It was one of those imperfectly perfect evenings on the boulevard that separated crumbling Havana from the wild sea beyond. The sun was reluctantly shedding its heat, tempting locals to stroll outdoors. Boys in colourful Chevys called out to divas in stilettos. Smartly dressed families kept children moving with bribes of churros. Spicy aromas wafted... Continue Reading →
I must confess I always feel a bit jaded about film awards as successful actors, for the most part, already receive huge financial and emotional rewards for their work. But book awards? Faceless science fiction and fantasy authors who usually need a second job to make ends meet? These are awards worth celebrating! Congratulations to... Continue Reading →
Thrilled to share this announcement via Drowned Earth Novellas Announcement. My first novella will be published later this year. Stay tuned for further details.
When it was first spotted, hurtling in from beyond Neptune, astronomers had mistaken the alien’s ship for a rogue comet — easily done. It was massive, rocky and appeared to be trailing a gassy ice plume. Then Prof Clarke, from Mount Stromlo Observatory, pointed out that it was coming in exceptionally fast for a comet... Continue Reading →
A fox killed the chicken yesterday. Probably for brunch. When I finally had a moment alone in the shower, after a harrowing morning of work emails, school lunches, negotiating a truce in the war between our dogs, and hanging washing out before the onset of rain, nature’s furry assassin crept into our garden. It tore... Continue Reading →
As a teenager, when I knew all the world was against me, I’d retreat to amazing stories of distant lands. Books by Madeline L’Engel, Sheri S Tepper and Julian May, went well beyond space battles and witches spells. These women crafted stories that entertained while asking what if and cautioning against what could be. Recently... Continue Reading →
General Harper struggled to contain herself. Outside her tent everyone was in close proximity, listening for her next command, speculating on her meeting and hustling to prepare for tough times ahead. Inside, with him, all had to be quiet. No place for loud memories of their past. Strong actions that had kissed away some hurts... Continue Reading →
I was happy to contribute a video for the launch of Anne Goodwin's latest short story anthology Becoming Someone . Interesting topic. Who are you?
Did you meet your target for National Novel Writing Month ( NanoWrimo ) in November? 50,000 words is the goal. Some of my friends did 60,000 even 80,000 - in one month! So how did you do? Well, I've got a confession to make. I'm a Nanowrimo dud. I only wrote the same amount I usually... Continue Reading →