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My latest story 'The Do' will feature along side what's a fab lineup of Australian writers in We’ll Stand in That Place and Other Stories Ed. Michelle Cahill. MRP has revealed the gorgeous cover designed by Susan Miller.
Previously Shared Homes (trivia): I always love seeing if I've shared previous homes with writers. This time around Claire Corbett tops the list as it's the third publication we've been in together; and it's the second with Mark Smith. Sincere apologies if I've missed out on any of the other writers.
Currently Reading: Year's Best Fantasy Ed. David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer This dates back to 2001. David G. Hartwell unfortunately passed away in Jan 2016, so I regret not reading the anthology earlier. I have read the Michael Swanwick and George RR Martin's stories before (strong works as expected); and I can't wait to read Nalo Hopkinson's story as I regard her short work as sublime. Sadly, the fantasy and speculative fiction short story form doesn't always receive the critical acclaim it deserves. The best work in the genre is truly impressive, and if more people read the genre they would discover that it's predominantly not 'high fantasy' (it's not all medieval dwarves, elves, goblins, warriors and wizards - although they have a place too), but rather the genre consists of a vast range of settings, characters, ideas and styles, and the narratives are intelligent, well-crafted, and character-driven.
And I'm also reading Song of Solomon by the legendary Toni Morrison. Morrison is one of those writers who makes me embarrassed to put pen to paper.