Please note that I have deleted my two Facebook accounts. One, under the name GLENDA LARKE was my public author account, the other, under my real name was private, open — I thought — only to friends invited to ‘friend’ me.For a number of years, this …Continue reading
I regret to say that “The Isles of Glory” trilogy (The Aware, Gilfeather and The Tainted) is at the moment not available as eBooks. Havenstar is no longer available on Amazon as an eBook, but can be bought through many other eBook outlets.I a…Continue reading
When it comes to the Supanova Pop Expo and Comicon, I am an unabashed fan. Sci Fi and Fantasy, costumes, gaming and geeks — who can resist. And it’s great to see the creators, the actors, the filmmakers, the writers, the directors all celebrated by th…Continue reading
A review from a book review site:
- For a start, Sara was one of my author heroines.
- Secondly, this is the inaugural award.
- Thirdly, the award covers series written over a number of years, as long as they were completed between 2011 to 2014 — so it covers an awful lot of years and an awful lot of books… (Pity the judges!!) You can read more about the award here.
|No, that’s not me…but my name is on that trophy!!|
There were a lot more things I could have said in the speech — how much I owe to the then Voyager Australia editor, Stephanie Smith, for example. How much I owe my beta readers for making me a better writer and making those three books better works. How much I appreciate the work put into the awards by the Australian Spec Fic community and the judges.
But here’s what I did say:
When I first read Sara Douglass’s Battleaxe back in the 1990s, I was blown away, not just by the story, but also by the idea that an Australian author could publish a fantasy novel worldwide and find acclaim on a world stage.
At the time I was looking for a publisher for my first book — and Sara’s success was an inspiration. And of course, Battleaxe was just the first of long line of Sara’s groundbreaking novels.
I was delighted to hear that a series award was being created in her name, to acknowledge her pre-eminent position in Australian speculative fiction history. The fact that judges had a massive job of reading the number of series up for the award is a tribute to the present health of Speculative Fiction writing in Australia, a wave of creativity of which Sara was the forefront.
To have been short-listed by the judges for the inaugural award was a breath-taking compliment. The other works on that list are so impressive that I certainly don’t believe, as I write these words, that any work of mine could win. I just love the validation of being on the shortlist though, and I thank everyone involved.
Most of all, I wish you were here, Sara, still with us and still writing.Continue reading