and staying engaged in both those communities is hard work. But I enjoy my online outings, so even though it’s time consuming, it still gives me a great deal of pleasure. How fortunate am I, to get to do what I love?

Thank you so much Marianne. I’m glad you had the time to stop by and the novel sounds fascinating.

Here is the cover to Peacemaker.

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I’m very excited to bring you and interview with Anna Cowan, author of the amazing book,  Untamed, a Regency romance like no other. I was thoroughly mesmerised by this story. It was so different from what I am used to and yet it won me over.

Anna tell us a bit about yourself

I’ve been writing since I was about 8 (I still have the A3 scrap books full of overblown, emotional adventure stories) (not much has changed LOL). Last year my debut novel Untamed was published by Penguin Australia – and four days later I gave birth to a daughter! I live in Melbourne with my husband and daughter in a beautiful house. I’m slowly slowly getting better at gardening.

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What was your path to publication with Untamed? I understand you had a mentorship with Valerie Parv. How did that work?

I’d been writing seriously for about six months before I finally allowed myself to think I could write romance – it honestly hadn’t occurred to me, even though I was a voracious reader of the genre. I had a full draft of Untamed when I won the mentorship with Valerie Parv. It was an incredible year that transformed that naive first draft. I’ve written about the experience at some length on my blog.

I sent queries out to agents at about the same time and had at least 11 rejections! I made a Rejections Book where I recorded all my thoughts and feelings about each one, which helped me see them as professional milestones. I coincidentally met Sarah Fairhall, one of Destiny Romance’s publishers, early in 2012, so when I had a draft of Untamed I was happy with I sent it to her. I thought she might at least feel obliged to give me some feedback on the MS – and was blown away when she called a couple of days later to offer me a contract!

 Untamed? How did that story evolve for you? Or was it a progression? Would you say the characters remained the same (Kit and Duke of Darlington) and that the story changed around them or vice versa?

The first draft of Untamed was titled The Three Loves of Miss Beatrice Sutherland – and it was a very different book. For one thing there was at least three books’ worth of plot fighting for space, and for another my heroine Kit (then Beatrice) was a passive-aggressive doormat. Anyone who’s read Untamed will know that she has evolved lightyears from that beginning! Darlington has remained essentially the same, though he was less tortured and more whimsical. The book began evolving when I started digging deeper into Darlington’s dark character and approaching every interaction Kit had by asking, “How would she respond to this person/situation, given that she’s tough enough on the world and herself to put aside whatever she really feels, and do what must be done instead?”

Was the Duke always a cross dressing bisexual?

Yes! The image that sparked Untamed was of a rake in hiding as a woman, lying awake in a room with five sisters, all of whom thought him a woman. (Torture, for a rake.) In that image Darlington was a more typical alpha hero and his costume would have been more awkward/slapstick. But as soon as I started writing him I realised he was the kind of person who wouldn’t think twice about dressing as a woman. It wouldn’t strike him as significant, and it wouldn’t confront his sense of himself. It would just be another way to be really alive. There were times when I was rewriting when I considered taking the cross-dressing out, but I could never bring myself to do it. His whole character sprang from the question: What kind of man would dress as a woman as naturally as breathing – and totally pull it off?

When you first conceived writing a Regency Romance were you going to explore the fringes or were you aiming for a more traditional plot?

One of the reasons I call my first draft naive is because I always felt I was writing a traditional romance. I can only shake my head when I look back at myself now, but I’m pretty sure I was just trying to be Julia Quinn.

 How did you start writing romance ?

As I mentioned above, it took me a while to realise I was allowed to write it. Romance has always appealed to me – my sister and I still have an impressive collection of Dolly Fictions. When I started Untamed I’d been reading adult romance for a year or two, and had really just gone into those first throes of passionate readership. I was starting to take my writing seriously, determined to make a real go of it. I’d written the first draft of a YA urban fantasy, which proved to me that I had the discipline to write an entire novel, but deciding to write romance took my enjoyment and dedication to the next level.

What is your writing process?

I’m not all that good at personal motivation, so I need to have systems in place that help me write. Until the birth of my daughter I was meeting author CS Pacat four days a week to write 10-5. It was an incredibly productive relationship, not only for getting the hours in, but also because we brainstorm really well together and are super familiar with each other’s projects. If I was stuck with a plot/scene problem in the morning we’d often manage to untangle it over our morning coffee leaving me free to keep writing in the afternoon.

