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Bye, Bye Twitter (For a bit)

Tue, 30 May 2017 14:02:44 +0000

Late Sunday night I realised I hadn’t looked at Twitter all day. That never happens. I’m a Twitter addict. Sunday was wonderful. We cycled from the East Village to Red Hook and back, via Vinegar Hill and Dumbo, taking breaks to eat and explore the various neighbourhoods along the way. It was splendid and I […]

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The Faddishness of Publishing

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:56:07 +0000

NB: Every example I give in this post will soon be out of date. I’m only talking Young Adult publishing in the USA. What follows may be a tad exaggerated. Publishing may be an old and crusty industry, that sometimes still runs on handshakes, but it is also flighty and driven by fads. Right now […]

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On Writing a Good, Kind, Nice, Empathetic Main Character

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:51:12 +0000

What’s the hardest part of writing has to be one of the most frequently asked questions. For me the answer to that question depends on what I’m writing. I don’t just mean whether I’m writing a blog post or a novel. It changes with each particular piece of writing. My latest novel, My Sister Rosa, […]

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Me at NYC Teen Author Festival

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:32:01 +0000

The NYC Teen Author Festival begins this Sunday. I will be at the opening event on Sunday to cheer everyone on. Here’s my schedule for the rest of the festival: Wednesday, 22 March, 42nd St NYPL, South Court, 6-8: Writing New York City A gathering of writers who’ve written about New York City talking about […]

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The Problem with “Boy Books”

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:25:46 +0000

Every time I hear someone talking about the lack of boy books I die a little inside. Books have no gender. The lack of boy books is not a problem1; the problem is adults assuming boys will only read books about boys. Here are two terrible assumptions embedded in that one little phrase boy books: […]

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Edgar Award Nomination and My Sister Rosa Extras

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 01:24:58 +0000

My Sister Rosa has been nominated for an Edgar Award. The Edgars are the Mystery Writers of America awards. They are named for Edgar Allen Poe. I am ecstatic. Let me explain, when I was little Edgar Allen Poe was one of my absolute favourite writers. I read his short stories over and over. They […]

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Religion in My Sister Rosa

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:57:25 +0000

One of the characters in My Sister Rosa, Sojourner Ida Davis, is a deeply religious progressive Christian. This has elicited a range of responses from readers: from horror from the non-religious: Ewwww! Why is there religion in this book? To horror from conservative Christians, some of whom have expressed grave doubts that Christians like Sojourner […]

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Last Day of 2016

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:13:47 +0000

I almost didn’t write this post. It’s been such an awful year in so many ways. As a US citizen the election was particularly foul. People I care about had awful things happen to them. Some favourite celebrities died.1 But I am a creature of superstition and I’m convinced if I don’t write this post, […]

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Guest Post: Ambelin Kwaymullina: Thoughts on Being an Ally of Indigenous Writers

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:40:03 +0000

Today Ambelin Kwaymullina, who is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator from the Palyku people, has generously allowed me to publish this essay. I’ve been an admirer of Ambelin Kwaymullina’s work for some time. Not just her wonderful dystopian trilogy about a far future Australia, The Tribe series, but her thoughtful essays. She has become one […]

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My Sister Rosa USA Tour (updated)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:39:08 +0000

My eighth novel (and eleventh book), My Sister Rosa, publishes on Tuesday 15 November. These are my tour dates. I’ll be in Charleston, New York City, Chicago (area), Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta. If you’re in New York City we’re having a launch party on Sunday the 13th at Book Court. Details below. Would be lovely […]

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On Putting Your Work Out There

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:16:19 +0000

The authors copies of my eighth novel, My Sister Rosa, arrived today. It publishes in the US and Canada in less than a month. I’ve been through this eight times, eleven times if I count my non-fiction book and anthologies, yet it never stops being exciting and it never stops being scary. All I ever […]

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Accompanying Scott Westerfeld on His US Tour

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:51:46 +0000

For the next two weeks I’ll be accompanying Scott on his US tour. We’ll be hitting the San Francisco/Bay Area (Menlo Park, Santa Rosa, and SF), LA, the Phoenix/Tempe area, Chicago, Princeton NJ, and New York City. Do say hello and if you’ve got anything you’d like me to sign I’m more than happy to […]

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Launching Wai Chim’s Freedom Swimmer

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 03:31:53 +0000

Tomorrow, Friday 16th of September I have the great honour of launching Wai Chim’s first YA novel, Freedom Swimmer, and it’s a corker. The book was inspired by Wai’s father’s escape from Mao’s China by swimming to Hong Kong. Wai tells a story of privation and love and friendship. The central relationship between Ming and […]

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Brisbane Writers Festival! This Weekend! I am in you!

