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Looking to 2011

  • Posted on December 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

If you’re a regular listener to Galactic Suburbia, don’t forget to check out the Boxing Day Super Mega Podcast over at Notes from Coode Street – Alisa, Alex and I joined Jonathan and Gary, along with Mondy from The Writer and the Critic and Grant from Bad Film Diaries. It was great fun to record, and I think we did a great job at summing up the last year and looking forward to the next one. I think we’re going to try to do it every year!

Marianne de Pierres has called on her writerly friends to blog about their writing plans for 2011. Margo has shared her plans here.

So here are mine:

Shattered City [Creature Court Book Two] will be out in April, and Reign of Beasts [Creature Court Book Three] in October. Those dates are pretty firm, as far as I know.

There’s also a short story quartet with Twelfth Planet Press, which is Not Announced yet, but which we accidentally discussed on Galactic Suburbia, so it’s silly to pretend it doesn’t exist. I’m really proud of these stories!

My writing plans for 2011 are quite single-minded: I have Fury, the first Nancy Napoleon novel, to write. It’s rather lovely, I’ve been turning it over in my head for a while now and am looking forward to March when I can tear into it. We’re planning on a ROR for September, so I’m planning to have Fury drafted and done by August.

I should have time to get started on something else towards the end of the year, especially if I do the Nano dance, but I’m leaving my plans open in that regard. If I’ve presold Fury by then, it might be sensible to get started on the next in that series, though I’d prefer to do something else in between. I have another dark fantasy series ticking away in the back of my head, plus several YA projects fighting for my attention.

Still, for the first half of the year at least, it’s all Nancy Nancy Nancy… and thanks to that delicious Australia Council grant, I have TWO full days of baby daycare to help me along the way.

Shattered City Sneak Peek

  • Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Yes, Creature Court #2, formerly known as Cabaret of Monsters, has been retitled The Shattered City. It’s due for release in April 2011.

Over at the Voyager blog, they have a sneak peek of the opening chapter!

How to find Tansy at Aussiecon 4

  • Posted on August 31, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I’m off to Worldcon tomorrow! I’ll be the one with the adorable 5-year-old girl in a superheroine t-shirt, and/or the equally adorable baby in the robot t-shirt.

Here’s my schedule as far as the formal programme goes:

Friday 1000 (Room 204)
Galactic Suburbia
Alisa, Alex and Tansy record a “live” episode of their SF discussion
podcast, Galactic Suburbia. On the menu for this episode: regular
segments SF News and What We’ve Been Reading, plus Worldcon gossip and
highlights. Pet Subject: our Favourite Female Heroes of SF/F.

Friday 1200 (Room 207)
Non-traditional publishing in YA spec fic
A discussion of the opportunities beyond traditional print-based
publishing and the challenges that lie ahead.

Friday 1000 (Room 204)
Galactic Suburbia
Alisa, Alex and Tansy record a “live” episode of their SF discussion
podcast, Galactic Suburbia. On the menu for this episode: regular
segments SF News and What We’ve Been Reading, plus Worldcon gossip and
highlights. Pet Subject: our Favourite Female Heroes of SF/F.
Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts

Friday 1200 (Room 207)
Non-traditional publishing in YA spec fic
A discussion of the opportunities beyond traditional print-based
publishing and the challenges that lie ahead.
Peta Freestone, Kate Eltham (chair),Tansy Rayner Roberts, Patrick
Nielsen Hayden

Friday 1500 [30 mins] (Rm 207)
Probably from Power & Majesty!

Saturday 1100 (Room 211)
Capes and skirts: The plight of female superheroes
Superman has starred in six feature films. Batman has starred in
seven. Wonder Woman has starred in none. The female superhero has been
a constant presence through the history of American comic books, but
yet has never managed to reach the traction of their male
counterparts. Who are the super heroines who succeed? Which ones fail?
Why can’t theyfind as big an audience, and what needs to be done to change that?
Why haven’t we seen a Wonder Woman movie?
Tansy Rayner Roberts, Karen Healey, Peter V. Brett, Seanan McGuire

Saturday 1700 (Rm 203)
Academic Panel: Fantastic females: reworking feminism in women’s fantasy
Is fantasy the new vanguard of feminist politics in specfic?
Fantasy authors discuss the role of gender issues in their work
Delia Sherman (mod), Catherynne M Valente, Gail Carriger, Alaya Johnson,
Glenda Larke, Tansy Rayner Roberts

Sunday 1200 (Room 204)
The case for a female Doctor
He’s transformed from an old man into a young one, so why not from a
man into a woman? Doctor Who remains one of the most imaginative and
open-ended science fiction programmes ever produced, but can the
format extend to include a female Doctor? What other elements of the
series are necessary? Does he/she have to have a TARDIS? Does there
need to be a companion? Must the series be British? An examination of
how far you can stretch the world’s most stretchable science fiction series.
Tansy Rayner Roberts, Carolina Gomez, Kerrie Dougherty,
Catherynne M. Valente, Paul Cornell

Monday 1300 (Room 213)
The world of YA spec fic reviewing
Those who know will share their experiences of reviewing YA
Speculative Fiction – and might make some suggestions.
Lili Wilkinson, Ian Nichols, Tansy Rayner Roberts,
Megan Burke (chair)

Otherwise if you want to catch up just to say hi, one of the best places will probably be the Twelfth Planet Press stall in the dealer’s room!