My natural method is a bit unfortunate. I tend to write a whole first draft that has way too much plot and underdone characters. I then look at what I have, find the thread of an actual story in there, throw the draft away and write the whole book again. I had thrown out at least 150,000 words of Untamed before I even started the draft that was eventually edited and published! I’ve tried planning more carefully but it doesn’t seem to make a huge amount of difference. I’m trying to come up with a way to work with my natural method and be efficient at the same time.

What do you prefer drafting the story or revising and reworking?

My favourite part is the bit just before I start writing, when an idea has become urgent because it’s THE BEST IDEA OF ALL IDEAS EVER. I love beginning a new book, but it’s always bittersweet because my writing is a clumsy instrument for pinning that great idea down.

 What part of writing do you find hardest?

To be honest, I find all of it difficult a lot of the time. When I get stuck in a scene it’s hard to get going again and easy to procrastinate. When I’m revising I’m daunted by all the parts that need to be gutted and rewritten and patched up. When I’m editing the volume of decision making numbs my brain. But all of it is wonderful, too.

What do you plan to work on next?

I’ve started writing another regency romance between a female debt collector and a charming, naive youngest son. It’s a joy to write new characters in new circumstances, and I think this book will be part of a loosely-connected three-book series. (There’s also a novella idea that’s so wonderful to me I kind of want to write it RIGHT NOW. But the heroine needs to be thoroughly downtrodden in this novel, first.)

I understand you have a baby. How is juggling a baby and writing going?

If you’d asked me that in the first week of the year I would have said, Wonderfully! I hit my 1,500-word targets every day and felt very smug and productive. Then Robin stopped sleeping and I stopped sleeping and those bits of scenes where I get stuck are much more difficult to overcome when sleep-deprived. Every day is an attempt to strike a balance between rest and productivity. I just keep reminding myself that the fact I’m writing at all is a huge victory. And she’s a much cuter distraction than an internetful of kittens.

You can find Anna on twitter @annacowan

And she keeps a blog/diary here

Here is the blurb and cover image of Untamed, published by Destiny Romance

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Outspoken and opinionated, Katherine Sutherland is ill at ease amongst the fine ladies of Regency London. She is more familiar with farmers, and her blunt opinions and rough manners offend polite society. Yet when she hears the scandalous rumours involving her sister and the seductive Duke of Darlington, the fiercely loyal Katherine vows to save her sister’s marriage – whatever the cost.

Intrigued by Katherine’s interference in his affairs, the manipulative Duke is soon fascinated. He engages in a daring deception and follows her back to her country home. Here, their intense connection shocks them both. But the Duke’s games have dangerous consequences, and the potential to throw both their lives into chaos…

Wildly romantic, Untamed is a passionate and beautifully written debut novel. This decadent historical romance defies convention and will shock and delight in equal measure.

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I’m very pleased to welcome Amanda Bridgeman to  my blog. She’s the author of Aurora:Dawin (and its sequel Aurora:Pegasus) a very enjoyable read that I found hard to put down and looked forward to picking up again. There were some lovely creepy elements to this book and I found I was really interested in how Carrie Welles managed in such a male-focussed world. The touch of romance was enticing and I thought complex too,.

Look out for the fan girl questions at the end!

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How would you describe Aurora Darwin?

Ultimately it’s a Space Opera. It has a science fiction backdrop but it is very character-driven with plenty of action, romance, a touch of horror and a dash of humour.

 Amanda tell us a bit about yourself

I’m originally from Geraldton (WA), but moved to Perth to attend university and have lived there ever since (aside from a 19 month stint in the UK). I used to write a lot in my teens but then stopped as I fell in love with film. I went on to study film/tv/creative writing at uni, then did a bit of extra work on film and tv sets. Years later, I came full circle and found myself writing again. Other than a brief travel article in a local paper, the Aurora books are my first publications.

 What was your path to publication?

Basically I wrote the first 5 books of the Aurora series in my ‘cave’. By the time I’d finished the five, I had mustered up enough courage to let a few people actually read them, and it turned out they liked them! I then had the confidence to emerge from my cave and seek publication. I initially tried to land an agent in the US but I wasn’t successful (looking back, my query letter sucked). I then changed tact and tried publishers in Australia, and landed a contract with Momentum.

How did that story evolve for you? Or was it a progression? Would you say the characters remained the same and that the story changed around them or vice versa?

Aurora: Darwin originally went by another name and was only supposed to be one book. BUT, by the time I got to the end of the ‘Darwin’ story it had evolved and I realised that these characters had only just started their journey. The more I wrote, the more I uncovered until finally their true paths were revealed. It has become somewhat of an epic now and will be a multi-book series!

 What inspired you about the characters and the situation the story put them in?

