Recent and Upcoming Events

This past week I was back in my home country of South Africa. While visiting family, I managed to sneak in a few promo events too.

A huge thank you to Michelle du Plessis of Hay House South Africa and Germaine de Larch of CtrlAltGender for inviting me to speak at the weekly CtrlAltGender meeting at Wits University. It was an absolute honour being the guest speaker and a moving, humbling, liberating experience getting to share the story behind my book The Other Me with so many beautiful, kind and compassionate souls.

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Later in the week, I returned to my high school where I spent an exuberant morning with teen age girls discussing the creative process as well as the hotness that is Four. There are undoubtedly quite a few photos of me with high school girls celebrating pyjama day on Instagram now.

Next up, I’ll be at FinnCon in Jyväskylä, Finland on Sunday July 14 on both the foreigners writing in Finland and the LGBT in SF/F panel. I am so excited to be sharing the stage with Cheryl Morgan for the LGBT panel!

And then I’m off to LonCon3 in August where I’ll be on two panels again, one discussing the cultural impact of immigration on SF/F and the other on the trouble with writing for teenagers. I am so excited and I hope to see you there!

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First translated publication!

Today I’m celebrating my first ever translation!

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My story Where Dreams are Grown, originally published by Niteblade Magazine in September 2012, has been translated into Finnish and published by Finland’s leading science fiction and fantasy magazine Tähtivaeltaja.

P1030600It’s rather surreal seeing my name on the front cover of this magazine!

Along with my story, I did a lengthy interview with the magazine, chatting about everything from why I left South Africa for Finland to what inspires my writing and what’s coming up next for me.

It was a huge honour to be featured in this magazine and I’d like to give a shout out to all the people who made this possible, as well as to all my Finnish readers. Thank you so much! If any of you are going to FinnCon this July, be sure to come by and say hi. I’ll be on a couple of panels at the conference and would love to meet you all!

 

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Spring Update!

So a few updates regarding all things writerly…

I’ve got two short stories coming out this year! And hoping to have a third published in Finnish this summer.

The first story is F is for Finale, scheduled for publication in the ‘A is for Apocalypse’ anthology by Rhonda Parrish. This is going to be an epic collection of shorts all dealing with an apocalyptic theme in very unique ways. That’s currently in edits and as soon as I have more info, I’ll be posting the details here.

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The second story is The Machinery of Xmas, which has been picked up for publication in Space Squid. I’m not sure when this story will be available, but watch this space for updates!

In other news, I can tell you that the cover for I Heart Robot is looking awesome! It’s so different and so striking. I can’t wait to share it with you, but we’re a few months away from official reveal yet. The wait will definitely be worth it, I promise :)

I’m currently waiting on edits for I Heart Robot while working on a quirky NA sci-fi romance about a boy from Texas who dreams of going to Mars.

And there you have it – all things writerly in a nutshell.

 

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Author Event at Sello Library

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It’s my first official library event and it’s happening tomorrow at Sello Library in Espoo. Not sure how many of you will be able to attend considering Espoo is the neighbouring city of the Finnish capital Helsinki, but if anyone in the Helsinki region feels like stopping by at 17.00 tomorrow, please do! I’ll be giving away autographed copies of Obscura Burning and The Other Me while discussing diversity in young adult fiction.

You can find out more at the HelMet pages here or check out the event on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

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It’s Almost Christmas!

My debut YA contemporary novel THE OTHER ME released just last week! In the spirit of Christmas, Harmony Ink Press is offering you 25% off all of its titles until December 26th. And you’ll get an even greater discount if you use the code below:

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You can see all Dreamspinner and Harmony Ink titles on their website over here. And of course The Other Me is on sale too!

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Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.

As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.

But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.

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Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you have a lovely week!

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