Recent and Upcoming Events

I can’t believe it’s August already and that I go back to teaching tomorrow. The summer was amazing! Not only was it actually hot in Finland, but I had an amazing time at FinnCon and managed to finish writing the book I started working on in April. This autumn is kicking off in a similar vein!

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On Wednesday. I’m heading off to LonCon3 – it’ll be my first time in London and my first time at a WorldCon. I’ll be on two panels at the convention. Those are as follows:

Friday August 15

The Trouble with Teens

Capital Suite 15 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

What are some of the big obstacles associated with writing a teen-centric story within an adult-centric world? What dangers lay in wait for the unprepared first time YA writer? What do young adult readers expect to see in their stories and how will you know if you’ve gone off target in the writing process?

Sunday August 17

SF/F Across Borders

Capital Suite 9 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Genre writers such as Vandana Singh, Geoff Ryman, Tricia Sullivan, and Zen Cho are already travellers to other worlds. Many authors write as resident outsiders, and want to write their new homes as well as their old. How does the experience of moving between countries affect the writing of fiction? How can or should writers respond to the varying power dynamics of race, language and culture involved in such migrations? And how should readers approach the stories that result?

I can’t wait to see London and hang out at WorldCon – hope to see you there!

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While in London, I will also be participating in a blog take over for Inked Rainbow Reads on August 15. The take over is happening all day with lots of giveaways and general LGBT+ awesomeness. I’ll be on the blog at 14.00 US CST time (That’s 2-3 PM). I’ll be chatting about The Other Me, why Treasa is gender non-conforming and more. Hope to see you there!

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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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