With Carrie Welles, in a way, it was kind of like a ‘horror for chicks’ tale, in that I imagined the worst thing that could happen to a woman. In my mind it was being stuck in an isolated place,  not knowing who you could trust, and having evil things trying to get to you, to do equally evil things.  Captain Saul Harris was much the same, except he has the weight of the world (or should I say his team) upon his shoulders. It’s his job to try and get them home safely.

 Did you did a lot of research or read a lot of SF as part of your preparation for writing the story?

Having spent a large part of my life immersed in film, most of my inspiration came from SF/Space Opera films, to be honest. I feel rather under-read compared to some writers! My research was a mix of film inspiration and a lot of googling!

 What is your writing process?

With most of the Aurora series I was writing almost every day (social media wasn’t a ‘thing’ in my life back then). When it comes to my stories, I tend to have all the key scenes worked out in my head first. When I have the basic plot and key scenes all worked out, I then start writing and just figure out how to get from one key scene to the next as I write. So I guess it was a little of both – planning and panstering.

 What do you prefer drafting the story or revising and reworking?

I prefer editing/revising. Having had 12 months off from writing ‘fresh’ stuff (for the last year I’ve been doing mainly editing) and getting back into writing ‘new’ stuff recently, I realise just how hard it is (and time consuming) to get that skeleton down. Especially after writing in the same world for five years and now creating a brand new world! Once the skeleton is down (the basic plot & character development) then the revising is easier and more rewarding.

 What part of writing do you find hardest?

First drafts. It’s hard trying to move forward when you know it’s a bit shitty. But I have learnt that it’s okay for that first draft to be shitty. That’s why I like editing, because you get to make it better!

 What do you plan to work on next?

I would like to release another two books in the Aurora Series this year (which are already written), plus I’d like to have the new book I’m writing ready for submission by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!

Here is the blurb and yes more questions at the end.

A distress signal on the edge of inhabited space. A mission that is far outside normal parameters. Two very different people with one common goal survival.

When a distress signal is received from a black-ops space station on the edge of inhabited space, Captain Saul Harris of the UNF Aurora is called in from leave to respond. But the mission is not what it seems. Female members of the United National Forces have not been allowed to travel into the outer zones before, but Harris is ordered to take three new female recruits.

For Corporal Carrie Welles, one of the Aurora‘s new recruits, her first mission in space seems like a dream come true. Determined to achieve the success of her father before her, and suddenly thrust into a terrifying mission, she must work with her new captain and the strained Aurora crew to make it home alive.

When the Aurora arrives at the station Harris and Welles soon find themselves caught up in a desperate fight for survival. Station Darwin is not what they expected. The lights are off. But somebody is home.

Aurora Dawn

Fan girl questions

The book to me opens like a movie, in that we are following two people on an adventure and then slowly get introduced to the others. Is this what you had in your mind’s eye when writing the book? Yeah, I did. Harris and Carrie and the ones we meet first because I wanted the reader to follow just those two alone for a bit, so they could get comfortable with them. Doc is then introduced next because in terms of plot and sub-plots, he is the next most important character in this book, and warrants a ‘special’ introduction as well. The female recruits are singled out a little to enhance them as outsiders, and the rest of the Aurora crew are introduced together – as a team –  to have the opposite effect. I think it would’ve been chaos to introduce all of them together at once, and the slow introductions enable the reader to get to know the MCs well before the shit hits the fan!

Speaking of movies: do you have actors in mind for some of the roles? I was think Scarlett Johansson for Carrie

Oh yes! Being a film buff, I’m always ‘scouting’ who would be great in the roles, should my dream film ever be made . Here’s my picks:

Captain Saul Harris – I’ve always pictured him as Will Smith, but I’m also very keen on Idris Elba too.

Corporal Carrie Welles – I’m not sure about Carrie, but she needs to do an Australian accent – and no-one seems to be able to do one unless they’re an Aussie! Maybe Abbie Cornish? Scarlett Johansson is a hottie, so I’d sign her if she could do an Aussie accent (and dye her hair brown).

Doc – I’ve always pictured Colin Farrell as Doc, although he might be a bit old now (The character is @ 34yrs old)

McKinley – Chris Hemsworth is the front runner here (although not quite as beefy as he is in Thor). My friends like Charlie Hunnam for the role, though….

Brown – I’ve always pictured him like Ice Cube – but of course in a younger and bigger body.

Colt – Someone like Rutina Wesley from True Blood.

I’d better stop there or we’ll be here all day!

Did you need to do much research for the military stuff or do you have a military background?

