Local author, Kura Carpenter has won the award for Best New Talent in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards which were declared over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The Sir Julius Vogel awards were announced at GeyserCon, New Zealand’s 4oth National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Kura’s debut novel, The KingFisher’s Debt, an urban fantasy novel set in Dunedin, was released in 2018 to wide acclaim. Well done Kura! What a fantastic achievement for this up and coming local talent. Can’t wait to see what she produces next. If you haven’t already read The KingFisher’s Debt, do yourself a favour, get … Continue reading Local Author Kura Carpenter wins the coveted Sir Julius Vogel Award
Don’t forget to come along to the Fantasy Author Panel at the Dunedin City Library at 5:30pm on Wednesday 7 May. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear some local fantasy and science fiction authors reading from their favourite work and answering questions from the audience. Continue reading Read about it in The Star, then come along to the Dunedin Library on Tuesday 7 May
We are delighted to advise that Dunedin author and founding member of the Dunedin Speculative Fiction Group, Kura Carpenter, is a finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for 2019. Kura has been nominated for two awards – Best Novel … Continue reading Local author nominated for Julius Vogel Awards
Okay – so you’re going to write a fantasy novel set in a fantasy world. It could be an alternate version of our world [which is fine] but, more often, writers choose to set their story in a new world … Continue reading World-building for Fantasy Authors
The following blog appeared on my author website on 3 April and is re-posted here. So, you’re ready to start writing. What do you do now? Well, there are a couple of different schools of thought on how to proceed. … Continue reading Getting Started 3: Just start writing or develop a planned outline? Plan or Plunge?
The following blog appeared on my author website on 28 March and is re-posted here. In my last blog, I discussed one of the biggest obstacles to writing that novel you always wanted to write — finding [or allocating] the … Continue reading Getting Started 2: I don’t have the talent to write a fantasy novel
The following blog originally appeared on my author site and is re-posted here. Does this sound at all familiar? You’ve got this great idea for a fantasy story that’s been bubbling away in your head for some time now, but … Continue reading Getting Started on Writing that Fantasy Story
Some of our members have been gearing up for the forthcoming Edge of the World Expo which will be held at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin on the weekend of 16 and 17 March. Continue reading Some of our members preparing for the Edge of the World Expo
Want to see the trailer for the new Tolkien biopic? It’s available now. According to tor.com: “The life of J.R.R. Tolkien was as tumultuous as his books: orphaned at young age, marked by World War I, fighting to woo the … Continue reading New Tolkien biopic due soon!
If you’re a member of SpecFicNZ, and your book isn’t listed on their site, then think about doing so. SpecFicNz have put out a call on their website for members to get cracking and get their book[s] listed now! Continue reading Is your book listed at SpecFicNZ?