A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have recently achieved incredible successes. They cover an array of genres from science-fiction to crime novels, short stories to poetry and biographical tales. Many are first-time novelists whilst others are celebrating being picked up by a publisher. Congratulations to you all, you are a reminder that with continued hard work and perseverance we can all achieve our goals of publication.
Amanda Holohan has just had her second book published with Penguin Books, Unwanted, a YA piece of science-fiction. This follows on from the success of her first book, The King’s Fool, which was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards in 2006.
Ambra Sancin was shortlisted for the Melaleuca Blue 2014 Life Writing Competition. In addition, her story Working Out for our Mussels was included in the anthology You’ll Eat Worse Than That Before You Die, which was published in February 2015 by Melaleuca Blue Publishing.
Andrew Kwong has recently won the 2014 Australian Medical Association (NSW) Writing Competition with his short story, Miss Higgins, a short tale of a nursing home patient and her doctor.
Denis Fitzpatrick has published a collection of stories, Amongst the Ways of God, containing all of his short stories so far published at The Short Story Club, including A Momentous Epiphany and Bygones Beth, two of his latest creations. In addition he has also separately published his latest short story, Very Loud, a story of a young man who likes to party at Rozella Psychiatric Hospital.
Emma Ashmere will have her first novel, The Floating Garden, published by Spinifex Press in May. Emma has previously had over 15 short stories published in various publications including Griffith Review, The Age, and Sleepers Almanac.
Felicity Pulman, whose six medieval crime novels, The Janna Mysteries, are now being published by Momentum (Pan Macmillan) under the series title The Janna Chronicles. #1 Blood Oath and #2 Stolen Child are now out, with #3 Unholy Murder having been launched on the Friday night of the inaugural Historical Novels Society Australia conference, March 20-22.
Michele Fermanis-Winward exchanged visual art for word pictures, her book of poetry, Threading Raindrops, is published by Ginninderra Press. It is also available from Megalong Books Leura, Gleebooks and in Ebook format.
Mitchell Hogan, winner of the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel, has signed a three book deal for his currently self published epic fantasy series, The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, with Voyager Australia, in a world English deal for simultaneous publication including the US/UK/Australia/Commonwealth.
Noel Jeffs has been published in Southerly’s Australian Dreams 2 with his poem Of the Doll-. Keep an eye out for his next two creations which Southerly have just picked up for publication.
Robyn McWilliam has just published her second crime novel, Malevolent Desire, with Amazon. It tells the story of lives torn apart after the bodies of several young women are found murdered and mutilated within the grounds of Phillips University.
Sarah Bourne has recently published her second novel, Two Lives, with Custom Book Publications to very positive feedback. This follows up on the success of her first novel, Never Laugh At Shadows, published in April 2014.
Sydney Srinivas has just published a biography, Albert Einstein, with Prism Books Pvt. Ltd in India. This is his second English written book having previously published seven biographies in his native language, Kannada. Albert Einstein is a comprehensive account of the life and times of Einstein, interweaving the socio-cultural and political ethos of the times with Einstein’s life.