Tansy Rayner Roberts is the author of the Creature Court trilogy (HarperCollins: Voyager) which will be published from June 2010. Her novelette "Siren Beat" (Twelfth Planet Press) and short story "Like Us" (Shiny) were shortlisted for Aurealis Awards in 2009. See her online at http://tansyrr.com/
1. I’ve been avidly following your blog leading up to the forthcoming release of the first book of your Creature Court trilogy with HarperVoyager – can you tell us a little about your feelings leading up to the release of Power and Majesty?
I finally got to see the first cover draft this week and it’s starting to finally feel real. The first book is done and print-ready apart from one more word that needs to be added to the maps. Soooo close now. The countdown to June begins!
2. We’ve seen quite a lot of short work from you in the past, and of course your Mocklore books are part of your publishing history. Is there anything about your publishing journey you would change if you could?
The one thing I would do differently is that I wouldn’t sign a book contract without having an agent. You don’t realise when you’re starting out that even if you made the sale to the publisher yourself, bringing an agent in at that stage is the best thing you can possibly do, to protect your interests and your rights. If you don’t have an agent, then the week that your contract arrives for the signing is a *really* good time to get one. I’ve signed two book contracts in my life without an agent’s involvement, and regretted it both times. Never again.
3. What’s next for Tansy Rayner Roberts? What do you hope to achieve in the next five years in your writing?
Ha, that didn’t answer the five year part of the question, did it? I want to be selling books as fast as I can write them. I want to be challenging myself, and writing across different areas – I’m very into dark fantasy with shades of urban fantasy right now, but I also long to be a YA author, and at some point I do hope to be able to write something funny again that’s also marketable. I’d like to be earning a steady income from my writing – it doesn’t have to be a full time income, I have other things on my plate too! But being able to throw occasional cheques at the mortgage and fund my family’s travel habits would be pretty good. My baby will be in school in five years, think of all the time I’ll have to write!
4. Which Australian writers or work would you like to see on the Hugo shortlists this year?
5. I know you’re heading to Aussiecon in September – what are you most looking forward to about it?
Getting to see everyone! It’s been a long con drought for me, what with all that babygrowing I was doing last year. Mostly I want to grab on to all those friends that I so rarely see in person and talk until the sun comes up. There will also be some book releases there I am looking forward to, and of course it will be my first big event as a Voyager author which is scary and exciting all at once.
Also I’ll have both my girls there – Raeli has been coming to cons on and off since she was five months old, but Jem will be a newbie. It will be nice to show them off.
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