Antipodean Queen 1: HEART OF BRASS

HEART OF BRASS is my first published novel; the beginning of all my (mostly Australian) steampunk fantasy stories. You can buy it directly from me here (I’ll sign it and post it to you), and in all the usual book places (online and offline). You can also buy the full Steam & Sorcery pack here (allContinue reading “Antipodean Queen 1: HEART OF BRASS”

Steampunk Stories

I have amused myself for some years by writing a number of stories and novels in a wide range of utterly different formats. Presumably this is due to an unconscious desire to confuse and frustrate the largest possible number of my own readers. Now that the book trilogy is finished I have put together a fullContinue reading “Steampunk Stories”

Playing Fast and Loose with History

It’s possible you’ve heard that after ten glorious months, “And Their Souls Were Eaten” is just about to have its final release posted. It’s an interactive serial story that ran for ten months with (roughly) weekly updates. The total word count is around 370,000 (you get about a quarter of that per read-through) so I’mContinue reading “Playing Fast and Loose with History”

News about “Choices That Matter” story app.

Eep, I really haven’t written for a while. In my defence, I am in a whirlwind of writing as I finish “Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten”, write the sequel to “Heart of Brass” (it’ll be a trilogy by the end of next year), and research and write [redacted] for [redacted], which is terribly exciting.Continue reading “News about “Choices That Matter” story app.”

Procrastination Technique #452: Reviews

I’ve written about reviews before, and I’m always fascinated, whether the review is positive or. . . not so much. The Tin Man Games app “Choices: And The Sun Went Out” (including the second story, my steampunk fantasy, “Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten”) has just under a hundred reviews (mostly just stars) on itunesContinue reading “Procrastination Technique #452: Reviews”

Getting into the reader’s mind

NB There are structural spoilers ahead for “Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten”, and more mid-level spoilers in the comments. Regular readers will know that I live and breathe “Choices: And The Sun Went Out”, a serial interactive story produced by Tin Man Games. (It’s a massive story app available on Android or itunes, withContinue reading “Getting into the reader’s mind”

“Stuff and Nonsense” cover

    I’m learning Twine while writing a game for the IF Comp. If I want to put an image into the game, the simplest way is to link to a url. Specifically, this one. Probably. If I’m doing this right. Photographer: Jody Cherry (Exposure Studios) Hair & Make-up: Jody Cherry (Cherrish Hair & Make-upContinue reading ““Stuff and Nonsense” cover”

Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten

I’ve been working very hard on this story app for Tin Man Games all this year, and I’m incredibly proud of it. The beginning is free, and the rest costs a few dollars (or a LOT of ads if you choose that option on Android). It’s a subscription story that releases a new section eachContinue reading “Choices: And Their Souls Were Eaten”

Dancing, Duelling, Delicious: The official book launch for HEART OF BRASS

You know what’s cool? Nurofen tablets are sugar coated. * HEART OF BRASS had her official Book Launch yesterday as part of the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival, an absolutely huge event. I was written about (with a cover image) in Canberra Weekly magazine (96,000 readers!) and in the Canberra Times, as well as various otherContinue reading “Dancing, Duelling, Delicious: The official book launch for HEART OF BRASS”

Tick, Tick

I’m counting the hours until the launch, and desperately hoping I sleep through most of them. It’s been a crazy few weeks (not even a month!) since HEART OF BRASS was released. There are hundreds of moving parts to the launch, each with their own unique quirks, and my publisher and I and the CanberraContinue reading “Tick, Tick”

Happy Birthday, Heart of Brass

You may have heard a rumour that books take a while to get published. This is what I looked like around the time I finished the first draft of HEART OF BRASS: This is what I looked like when the finished book was shortlisted in the Text Publishing Prize (editing takes a while too):  Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Heart of Brass”

HEART OF BRASS cover reveal

Here it is… On the publisher’s website it has an official release date less than a week away! If you’re in Canberra and you want your copy signed, email me at fellissimo@hotmail.com and I’ll see what I can do. I’ll also be at certain conferences this year, including: Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival 1-11 SeptemberContinue reading “HEART OF BRASS cover reveal”

Draft Book Trailer

Well, we’re 20 minutes into June here and the novel HEART OF BRASS isn’t out yet. TRY NOT TO PANIC. I’ve known for a little while that it was unlikely to be finished in May (as previously announced). Stuff happened. Non-fatal stuff, which is my favourite kind of stuff (especially when it comes to gettingContinue reading “Draft Book Trailer”

Steampunk Interactive Fiction

My steampunk universe is wandering free in several forms (with at least one more time, place and engine still to come) so I need to clean house and make things clearer. I’m adjusting the category tag I use to coordinate things to “All Steampunk Fiction” and having two facebook pages – one for interactive fiction,Continue reading “Steampunk Interactive Fiction”

HEART OF BRASS novel to be published May 2016

Today I finally signed the contract for HEART OF BRASS with Odyssey Books. This is the first of allll my steampunk Australia books (I wrote it before Louisette was born). It’s a (non-interactive) novel that has a tentative release date of MAY 2016!!! It will be released in both print and digital formats, and is likelyContinue reading “HEART OF BRASS novel to be published May 2016”

“Worst one I’ve played”: Reviewing the Reviewers

It’s finally happened: my first interactive (that is, Choose Your Own Adventure-ish) Australian steampunk novel is wandering unsupervised in the great big world, gathering reviews near and far (and scaring its mother half to death). My very first review was the hilarious comment “Worst one I’ve played”, accompanied by one star. I’m genuinely delighted by such aContinue reading ““Worst one I’ve played”: Reviewing the Reviewers”

The marching of metal feet

It’s been a long journey to publication (although laughably short compared to, say, STORMHUNTER) but ATTACK OF THE CLOCKWORK ARMY will be released very soon. I am, naturally, delirious with excitement. This is it! The steampunk Australia story I’ve been working on since before Louisette existed. [The novel HEART OF BRASS is chronologically first in-world, butContinue reading “The marching of metal feet”