Monthly Archives: November 2014

SF Crowsnest review and launch day!

This just came up on the SF Crowsnest site, a science fiction site that has ‘Everything that’s good for geeks and nice for nerds’.

I’m really pleased how Kelly Jensen mentioned a fair few of the key points of the novel without giving away the secret.

And today is launch day! If you would like to read something a most unusual and miraculous thriller over Christmas, take thyself to Amazon and purchase away because now you can.


Nine Planets is such an unusual book that I have always understood that some readers will not get it and, as a result, write negative reviews. Hopefully, they will be relatively few. Since the book has not yet hit the shelves, there have only been three reviews, and the most negative was a reader on Goodreads who dubbed it an ‘odd thriller,’ which I’ll take since he rated it well. Last night, though, I received a soon-to-be posted and rather delightful review, which seems that someone else understood it. I’m still waiting on those negative reviews, but at the moment, this is one happy author.

Starburst interview

Feeling rather bleary and unintelligent at 2AM, I was glad that Ed Fortune asked for me to turn skype video off for our late night interview on Starburst Bookworm. After I persuaded my computer microphone to work, he asked me a bunch of questions about inspiration, Aussie literature, future projects, a genre for Nine Planets and a bunch of either/ors: space or the ocean, truth or beauty etc. I hope I answered everything well, given the time, although for the Simpsons/Futurama either/or, I don’t think he expected that I had never seen either. “Blimey!” he said.

Anyway, in 2/3 weeks, when it goes to podcast, we’ll see how much sense I made.

Thanks, Ed, for your patience!

Starburst Bookworm interview

In about 9 hours from now, at about 2AM and while the sane world is sleeping, this author will be rubbing the blear from his eyes and peering through the long miles of skypeness at Mr Ed Fortune, interviewer at Starburst Bookworm (over here at who will be sitting in London and asking me about Nine Planets. I have no idea what his questions will be, which will be a good thing. Actually. I’m rather excited.

Hopefully, I’ll get the link to the podcast so you can listen to it later.

One of those moments you dream of (almost)

Picture this. I had given some Nine Planets flyers to a university cafe to distribute to students with their coffee. I went to the cafe recently and was waiting in line behind two uni students who were waiting for their coffee. They both picked up flyers and started looking through and I grabbed my opportunity.

Me: “It’s not a bad read.”

Student: “How do you know? Have you read it?”

Me: I wrote it.”

The last month

After about four years of writing, two of looking for an agent or publisher and two of getting the book ready for the press, Nine Planets is now less than 30 days from launch. All the waiting, editing and dreaming will soon be over and my beloved novel will be out and about in the world, meeting all sorts of people and telling her story. Excitement building.