I’m excited to announce that my short story ‘The Teardrop Tattoos’, has been shortlisted for the 2011 Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards.
The story is a change of pace for me. Unlike my novels, which are set in Thailand, with ‘The Teardrop Tattoos’ I set myself the challenge of writing something closer to home, turning what Sophie Cunningham calls a tourist’s eye on my own suburb in Melbourne’s inner north, where black-clad widows rule the streets and people knit covers for bicycle stands and signposts.
‘The Teardrop Tattoo’ is inadvertently topical, the plot involving a restricted breed dog. I submitted it for the competition only weeks before four-year-old Ayen Chol was tragically killed in an attack by a pit bull terrier, prompting the Victorian State Government to strengthen laws on restricted breeds.
The Scarlet Stiletto winners will be announced at an event on 25 November 2011 at The Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne. Details here.
A chance meeting on a flight to Sydney last week found me swapping life stories with Kiwi-born personal trainer Anita Clarke, who was on her way to New York to run the marathon. Within days Anita told me she was reading The Half-Child, having downloaded it from Amazon. Wouldn’t have happened if she’d had to rely on an airport bookshop for a copy.
Now if Santa brings me the Christmas gift I’m asking for, I’ll get to experience first-hand what all the fuss is about…
Finally, I’m chairing a session at The Wheeler Centre called Above the Law featuring barrister/media watchdog/crime fiction author Stuart Littlemore and ex-cop/West Africanmusic afficianado/crime fiction author PM Newton this Thursday 10 November 2011. Free event but bookings recommended.