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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia.

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The first two novels of my trilogy, The Talismans, are not available as e-books at present, but I expect to get them back online shortly. However, I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

Buy The Talismans

The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. I hope to see my books back on Amazon under a new publisher in the near future.

The Dagger of Dresnia

The Dagger of Dresnia
Want a copy? Contact me at satimafn(at)gmail.com

The Cloak of Challiver

The Cloak of Challiver
Available again as an ebook soon!

Mythic Resonance

Buy Mythic Resonance

Mythic Resonance is an excellent anthology that includes my short story 'La Belle Dame', together with great stories from Alan Baxter, Donna Maree Hanson, Sue Burstynski, Nike Sulway and nine more fantastic authors! Just $US3.99 from Amazon. Got a Kindle? Check out Mythic Resonance.

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Places I've lived: Manchester, UK

Places I've lived: Manchester, UK

Places I've lived: Gippsland, Australia

Places I've lived: Gippsland, Australia

Places I've lived: Geelong, Australia

Places I've lived: Geelong,  Australia

Places I've lived: Tamworth, NSW

Places I've lived: Tamworth, NSW

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Places I've Lived - Sydney
Sydney Conservatorium - my old school

Places I've lived: Auckland, NZ

Places I've lived: Auckland, NZ

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Places I've Lived: Mount Gambier
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Places I've lived: Adelaide, SA

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Places I've Lived: Perth by Day
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Places I've lived: High View, WV

Places I've lived: High View, WV

Places I've lived: Lynton, Devon, UK

Places I've lived: Lynton, Devon, UK

Places I've lived: Braemar, Scotland

Places I've lived: Braemar, Scotland

Places I've lived: Barre, MA, USA

Places I've lived: Barre, MA, USA

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Guest Post: Gillian Polack on her new novel - Langue[dot]doc 1305



Another blog swap, this time with Gillian Polack. Gill is a Satalyte author like me, as well as being a blog-buddy of long standing. 
  
Thank you, Satima, for inviting me and letting me share my new book with your readers.

The novel is a time travel one. I’d love to say "not as you know it”, but that would be a Star Trek joke and it’s not a Star Trek kind of story. Langue[dot]doc 1305 http://satalyte.com.au/product/langue-dot-doc-1305-gillian-polack/ was originally called Probabilities, because it needed a name and one hadn’t found it yet. Before that, it was called Timestream. Langue[dot]doc 1305 was merely the title that stuck. It was interesting that the novel didn’t find a title easily, because it was telling me how it wanted to be written the whole way through. It had a mind of its own. It wasn’t the only one.

I’m a historian. A Medieval historian, to be precise. This means that I know the Middle Ages from the historian’s approach, which is dynamic and amazing and wonderful… and really hard to fictionalise. A character (Artemisia) presented herself to me and said “I am the solution to your problems.” And she was. She’s the link between the historian side of me and the fiction side of me. Also, she’s a fictionalised historian. A literary historian, which is quite a different kind of historian to the one the time team needs, but nevertheless a historian.

Literary historians are wonderfully sophisticated. They can get their heads around cultural differences and personal contexts for texts and weird dynamics, like having to explain to a bunch of scientists that the world outside their cave is real and that the history they refused to study at school is happening. They can’t guarantee the scientists will listen to them, but they have the intellectual capacity to negotiate a particularly dangerous space. Artemisia was perfect for my story, even if she did things a bit differently to the way I had planned.

Technically, she was a fix for a technical problem. I wasn’t going to wimp-down my history and I wasn’t going to write a bad novel. Artemisia was never that technical, though. She stole my Zombie Ancestry History theory from me, for one thing. My Zombie Ancestry History Theory is the way I used to deal with the really bizarre assumptions about the Middle Ages that some students carry into class. I’ve developed a new method of describing it because now all the zombies in Medieval Europe belong to Artemisia.

Because Artemisia is also a historian and from Melbourne, people have started asking me if I’m she. I’m not. I’m only partly a literary historian and am not an expert in Clemence of Barking and am not Italian-Australian and… I’m getting defensive, aren’t I? The trouble with characters that overtake in that way is that they can change peoples’ view of you. I got a letter from a reader asking “Is Artemisia you?” in fact, which is what turned me defensive. I knew Artemisia had taken over the explaining most of the history in the novel. I knew she’d stolen my zombies. Maybe she was me and I was missing it because I was too invested in my own writing?

I asked my mother. She laughed at me. Apparently Artemisia is not me. Not even close. So even when a novel has a mind of its own, the characters in it can be themselves, not just shadows of the writer. That’s comforting.


You can read my post on Gill's blog at  http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/1343734.html 
Saturday, 22 November 2014

Book Review: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie


Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

Fascinating characters, well-depicted, and an intriguing plot. Abercrombie shines, as always, but this time his story-telling approach appears at first to be rather more conventional than usual. We have come to think of Joe Abercrombie as a cynical joker whose characters have even more than the average number of human flaws, but in Half a King, the 'hero', Prince Yarvi, has flaws more physical than emotional. Even so, this is very much a coming of age story, of a young man who must learn about life the hard way. Fortunately he's a fast learner, because there are obstacles to trip him at every step along the trail.

The surprise ending comes as a jolt, and we are left wondering - did Yarvi really just do what I think he's done ...? But we can see that yes, indeed, he did, and he did it out of necessity. Pragmatism is essential if one is to claim power and hold it. So Yarvi is no noble-minded knight in shining armour, and we have to have a quick rethink about this personality we've been barracking for. I wonder what he will get up to in the rest of the series?

The second book, Half the World, is due for release on Feb 17, 2015.

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