ICYMI: Aaron Dries, Dan O’Malley and I had the great pleasure of spending a dark and very stormy Halloween night talking horror and all things scary at the Woden library. And even if the rain kept you at home, you can catch it all on the video below (courtesy of FriendFace).
Ariadne, I Love You and The Attic Tragedy double book launch
In both 2020 and 2021, I released books into the wilderness of social distancing and lockdowns. Though we held some excellent online events to celebrate at the time, nothing compares to the vibe of a reading in a room full of people. Kaaron Warren and Aaron Dries were kind enough to help me pull this together at the last minute. Wine was quaffed, conversations were had, books were read and sold. A fine time was had by all.
Sooooo… aw jeez. I’ve been hiding out all day in a state of shock and bewilderment because The Attic Tragedy won a fricking Shirley Jackson Award!
I watched the ceremony with my youngest, who sat there with fingers crossed and insisted I do the same – though I told him I had no hope of winning. When the announcement came, I literally shrieked – and kept shrieking. (My eldest was on a school Zoom call in the other room. His teacher asked him politely to mute himself because of the “background noise.”)
Congrats to all the winners, with special nods to Kathe Koja (meerkat-shaped fist bump coming your way), Lee Murray and Gene Flynn (the fantastic flight of the Cranes continues!). And of course, epic, bottomless thank yous to Kaaron Warren and to the unstoppable Meerkat Press!
Honoured to be invited over to Angela Slatter’s blog for a virtual cup of tea and a (slightly one-sided) natter. We talked The Attic Tragedy, literary heroes, and my mortal terror of General Woundwort. Good times!