There are times when maintaining a blog is a drag, a necessary evil for a fiction writer who would frankly rather spend her precious time writing fiction. Times when I struggle to find something interesting to blog about.
Other times there’s so much going on, I hardly know where to start. This is one of those times.
Monday this week saw the launch of Hard Labour, published by Crime Factory, an anthology of Australian short crime fiction, which includes my short story ‘Killing Peacocks’ among stories by Garry Disher, Peter Corris, Leigh Redhead, David Whish-Wilson and others.
The reviews are starting to roll in.
Grit meets girt by sea and no amount of water can wash away the dirt. Hard Labour, the all Australian crime anthology exemplifies this in a similar yet uniquely down-under way. Language as colourful as its characters, plots as sharp as its knife wielding crims – from tales of outback horror, traitorous hit men, MMA fighting, and cults, to not so common thieves, there is a little something here for everyone.
Fair Dinkum Crime (this one comes with a spoiler alert)
The individual contributions to Hard Labour are unified by Australian flavour and realism – and the recurrent theme of stuffing up. Narrators…draw the reader closer before slipping a knife between their ribs, with a smirk, a wisecrack or a gentle kiss.
Though I live with one of the editors, also a contributing author, I’m only just reading the whole anthology and I’m seriously impressed with the talent Crime Factory has assembled for this anthology. It’s a genuine thrill to have my own story, which one reviewer says “sings the murder ballad of an authentic, empathic character”, included in such a quality collection.
In other news, my publisher recently advised that my first two Jayne Keeney novels will be available in the USA from June 2013 — just before the third is due for release.
Hot on the heels of this welcome news, my first novel was brought to the attention of California based mystery novelist and blogger Margot Kinberg (thanks to Kathy Durkin). Margot not only included references to Behind the Night Bazaar in a couple of her distinctive, erudite thematic posts (see here & here), she generously featured me in a Best-New-To-Me Crime Fiction Authors meme under the title Getting to Know You.
I reckon using a lyric from a musical set in Thailand to introduce an author whose novels are set in Thailand is a master stroke.
The rest of the month promises to be busy with finishing the edits for the third book in the Jayne Keeney series, The Dying Beach, as well as several other projects I have on the boil.
Wouldn’t be dead for quids.