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  • February13th

    With Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town (the sequel to the Aurealis Award Shortlisted Gap Year in Ghost Town) to be released in July, I’m deep in the last stages of editing. Thanks to the good people at Allen and Unwin, the story is getting tighter and pacier, coming together nicely. The editing process does mean, however, that some good bits necessarily hit the cutting room floor. But why lose them forever? Why not use them as tasty teasers for what’s shaping up as another spooky, witty, alarming adventure?

    So here’s the first.

    After the ghost’s gaze roamed vaguely in my direction it drifted back to whatever he was doing – or thought he was doing – and right there’s one of the puzzles of ghost hunting that fills in the boredom while waiting. Do ghosts actually think or are they, as they appear a lot of the time, an insubstantial machine going through the motions of life without any real intelligence? Whole careers have been taken up arguing about stuff like this in ghost hunting academic circles where professors huff and puff about this and that while cleaning their monocles or adjusting their pearl earrings or sharpening their flick knives or whatever ghost theoreticians do. Maybe they get red in the face and take it outside to settle these things mano a mano.

    Okay, so I haven’t had a lot of direct experience with ghost hunting professors, but that’s what imagination is for, to fill in gaps like that.

    Imagination. It’s not just for professionals.

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  • September1st

    Hey, everyone! We now have a title for Gap Year 2 – ‘Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town’! More spooky, fun adventures, more Anton, Rani and Bec, more ghosts, more everything! Coming, July 2019 from Allen and Unwin.

     

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  • June24th

    Dani Vee from the excellent Words and Nerds podcast interviewed me recently. If you’d like to listen to my mellifluous and authoritative voice while I talk about inspiration, characterisation and motivation – with a particular focus on Gap Year in Ghost Town – then go here.  After that, have a listen to the other engrossing interviews that Dani has done. Thoroughly worthwhile.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • February28th

    Hot on the heels of last week’s Aurealis Award ‘Best Fantasy Novel’ shortlisting, ‘Gap Year in Ghost Town’ has bobbed up again, included on the CBCA’s 2018 Notable Books List. Yay!

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  • December12th

    If you want a great holiday read, look no further. Available here.

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  • September21st

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  • May29th

    Here’s a teaser for my newest book, ‘Gap Year in Ghost Town’, coming in August 2017 from Allen & Unwin.

     

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  • April11th

    Gap Year in Ghost Town (Allen & Unwin August 2017) has a cover! Authors, naturally, are always nervous about how their precious work is going to look, but the very clever Craig Phillips has come up with an absolute winner. I love its combination of spookiness and street smarts, and it captures the smart, creepy and funny tone of the book beautifully.

    Roll on August!

     

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