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:07:37 +0000

Hello, Brisbanites, I will be in your fine city this weekend doing the following things at the Brisbane Writers Festival. All my events are on site. SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 11.30am – 12.30pm Panel: Psycho Auditorium 2, SLQ Justine Larbalestier, Caroline Overington, Caroline Kepnes moderated by Meg Vann Nothing I love more than talking about psychopaths. […]

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My WisCon 40 Guest of Honour Speech

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:44:12 +0000

Today in honour of James Tiptree, Jr.’s birthday I’m publishing my guest of honour speech from this year’s WisCon. WisCon is the longest-running feminist science fiction convention in the world. It’s an amazing con. My fellow guests of honour, Nalo Hopkinson and Sofia Samatar, will also be publishing their speeches. Both speeches are amazing. Check […]

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White Fragility post + posting WisCon GoH Speech soon

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:51:40 +0000

Last week I had a guest post over at the fabulous Reading While White blog. (I would have posted about it sooner but I’m on a writing holiday.) As you will have noticed from posts like these white folks and race is something I think about a lot. If you haven’t already seen it do […]

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Lili Wilkinson’s The Boundless Sublime

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 01:23:18 +0000

This Tuesday, 9 August 2016, at 6 PM I have the great pleasure of launching Lili Wilkinson’s amazing new novel, The Boundless Sublime at Kinokuniya in Sydney. The Boundless Sublime is a chilling thriller that deals with death, grief, brainwashing, cults, psychopaths, guilt, empathy, resilience and survival. Ruby Jane Galbraith’s brother has died under tragic […]

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How to Write Protagonists of Colour When You’re White

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:55:36 +0000

Step One: Ask Yourself Why Why are you writing this book? Why have you decided to write a protagonist whose background is different from your own? Is it because you want to make the world a better place? Because doing so seems to be the cool new thing? Because you lived for many years in […]

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Paperback US edition of Razorhurst in and My Sister Rosa News

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:24:43 +0000

Razorhurst is now available in the USA as a paperback, with a whole new look. The new cover is getting a very strong response. As a bonus, this brand-new paperback includes the first two chapters of My Sister Rosa. Cool, huh? You folks of the USA and Canada will get a teaser to get you […]

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Me in Madison, Wisconsin

Mon, 23 May 2016 23:14:06 +0000

This weekend I’ll be a Guest of Honour at WisCon in Madison Wisconsin. WisCon is the longest running feminist science fiction convention in the USA. I used to be a regular attendee and always had an amazing time. This will be my first time back in ten years. Pretty cool to return as a Guest […]

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Which of My Books to Read First (Updated)

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 03:03:54 +0000

This post is so I have somewhere to send people when they ask me which book of mine they should read first. Click on the links to learn more about each book. Authors who sensibly only write the one kind of book don’t have to write guides like this. I’m not envious. Honest. Update: There’s […]

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Getting Started is Hard

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:10:22 +0000

My biggest writing struggle is getting started. The novel I’m writing right now which I think of as the Psychopath Book because, unlike My Sister Rosa, it’s from the point of view of a psychoath, rather than just being about a psychopath. It was going pretty well until Rosa was published in Australia and New […]

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How do Awful People Create Beautiful Books?

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:22:34 +0000

I think we’ve all had the experience of meeting one of your favourite writers and them turning out to be horrible. They bark at their fans, they’re rude to their publicists. Sometimes you don’t even have to meet them. They launch online attacks on anyone who doesn’t give them five-star reviews, tweet racist “jokes”, or […]

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My Sister Rosa in Shops Today in Australia and New Zealand!

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:39:20 +0000

Today’s the day you can buy My Sister Rosa in Australia and New Zealand! Woo hoo! A new book by me! Out today! *dances* I hope you enjoy this charming tale of seventeen-year-old Australian Che Taylor’s adventures in New York City looking after his precocious psychopathic sister, Rosa Klein.1 Already critics are calling it, “Heartwarming […]

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My Sister Rosa USA Cover! (Updated)

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:18:30 +0000

My US publisher, Soho Teen, have come up with an amazing cover for My Sister Rosa. Feast your eyes: What do you think? I love it. I love the echoes of the famous Silence of the Lambs poster. It also reminds me of the cover of my parents’ edition of John Fowles’ The Collector, which […]

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