Hi again folks! My first epic fantasy novel, City of Masks is 99c today if anyone is looking to try some of my longer work 🙂 (Just click the image to be sent to your region’s Amazon).
Insanitek‘s book club are running a cool giveaway where you can win a print copy of both the City of Masks and my latest poetry collection, Old Stone & Between Giants !
All you have to do to enter is spread the word a little – jump over here and take a look 🙂
You can also read an interview I did with Grace from Insanitek, which was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done; we covered a lot of ground from Italy, tourism, poetry and fiction!
(I’m a bit behind in mentioning this – the comp has been open for a while but closes in 10 days!)
Let’s have a bit of a sale!
For the rest of March, signed copies of all my poetry collections are on sale (and my fiction titles too) so if you’d like to grab some poetry for cheap let me know here or send me an e-mail 🙂
(that’s a ‘zero’ in the address)
P o e t r y
All titles $5 posted
F i c t i o n
City of Masks (original cover)
2014 has been a big year in terms of writing & publishing (3 titles released this year!) and rough spots (especially health-wise – having a bit of back trouble of late) but squeezed in there has been a lot of fun too. Music, volleyball, great food – and I even managed to read a few books!
I really did enjoy preparing The Fairy Wren for publication and having some great early reviews come in has been a relief. I think being the one upon which ultimate responsibility falls, for all aspects of quality control, adds more pressure but also more satisfaction to a work.
In 2015 I hope to read the entire Tintin Series, publish a novella (Sea of Trees) and another novel (The Lost Mask), hopefully record a spoken word CD of poetry, finish writing Greatmask (Book 3 of the Bone Mask Trilogy) and announce a Book Pack Competition in January, details of which are to follow!
Have a great break and hope to see you here in 2015!
Ok! Last post from me about this for a while, but right now, proofed and live on Amazon, waits the print version of City of Masks, my first novel!
You should be able to order through bookstores at this point too – so please ask if you’re interested, as I’d love to know what stores plan to charge etc 🙂
In the meantime, if you’ve got an Amazon account, you can order right now, here and here:
But be warned, if you’re shipping to Oz it will be quite expensive, so I’ll let everyone know when there’s a special deal or if something changes. (I’ll be getting some stock of my own to sell, so that’s in the pipeline too.)
Hope you like it!
(E-book available too)
I’m beaming as I type this post because the e-book for my first novel, City of Masks is out right now!
It’s available at a special price at the moment, just click on the link right here and you can check out the first 5 or so chapters free at Amazon.
Stay tuned too, for tuned for news about the print edition and head on over to the City of Masks blog to a longer post where I hope to write something interesting on the whole process in the next day or so 🙂
With the release of my first novel just around the corner I’m excited to share an interview where I ramble on about the book (City of Masks). Better yet, I get to answer some great questions from CJ Jessop, one of the awesome members of my Alchemy writing group. Check out her site here – and her top notch short story collection here!
And now for the interview itself, hope you enjoy it!
Really happy to be tagged by Devin Madson in the current ‘writing process’ blog chain – if you like stories of vengeance in a Japanese-influenced setting then you’ll love her books, check ‘em out here and visit her blog here, to see her response to the process chain.
I also interviewed Devin on my fiction blog, where she talks about her work and her experiences with crowd-funding.
So, here are my responses, hope you enjoy!
I’m currently working on a haiku, haibun & senryu collection (working title: old stone) and tinkering with a follow-up to my last collection of free verse between giants. I’ve been obsessed with haiku now for a little over ten years – the form is just rife with possibility and I love the challenge of compressing language down to such a small amount of syllables.
In old stone I also want to include senryu and haibun and as travel is traditionally a big part of haibun, I’ve included a lot of work I wrote in Italy or soon after my trip there in 2011.
You can see me drafting cover art for old stone here if you’re curious.
Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Tough question. I’ve been told that my free verse background makes my haibun a little different and that my haiku background influences my free verse, so I hope that’s true!
In terms of my work and its place in the poetry world, I’m a proponent of being direct with my poetry. Writing is a communicative act, and I don’t like to put too many barriers between writer and reader. At the same time, I don’t want to be over prescriptive. There has to be room for the reader. It’s a fine line but I hope I walk it well.
Q. Why do I write what I do?
I think one of my main obsessions as a poet is with objects and places, with the meaning they take on for us. We instil so much of ourselves in them and for me, there’s no limit to where that can take me as a writer. The material never dries up.
Well, there is a limit, I guess, and that’s my execution from poem to poem.
Q. How does my writing process work?
I keep my eyes open. Wherever I am. There’s a certain amount of reflection that goes on before I write a poem, whether conscious or not. Sometimes a phrase comes to mind when I see something – like a wildflowers in a ditch – I had half a haiku as I drove by. The other half I finished when I got home that night.
Other times it’s a much longer process. Earlier this year I was walking to Collected Works in Melbourne and noticed that I was walking a lot faster than I would at home and the obvious thought came to me, that the city (any city) has its own pulse. It almost changes your blood. Everything is faster. Everyone needs to be somewhere quickly. Time felt shorter for me in that moment.
That poem I actually haven’t finished yet and I had that moment back in January.
After I get a first draft, usually completed at night, I leave the poem alone until at least the next day. Then I come back and refine. I might do this for days, or weeks. Sometimes, if I’m very lucky, the poem feels close to ready after draft two (generally only if it’s a short poem.)
Then I begin the long process of sending it out for publication – or post it here!
Q. Who will you meet next week?
I’m happy to send you to two fantastic Australian poets whom I count as friends. Both Robbie and Mark have supported my writing for years now and I’m hoping you’ll visit, check out their answers and their poetry!