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Latest Anthology with a Steampunk Story by Me!


This anthology will be launched on the 7th of December. I will put up the link to purchase it then.

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Gap Year In Ghost Town Cover Preview

Gap Year In Ghost Town

This book is due out in August. I can’t wait!

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One for the Bibliophiles

How lucky are we as bookworms today? At any given moment, we can jump on Amazon (or another website), buy a book, and read it seconds later. Or, if you’re a paperback purist, all you have to do is wait a couple days for shipping or take a quick trip to your local bookstore or […]

via How Books Connect the World — Kate M. Colby

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Tag, I’m it!

Steampunk Author, Karen Carlilse tagged me into answering a series of  questions about time travel and books.


See her original post at:


What is your favourite historical setting for a book?

This is a bit like being asked who your favourite child is. At the moment, I would have to say 1871, in England and Australia, since that is the setting for my current work-in-progress. However, I would have to say my next favourites would be Edo-period Japan and Medieval China. I love the religion and mythology underlying these cultures.

What writers would you like to travel back in time to meet?

Oh, can I make a comprehensive list?

Isaac Asimov straight up. Mary Shelley. Mary Somerville. Charles Dickens. Kipling. H G Wells. Jules Verne. J M Barrie. Diana Wynne Jones. Terry Pratchett (though I have met him). I could go on and on.

What books would you travel back in time and give to your younger self?

So, what age is my younger self? Can I give twelve year old me my entire library I have now? If I have to pick just a few: The Willow Tree’s Daughter by Pamela Freeman, all of Barry Hughart’s books, The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, everything Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman ever wrote, everything by Angela Slatter, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and a list of recommendations for future purchases.

What book would you travel forward in time and give your older self?

Dear me. I’d rather my older self travel back and give me her list of reading recommendations.

What is your favourite futuristic setting for a book?

Pern, created by Anne McCaffrey.

What is your favourite book that is set in a different time period (can be historical or futuristic)?

I will never be limited to just one book. Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, set in Victorian England, or any of the Barry Hughart  books set in historical China.

Spoiler Time: Do you ever skip ahead to the end of a book to see what happens?

Sometimes. Mainly if the book is a little dull or confusing, and I need to see if the journey is worth it. Infrequently, because I am too terrified and I need to see if the book has a happy ending.

If you had a Time Turner, where would you go and what would you do?

I would go back to meet the Three Marys: Mary Somerville, Mary Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft, and Ada Lovelace/Charles Babbage.

Favourite book (if you have one) that includes time travel or takes place in multiple time periods.

The Time Machine by H G Wells is original and best! Though I am also a big fan of Doctor Who books. (Well, Doctor Who anything really. I run Osgood LIVES on Facebook).


What book/series do you wish you could go back and read again for the first time?

The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (because that would mean Terry Pratchett would be still alive).



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Visited the Lifeline Bookfest today.

My haul today:

Art & Lies by Jeanette Winterson. I thought it might be nice to read something other than ‘Orange is Not the Only Fruit’.

The Vampire in Europe by Montague Summers. This is a reference book I actually used while doing my Arts degree, and is all about the European myths relating to Vampires. It was first published in 1929 “because of the recent interest in all thing Gothic”. My edition looks to be much younger than that: 1996.

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer; Mr Life at Rose Red edited by Joyce Rearson PhD. This is a companion piece to Stephen King’s Rose Red. I thought it might be interesting to see what King had inspired.

Three books by Monica Dickens. I read many of Dicken’s horsey books as a child, and I am curious to see how I find her as an adult.

Encarta The Book of Quotations – for those times the internet just isn’t providing me with that perfect quote.

Mythology by Edith Hamilton. I tend to collect books about myths, legends and fairy tales. They are often great inspiration.

Twixt Anvil and Sword by Verne Fletcher. I was taken by the name. I have no idea what the actual book will be about. It is the same risk you take with any lucky dip.; it might stink, and it might shine.

A small pile of Australiana like Banjo Patterson & Steele Rudd & John O’Grady. Time to get back to my roots.

Two Gerald Durrell books (TREASURE!) I often blame Gerald Durrell and Harry Butler for turning me into a zoologist.

A Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. I loved this book as a child, and borrowed it from the library once a year. I also loved the movie. I was very pleased to finally find a copy for my very own. I hope it is as good as I remember.

The Darling Buds of May by H E Bates. I’ve always planned to read this one day, and that day has come.

The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder. Now, I’ve read short stories by Wilder, and liked them. So I’m taking a chance on this on past evidence of his skill as a writer.

Creative Writing in Australia by John K Ewers. First published in 1945, my edition is from 1962. It is meant to be a selection of creative writing from 1788 until the ‘present day’. Even though it is 60 years away from this present day, I thought it would make for interesting reading.

Writing for Pleasure and Profit by William Freeman. This book is circa 1959. It should be an interesting glimpse into how the publishing game has changed!

You Can Write by Eamon Murphy, first published 1985, my edition is 1988. I can never resist a ‘how to write’ book, simply because everyone has such a different idea on ‘how to’. I will report back if I do learn any golden nuggets of wisdom.

Of the Same Pen: Brisbane Fictions edited by Alex Prior. As a Brisbane-based writer, how could I resist?

And a coffee table book about the Australian prime ministers up until Bob Hawke. Mainly to bone up on the earlier prime ministers from after Federation. We we taught all the British monarchs, and not about our own Prime Ministers when I was at school.

And what did all this richness cost me? Not including the Quotations book? AUD$25

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