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

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The first novel of my trilogy, The Talismans, is available as e-books from Smashwords, Amazon and other online sellers. I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $AU25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. Book two of the trilogy, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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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

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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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Thursday, 20 March 2014

A thousand thanks to my myriad writing friends




The cover will be unveiled soon!

It's only a month now until my first novel, The Dagger of Dresnia, is released. It's been an exciting frustrating, overwhelming, journey from the day in 2003 when the first idea came to me, and I couldn't have done it without a lot of help. 

More experienced writers helped me in various ways critiquing my work, going the extra mile when teaching classes or workshops, even just making encouraging remarks in person or on my blog. If you have been one of the people who did these things or otherwise helped and encouraged me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. The speculative fiction writing world is sustained by one of the most open, friendly and kindly communities I've ever been involved in. 

My publisher recently asked me to send him copy for the Acknowledgments page, and below you will see what I wrote. Many people are included as members of this group or that — to mention them all by name would have produced a book fatter than an encyclopedia volume!

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For many years, I thought I knew how to write. I’d had many features and reviews published in national journals; I’d won the odd poetry competition — and of course, I could write a book if only I had a story…

Such vain imaginings! When a story finally came to live with me, I quickly found that getting that story down on paper needed quite different skills from the ones I already had. What was all this stuff about point-of-view, three-act structure, character and story arcs and many other terms I’d never heard before? I had never realised how divergent fiction writing would be from journalism and versification.

I am a slow learner and needed many teachers, and I was lucky that the ones who helped me were among the best. Here, in more-or-less chronological order, are some of the many mentors and colleagues who patiently gave me more assistance than I probably deserved: Julie Banfield, Michèle Drouart, Juliet Marillier, Dave Luckett, Glenda Larke, Karen Miller, Phillip Berrie, Patty Jansen, Ian Nicholls, Stephen Dedman, Fiona Leonard, Tom Edwards, Joanna Fay, Sarah Lee Parker, Carol Ryles, Helen Venn, Robert Denethon and all the lovely members of the Stromatolights writing group, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Centre’s SF group, the Online Writers Workshop and the various other groups I've belonged to over the years. A special wave to Lee Battersby, Lynn Flewelling and Fiona McIntosh, who saw the potential in that little scene I wrote at Lee’s instigation while at Swancon 2003. You will get to read it in book two. Who knew that from less than a thousand words, a trilogy would grow?

And not forgetting, of course, my lovely publishers, Stephen and Marieke Ormsby at Satalyte Publishing, who have been generous, diligent and patient in making The Dagger of Dresnia into a real, live book!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Thinking of self-publishing?

There is an excellent 'buyer beware' post up at The Militant Writer, on what to watch out for when looking for self-publishing asssistance. Check it out at
http://maryww.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/greedy-businesses-target-self-published-authors/

I decided against self-publishing because I am not techie enough to get a book online without a great deal of help - and I really want to see The Dagger of Dresnia in hard copy, which I can't afford to pay for.

Hopefully Dagger will be ready to publish within the next month, thanks to my publisher, http://satalyte.com.au/ I had a sneak peek at a possible cover last week and am happy to report that it's going to be gorgeous!
Saturday, 1 March 2014

Still busy, and busier yet!

I'm on the second round of edits for The Dagger of Dresnia and guess what? I got a sneak peak at a possible cover yesterday! It's looking great and I can't wait to see the finished version.

Coverage of the Perth Writers Festival for Artshub went well. With my colleague Ilsa Sharp, I attended the three day event to hear such amazing writers as Lionel Shriver and Martin Amis. Here's our report on talks by these two guests of honour:  
http://www.artshub.com.au/festival/news-article/review/festivals/perth-writers-festival-lionel-shriver-and-martin-amis-198238

Our day one report is at 
http://www.artshub.com.au/festival/news-article/review/festivals/perth-writers-festival-day-one-198235

And you can find day two at
http://www.artshub.com.au/festival/news-article/review/festivals/perth-writers-festival-day-two-198243

And here's day three
http://www.artshub.com.au/festival/news-article/review/festivals/perth-writers-festival-day-three-198250

I reviewed several lovely shows in February, too. The wonderful Ballet at the Quarry is an annual event I always look forward to. You can read about this year's effort at

http://www.artshub.com.au/news-article/festival/news-article/review/festivals/ballet-at-the-quarry-radio-and-juliet-198050

I also went with friends to hear a wonderful concert by the river with Perth Symphony Orchestra, but I didn't review that one. Aren't I lucky to live in a climate where outdoor shows can be mounted for at least six months of the year?

Another amazing dance show was the Batsheva Company from Israel:

http://www.artshub.com.au/news-article/festival/news-article/review/festivals/deca-dance-198064

Then last week I went to hear the ever-popular Chamber Jam, a monthly show at the Ellington Jazz club that I always enjoy:

http://performing.artshub.com.au/news-article/review/performing-arts/chamber-jam-198299

That's all on the reviewing front - I pulled my horns in with this year's festival and fringe because I knew I would be busy with the edits. But there's more busy-ness: I'm now teaching two theatrical dance classes a week at the Trinity School for Seniors in Perth. And I do want to keep up my own fitness by doing at least one circuit class and one one belly dance class each week, otherwise I won't be fit enough to teach!

That's enough waffle - I'd better get back to the editing! I'm only a third of the way through the second pass and my deadline is in a fortnight.  I'll let you know when I arrive at the finish line, panting and puffing!








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