So...what have I been doing instead of updating my website? Quite a lot actually... (she says defensively).
Gentlemen Formerly Dressed (Rowland Sinclair 5) has now been edited, and "covered". All that's left is the final proofing and tweaking, and the manuscript goes off to become a book. The cover (by Luke at Blue Cork) is my favourite yet. I wish I could post it now...but they'd have to kill me.
I also revised Escaping Judgement, which was my very first novel, and which has now found it's way to the top (or near the top) of the publication pile. Revisiting a novel you first wrote so long ago (5 years now) is an interesting process... there were things I just didn't know about the craft back then and things I blanched from wrting directly because I was new and hesitant. Anyway it's done!
Aside from that I've been attending festivals! All truly wonderful in their own way.
First off the rank was the Snowy Readers and Writers Festival in Jindabyne.
Old friends and fellow writers - Jesse Blackadder and Karen Viggers.
Murder in the Mountains... Batlow's own Crime Fiction Festival, graced by such literary masters as B.Michael Radburn, Malla Nunn, P. M. Newton, Vikki Petraitis, John M. Green and me! I live there - they can't not invite me.
Then it was up to Bundaberg (via Brisbane where I caught up with my Dad) for the Bundaberg Writefest.
Deonie Fiford who has now edited 5 of my books but who I had to go to Bundaberg to meet!
I jumped off the plane from Bundaberg, and hopped on another to Sydney for the Sydney Writers' Festival. I arrived in time for the ABIA Awards dinner in which my magnificent publishers Pantera Press were shortlisted for Best Small Publisher.
And then I immersed myself in literary atmosphere before appearing on a panel on Fantastical Stories with K.B. Hoyle and Kate Forsythe.
...and the Tom Keneally Centre at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts to speak about The Blood of Wolves.
And now I'm home... updating... and writing.