No I don’t have a military background. My research was a combination of film, tv, and google, but I purposely invented my own military outfit – The UNF – (as a bit of an amalgamation of several outfits) because I wanted to do my own thing and not have every Tom, Dick and Harry telling me I got it wrong. But I’ve learnt that they still will anyway! Oh well. J

I’m going to ask this because I know some SF heads will want to know your thinking here. Gravity issues do not seem to be addressed? How did you tackle that? (Personally I don’t think it’s important to the story). Yeah, I’ve had one or two people comment on this and find it interesting. First up, to be brutally honest, I think it’s irrelevant to the story. To me it’s like any character jumping on a jumbo jet and flying to another city. Those characters don’t sit there and describe what the pilots are doing every step of the way – Why? – because they’re passengers and don’t know why or how that jumbo flies. Most of the ‘tech’ scenes in Aurora: Darwin are from Carrie’s perspective and she’s a SHARP SHOOTER on her FIRST space trip. Being a ‘protostar’ (green-gill), she isn’t going to know how the ship works exactly and therefore can’t explain to the reader what’s going on as the ship takes off – because she herself doesn’t really know. I made this decision on purpose – not to make my main characters either engineers or pilots for this very reason. You would expect Harris to have a better understanding of the ship, but again, most of the ‘tech’ scenes are from Carrie’s PoV so the mechanics aren’t explained in much depth. Ultimately, I took the view that it wasn’t critical to the plot in any way, so I didn’t think it made sense to bog the story down with irrelevant info.  But I know the hardcore sci-fi fans love that stuff. Oh well!

BTW both Matthew and I think the 4 guys in the biocell was the creepiest thing ever. Well done.

Excellent! I think they’re creepy too!

Thank you Amanda for a great interview. I’m looking forward to reading Aurora:Pegasus. PS the ‘doc’ was  a lovely character. I think I feel for him too.

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It is my pleasure to bring this interview to you. JT Clay (Jo) is a fellow Canberran, who has written A Single Girl’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. I’m so envious.  She published a zombie apocalypse novel and got away with it and its good too.

Here she is!

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How would you describe A Single Girl’s Guide?

A zombie survivalist romp with love, humour and hippies.

Jo tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Canberra and work as a technical writer and spec-fic writer, which have more in common than you’d think. I recently signed on for the mad science experiment of creating new life. The baby is due in February, which I’m sure won’t affect my schedule at all…

I’ve been writing novels for years, but the first one published is A Single Girl’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. I won a couple of manuscript prizes prior to that (Hachette and Olvar Wood) and had short stories, poems and articles published. I also wrote a regular column for Canberra Cyclist until recently.

What was your path to publication?

A Single Girl’s Guide won an Olvar Wood Fellowship Award in 2010. As part of that award program, I worked with my mentor, Inga Simpson, to bring it up to scratch. I found an agent, Alex Adsett, in 2012 and a publisher, Momentum (Pan MacMillan) last year. The book came out on 1 November 2013.

How did that story evolve for you? Or was it a progression? Would you say the characters remained the same and that the story changed around them or vice versa?

Q and Hannah came together the first time I sat down to write. The others were created. One excellent suggestion from Inga was to cut down my cast. I moved from a dozen poorly drawn bit parts to a few distinct characters.

The book has a very complex set up. How did you keep track of that? (mechanics of that, spreadsheet, your head etc)

I thought the book was a simple A-B narrative!

I used Max Brooks’ zombie books, SAS survival guides and zombie chat rooms to get my outbreak and survival stuff together. The rest I made up as I went along, then went back to spreadsheet the details. My fabulous editor, Kylie Mason, was picking up continuity and logic problems a month before the text was settled, which goes to show how important good editing is.

Can you tell us a bit more about Q. I noticed she calls herself different names. Is it possible to explain that?

Q’s real name is Quentin, but no self-respecting zombie survivalist can live with a name like that. Her online handle is Quaranteen because she keeps evil at bay. Her online address is www.ninjaofnineb.com, because while she’s a terrible kindergarten teacher, she’s the best combat warrior in the Nine B classroom. Her enemies call her ‘Qwinston’ or ‘Agh! Stop beating me with my own innards!’, depending on where the conflict’s up to.

 What is your writing process? (planner, panster, write every day, write sporadically, writers block etc).

I like to write in big chunks of time. For a few years I was working 4 days a week and writing on the fifth. This last year I’ve been fifty / fifty, but I tend to work a day or a week on one project, then switch. I don’t multitask.

I’m better at plotting than I used to be, but my planning is no more than a two-page list of key events. If I map out too much, I get tied up (and not in a sexy way).

What do you prefer drafting the story or revising and reworking?

