It’s New Year’s Eve and I’ve got less than 12 hours to complete the Aussie Authors Challenge I signed up for in 2011. I aimed for the ‘True Blue’ category of reading and reviewing 12 books by at least nine different Australian authors in a year. To date — that’d be nearly 365 days into the challenge — I’ve reviewed ten books by nine different Australian authors, eight of them women, eight of them crime fiction.
Of course, I’ve read more than ten books this year — and more than ten books by Australian authors. Problem is I’m too busy being an Aussie author to write more reviews.
This year I’ve finished a complete first draft of the third Jayne Keeney PI novel and started on the second draft. I’ve written two short stories, one of which won the Sisters in Crime 2011 Scarlet Stiletto Award. The other will appear in an Australian anthology of short crime fiction to be published by the awesome guys at Crime Factory in 2012. Stay tuned for more news on that in the New Year.
I’ve participated in three writers’ festivals and two panels at The Wheeler Centre, and had the pleasure of ‘appearing’ on radio several times to talk books, most recently on Radio National Summer Breakfast (see photo) to plug a couple of my favourite crime novels of the year (you can listen here).
So I’m not signing up for a large scale read-and-review challenge in 2012, especially with a new novel to deliver.
But I am participating as a guest author/reviewer in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge, an exciting project to promote the reading and reviewing of a wide range of contemporary Australian women’s writing throughout 2012, the National Year of Reading. I’ll be reading and reviewing at least one book in a genre other than my own and writing a review for the Australian Women Writers blog. You can sign up to participate in the challenge here.
Now you’ll have to excuse me, Thanks to my gorgeous partner, I’ve got a brand new Kindle to play with over the summer and piles of books and ebooks to devour.
Happy New Year everyone. And happy reading.