Just before Christmas I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Debbi Mack for her site and podcast, Crime Cafe. Having Covid over Christmas prevented me from posting about it earlier, but it was great fun! I loved talking about Kiki Button and all the ins and out of 1920s Paris.
You can find my guest post – with giveaway! – here.
To enter the giveaway, just tell me Who is the 1920s personality you most admire and why? The prize is a copy of the first Kiki Button book, April in Paris, 1921,and you can contact me via email or any of my social media channels.
If you missed out on my talk at Sutherland Library in November 2018, you have a chance to revisit it this year. Through February to May, I will be giving versions of that talk at places (mostly libraries) in and around Sydney. Some details of these are below.
I’m giving a talk at the Sutherland Library, Sydney NSW, about Paris and 1920s bohemia, about detective fiction and writing, about my heroine Kiki Button and all her antics. Come and join me! The details are below:
Kiki Button is in the world! April in Paris, 1921has now been released by Harper Collins throughout Australia. You can get it at Booktopia, on your reading device, or in your local bookshop. To celebrate, here’s a picture of me, dressed up as Kiki, sitting in the terrasse area of Le Dome Cafe in Montparnasse, Paris in April.
I am also delighted to announce that my novel April in Paris, 1921: a Kiki Button mystery has been acquired by Pegasus Books in the US. This US edition is due for release on July 3rd, 2018 but is available for pre-order through the Pegasus site, Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia. I’d like to thank Katie McGuire, Claiborne Hancock, my editor at Pegasus for all their hard work, and again, my agent Sarah McKenzie. And the cover designer too: the cover is magnificent.
I am delighted to announce that my novel April in Paris, 1921: a Kiki Button mystery has been acquired by Harper Collins Australia. It is due for release on May 21st, 2018 with pre-orders available now through Harper Collins and Booktopia. I’d like to thank my agent Sarah McKenzie, my publisher Catherine Milne, my editor Julia Stiles, as well as Belinda Yuille, Alice Wood and the cover designer. Isn’t it great?
Expect much much more about Kiki Button in the future.
I am pleased to say that I have been awarded first place in the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature. This annual prize is run by Griffith University and is one of the most prestigious prizes in Australia. It includes both a poetry and a fiction section, with two first place and two runners-up. I am grateful and proud at having come first place and wish to congratulate the other winners – Melissa Goode, Sarah Holland-Batt, and Chloe Wilson – on their excellent work. I would also like to thank judges Matthew Lamb and Terri-Ann White, Judith Beveridge and Anthony Lawrence, as well as Nigel Krauth and Griffith University.
You can read my story here.
You can read Melissa Goode’s story here, Sarah Holland-Batt’s poem here, and Chloe Wilson’s poem here.
I am pleased, amazed, proud and grateful to say that I have recently been awarded the Orlando Prize for Short Fiction. The competition, that included categories for Flash Fiction, Creative Non Fiction and Poetry as well, is run by the A Room of Her Own Foundation. Based in America, they focus on women’s writing. As part of the prize, I will be published in Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, Featuring Maxine Hong Kingston. You can read about all the winners here. You can read my story here. Again, a huge thanks to AROHO for running this competition.
The most excellent Theodore Ell and Contrapasso Magazine published my poem, ToNa Mèo, in their Long Distance issue. Their issues are always full of wonderful poems, stories, and interviews, so make sure you check out the issue.