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T P Hogan Interviews Darian Smith

Here I am being interviewed by the wonderful T P Hogan from Australia. It was one of the hottest days of summer and I turned off my fan to preserve sound quality so…see if you can spot the point at which I die of heat-stroke! A big thank you to […]

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists – 2018

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists – 2018 The list of finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is out and I’m thrilled to be on it. A huge thank you to the organisers and everyone who nominated me.  Also, congratulations to all the other excellent finalists! Starlight’s Children (the […]

Black Panther and the Case of the Reverse Racism

Black Panther and the Case of the Reverse Racism If you’ve been under a rock and somehow missed it, the movie Black Panther was released recently.  It has made quite a splash on social media and a good portion of this is due to it’s being one of the few […]

Death Becomes Me

So here’s a blast from the past. They say “Write what you know” and the Agents of Kalanon books are essentially murder mysteries so naturally I had to get murdered, right? Fortunately, the world of television came to my rescue so I didn’t have to do it for real! This […]

Last days for Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards

The nomination period for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards closes at 8pm on February 2nd. The SJVs are New Zealand’s only awards to recognise excellence in speculative fiction and anyone can make a nomination.  To do so, just follow this link and enter the details requested. The latest of […]

Movie Review – Ghost in the Shell

Movie Review – Ghost in the Shell Full disclosure – I’ve never seen the original Manga source material for this movie so I can’t comment on how closely this movie follows it.  But I’d heard the semi-robocop concept (a woman, near death, has her brain transplanted into an artificial body […]

Movie Review – Bright

Movie Review – Bright I’ve been looking forward to this movie for months.  Will Smith and Netflix are put together in a concept that is really up my alley.  A modern day police drama with orcs and elves and a dark lord returning?  Sign. Me. Up. I love to see […]

Psychology for Writers Workshops

Based on and adding to the Psychology Workbook for Writers, this workshop will spend time outlining how to use psychological theories to develop great characters and interesting conflict in your fiction. (Sign up to my newsletter as well and get a 25% discount.) To book or for more details, email […]


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