Book Trailer!

  • Posted on July 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm

This gorgeous trailer was made for me by my friends Daryl & Rowena!

CreatureCourtCast #3: the Mean Streets of Aufleur

  • Posted on June 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

In which I talk about the construction of my fantasy city, why I particularly like fantasy with cities in it, the inspiration I drew from a trip to Rome, and the perils of mapmaking. I also read a section from a later chapter of the book (though edited out the worst spoilers) which shows off a bit of the city and includes a fight scene, to balance out all the chat about frocks in the previous ep!

Apologies for the mangled pronounciation of ‘chimaera’ by the way – this is the peril of learning one’s vocab from books! I do know it’s pronounced with a hard ‘ch’ but I only learned this after about 15 years of saying it ‘sh’ in my head and old habits die hard. In the interests of the public right to know I actually had to stop the recording and figure out how the hell I should pronounce ‘Diamagne’ (trouble with madeyuppy names & words is sometimes you don’t figure out how to say them until you have to) until I finally twigged – same way you say Charlemagne, duh!

Happy listening to all. I think I’ll do one more of these before the end of the release month – will take suggestions and requests for the final reading!

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Book Plates!

  • Posted on June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

The book plates have landed!

These were designed for me by the marvellous and multi-talented Rowena Cory Daniells (whose own trilogy King Rolen’s Kin is due out from Solaris in a month or so) – I like particularly that it reflects the colours and style of my Creature Court website, but of course also the black cat who represents Ashiol, one of Power and Majesty’s many anti-heroes.

If anyone would like a signed book plate to personalise their copy of Power and Majesty, and/or for a friend, or if you have a use for a larger number of bookplates – like if you work for a bookshop – please send me an email at, or DM me on Twitter at @tansyrr (apparently you can’t DM me unless I follow you, so email may be best option for most) to let me know how many you need/what names to sign them to if any, and also a postal address.

Power and Majesty Updates

  • Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

On the Voyager website they have a slightly more extended sample from the book – fair warning, though, it cuts off with far less regard to a proper stopping place, so might leave readers more frustrated than when they started!

The good news is that for many of you the wait is coming to an end. I’ve had a couple of reports from people who pre-ordered copies of the book that it has come into stock in their mainland-chain-bookstore-of-choice. And of course Hobartians have been able to purchase the book from The Hobart Bookshop since Thursday – but nowhere else! This will all change shortly I hope, though I have signed a lot of stock for Chris & Janet at the Hobart Bookshop, so if you want to pick up a signed copy that’s still a good place to go.

No word yet on which is the best option for overseas readers to order through. Both the Book Depository and Fishpond have listings for Power and Majesty, though neither seem to have actual stock yet. If anyone does successfully order the book from a country other than Australia or New Zealand, let me know how you did it and whether it’s a recommended service!

The launch went very well – booksellers, author, and many of the guests were happy with it! I have blogged about it in more detail here, but in short – it was a fun evening, the children looked gorgeous and so many of my nearest and dearest turned up to launch the book in style. Goodness, am I going to have to do this every six months? (heh, good problem to have, I know)

I expect to have a new CreatureCourtCast up later this week – my voice is still recovering!

CreatureCourtCast #2: Fantasy with Frocks

  • Posted on May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Here I am again with a CreatureCourtCast for your listening pleasure. You can play it directly or download it from here, or subscribe over in iTunes. In this episode, I do a reading of the first scene I ever wrote in this book & talk a little about why clothes are very very important to this particular story (plot points! character building!).

It also happens to be the scene that explains why the woman on the front cover of the book is wearing that particular dress…

Also, the podcast has dated slightly already in that Tehani announced on Twitter today that her local bookshop has copies of P&M! They’re still in boxes, though, so technically it’s not a “sighting in the wild”. If anyone sees an actual book on an actual shelf in an actual bookshop (or better yet, purchases one!) please let me know!

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CreatureCourtCast #1 – naked boys fall from the sky

  • Posted on May 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm

This is the first episode in a mini-series of podcasts I will be releasing to celebrate the June 1 release of Power and Majesty.

Episode #1 features me reading the first chapter of the book and chatting a bit about my week and how this first chapter was responsible for the book getting sold to HarperVoyager.

More episodes to follow over the next couple of weeks! If you have any requests for topics for me to talk about or parts of the book to read, leave me a comment here on this post!

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Read Chapters 1-4!

  • Posted on May 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Voyager have been kind enough to put up a sneak peek for readers. You can now read Chapters 1-4 of Power & Majesty online ahead of the publication date.