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Welcome to the website of Darian Smith, writer of fantasy and contemporary fiction.
14 August 2016
Currents of Change won TWO Koru Awards! One for Best First Novel and one for Best Short & Sweet Romance. Thank you so much to RWNZ for these awards.
5 April 2016
I'm thrilled to say that Currents of Change has been approved for the Awesome Indies list and awarded the Seal of Excellence. A big thank you to the team at Awesome Indies.
21 March 2016
The Short List for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is out and I'm very excited to be a finalist in three categories!
- Currents of Change is nominated for Best Novel
- Shifting Worlds is nominated for Best Collected Work
- Drag Marks is nominated for Best Short Story
Check out all the finalists here. The winners till be revealed June 5th.
23 August 2015
I've presented on the topic of using psychology to help writers create characters several times at various writer gatherings. Now, at last, I've put it in a book! The Psychology Workbook for Writers: Tools for Creating Realistic Characters and Conflict in Fiction covers various elements of psychology/counselling theory as they can be applied to writing, shows examples from novels and movies, then has worksheets to translate this into action - one to develop characters and one to develop story.
If you're a writer, check it out.
21 July 2015
Shifting Worlds is avaialble for pre-order! Get your copy now to be the first to read the collection Jennifer Fallon says "has it all."
19 July 2015
Also, for anyone attending the 2015 RWNZ Conference, come and say hello! I'll be presenting on the Sunday about planning your novel before you write it. There are some incredible speakers this year so I'm thrilled to be one of them.
21 May 2015
Currents of Change hit number one on an Amazon Best Sellers list today! Thank you to everyone who bought and enjoyed it. The Kindle edition is available at the special discounted rate of 99cents for a few more days.
7 March 2015
My novel, Currents of Change, is available for preorder. Be the first to get your copy!
12 December 2014
"Obscured Vision" is out and available for download from Amazon.
25 November 2014
"The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales" is selling fast. A second print run has already happened. Get your copy now.
Coming soon: "Obscured Vision" - a collection of short stories by various Word|Link authors, including myself.
And I'll be running part 2 of my "Planning Your Story" session at the SpecFicNZ meet up in December.
6 November 2014
Book Launch for "The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales" is Thursday November 13th. Click here for details.
28 Septemper 2014
Keep an eye out for "The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales". This anthology of christmas stories for children will be released next month and contains my story, "Albert and the Christmas Fairy".
I will also be presenting a workshop on Psychology and Writing at the International Writers Workshop on November 4th, and will be running a follow up to my session on planning for SpecFicNZ in November as well.
22 July 2014
Upcoming event - I'll be speaking at the SpecFicNZ Auckland get together on August 24th on the topic of planning a novel. What's the benefit of being a "Planner" rather than a "Pantser" as a writer? How can you design a planning strategy that suits your style as well as providing you with a strong outline for a story and eliminates the need for huge structural rewrites? Come and find out.
1 May 2014
"Baby Teeth" won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for best collected work this year! Congratulations to everyone involved.
5 April 2014
28 January 2014
Upcoming event - I'll be speaking at the NZ Romance Writers Association's Auckland Chapter meeting on April 5th about psychology and writing - how to put my counselling and couples therapy experience to good use in creating believable characters. Should be fun.
11 January 2014
I've officially signed with literary agency, Word|link. I'm very excited to have them working with me to market my novels to publishers around the world. Watch this space - there could be one coming to a bookshelf near you.
5 January 2014
Happy New Year! At the close of 2013, "Baby Teeth" was number one on the Goodreads best horror anthology list. You can still buy a copy here.
6 November 2013
"Baby Teeth - Bite Sized Tales of Terror" is being released in Auckland on November 14th, 5pm, at the Epsom Library. Come and get some food, drink, and scares as contributing authors read from this collection of stories for charity.
20 August 2013
Keep an eye on the Paper Road Press website for news of the soon to be released "Baby Teeth" anthology. This is a collection of short stories with bite, with all proceeds going to charity. You'll find my short story, "Recession", inside.
18 July 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed presenting on "Psychology and the Writer" at Au Contraire as well as being a panel member on the subject of editing short stories.
24 May 2013
I'm looking forward to the Au Contraire Convention in Wellington in July. I will be part of a panel on editing short stories and am also one of the finalists for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards so will be anxiously awaiting the results. Let me know if you're going to be there.
12 February 2013
New Zealand Book Month is coming and I've been asked to read some of my work at one of the events celebrating NZ literature throughout March. Check out my blog for details.
15 September 2012
I'm delighted to have recently been declared the winner of the 2012 SpecFicNZ/Steam Press Novel Manuscript competition. The judge described my novel as "well written and compelling throughout...definitely a standout..." Pretty exciting feedback. I hope others will feel the same.