I’m in love with first drafts. It’s all those others I resent, because someone hacks my computer, steals the magic and leaves me with a steaming pile of inarticulate ramble to fix up. Bastards!

What part of writing do you find hardest?

The final drafts, when you’ve been staring at the same words for too long and your characters no longer delight you. Like being snowed in at an airport for days, watching friendships devolve into homicidal fantasies.

What do you plan to work on next? (ie do you have another book coming out).

I recently received an ACT Government Arts Grant for a time travel novel, which I hope to finish this year. I’m also working on the final drafts of a thriller, but Project Baby may delay that one until 2015.

Thank you very much Jo.

Here is a pic of the cover of A Single Girl’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and the blurb.

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It’s the old story. Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Zombies attack.

Q, a trainee kindergarten teacher and martial arts expert, wants to woo beautiful vegan, Rabbit, but doesn’t know how. Her luck turns during the zombie outbreak. She teaches Rabbit and his hippie friends how to make war, not love, and does her best to save him from the living dead.

But can she defeat evil ex-girlfriend, Pious Kate? And can love survive the end of the world?

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Author spotlight

It’s my pleasure to bring to you an interview with the lovely Ingrid Jonach. I was very fortunate to read this novel before it hit the press. Donna.

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Ingrid tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in the national capital of Australia – Canberra – with my husband and my pug dog Mooshi.

I have always loved to read and write, so when I finished school I decided to study creative writing at university as part of a degree in professional writing.

While I was at university I self published a picture book called A Lot of Things.

I signed a two book deal with Pan Macmillan Australia soon after for my children’s books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France.  I most recently had a young adult novel published called When The World Was Flat (and we were in love).

How did you get the Strange Chemistry deal?

I had a wonderful agent working to sell When The World Was Flat (and we were in love) and it was quite a quick process from submission to book deal with Strange Chemistry.

We had knocked on a lot of doors before that book deal though.  I just about burst out of my skin when we got the offer.  I think it came through on email about five in the morning due to the time differences between my agent in the US, Strange Chemistry in the UK and me in Australia.

When the World was flat (and we were in love)? How did that story evolve for you?

I had very clear characterisations for each of my characters from the get-go. The story, however, developed organically around the characters.  It even transitioned from contemporary romance to speculative fiction during the writing and editing process. That was a significant rewrite, as the first draft had already been written when I decided to inject some science fiction.

The book has a very complex set up. How did you keep track of that?

Aside from a timeline of events to ensure no one went to school on a weekend, it was all in my head.  I am not very organised, so a few scribbled notes or a couple of comments through the manuscript served as reminders of plot twists or missing information.

You’ve been writing children’s books previously. How did you end up writing for young adults and is that where you’d like to be writing?

I loved writing for children and I expect I will do it again down the track, but I decided to write a young adult novel because I wanted to tell a love story. I have always been a hopeless romantic and when the mood struck one day I started writing When the World was Flat (and we were in love).

I am working on a couple of other young adult novels, but I can see myself writing in other genres down the track.  For example, the former journalist in me would like to write non-fiction.

What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a panster?

I am normally a pantser, but I am desperately trying to reform!

I have actually been spending the past month meticulously plotting my next manuscript using palm cards.  I thought I would find it frustrating, but I absolutely love it!  I think it will save me a lot of time with revisions.

I used to try to write everyday, but I have a demanding day job and I am usually a bit brain dead by the end of the day (and I am not a morning person). Unless on deadline, I generally write on weekends, which involves sacrificing a lot of time with friends and family unfortunately.

What do you prefer drafting the story or revising and reworking?

A couple of months ago I would have said revisions, but now I think it is plotting!

I just love dreaming up scenes for my work in progress and I think I am enjoying it even more now that I have a system (palm cards).  I used to just scribble scenes on pieces of paper (that I would promptly misplace) or in my phone (which would never be read again).

What part of writing do you find hardest?

I do really love revisions, but they can be very difficult.  It is like rewiring your brain.  I admit I often forget which characters or scenes were removed from When the World was Flat (and we were in love) during edits with my agent or Strange Chemistry.

What do you plan to work on next?

I am looking forward to writing my third young adult manuscript, which I am currently plotting.  I am also hoping that my second young adult manuscript, which is with my agent, is picked up for publication.  It is a bit early to tell you about them, aside from them both being young adult sci fi romance and being loosely linked to When the World was Flat (and we were in love).

Book Details

When the World was Flat (and we were in love)

Author: Ingrid Jonach

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15767908-when-the-world-was-flat

Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook and audio through all good bookstores and online.

 

When the World was Flat

Blurb

Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.

Author Bio

Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.

Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.

Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.

Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.

Find out more at www.ingridjonach.com

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