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An interview and an article

Hi folks 🙂 We hope that Spring is treating you well so far. I, for one, am pleased to see a little more sunshine around the place.

Anyway, just a quick post to share a few more links with you.

Recently, Kate Krake of Vivid Scribe featured an article she wrote about Tales for Canterbury. It’s the first article I know of that’s been written, and Kate was a pleasure to work with.

Also, Kerryn Angell posted an interview she did with me (Cassie). If you haven’t picked up a copy of Tales for Canterbury yet, she’s actually giving away a copy, so why not head over and see what you need to do to be in to win?

Back in stock!

Hey folks, it’s been awhile since we’ve given you an update – sorry about that. Between the flu, school holidays and other fun stuff, we’ve been a little out of the loop. However, we just wanted to update you and let you know the first print run sold out a few weeks back, and we now have the second batch of books back in stock. So if you still haven’t picked up a copy, now is a great time to buy!

A few weeks ago Anna did an interview with one of the contributors, Tim Jones. You can have a read of that here; it gives some great behind the scenes insight into the project.

We’re still maintaining a 4+ star rating over at GoodReads, and if you need more convincing to go and order your copy I strongly suggest checking out Helen Lowe‘s A Peek Inside Tales for Canterbury series. So far she has posted snippets of her own story The Fountain, Tim Jones’ Sign of the Tui, Janis Freegard’s The Magician, Mary Victoria’s The Daughter of the Khan, and Juliet Marillier’s Juggling Silver. All great stories! What are you waiting for? Get reading!

Media round up

Hey folks! Well, it’s been a few weeks now since we released the digital and print versions of Tales for Canterbury and so far the feedback has been great! We thought we’d pull together the bits and pieces we’ve seen around the internet and share them with you.

First up, we have a couple of reviews. One from Goodreads, and the other over at LibraryThing. Both said really lovely things about the anthology, so thank you! It’s really great to get feedback, so if you have read the anthology why not write a few words about it? We’d love to hear what you thought.

Two of the contributors, Matt Cowens and AJ Fitzwater, talked to Lynn Freeman from RadioNZ, and the interview was aired on the 12th of June. If you missed it though, you can go to this page and download it 🙂

Also we’ve done a couple of interviews on blogs. I did one with Anna Scott Graham, which can be found here, and Anna and I both answered some questions for Wen Baragrey here.

If anyone else wants to help spread the word by hosting an interview or something, please drop us a line – with a resurgence of quakes in Christchurch, and yet more damage dealt, there is a huge need to raise funds. As you can see, we’ve reached half of our goal, but the more money we can get down there, the better.

Once again, a huge thanks for all the support!

It’s so pretty!

I got my print copy of Tales for Canterbury a few days ago now and am thrilled with how well it’s come out. Anna and I have been staring at bits and pieces of this book for months now on screen, so to see it in the flesh (a real live print book!) was surreal and amazing. I loved the cover on screen, but on the book? Oh, it’s just gorgeous.

See for yourself:

I think that all the pre-orders are in the mail now, so hopefully many of you have already got your copy – if not, they shouldn’t be too far away. And if you haven’t ordered yet? Go on! It’s a gorgeous book, for a great cause.

And it’s off!

The final files for the print version of Tales for Canterbury are now with the printer! It was an exciting, and slightly nerve-wracking moment when Anna hit the send button, but we’re thrilled that it’s off. Hopefully it will only be a few weeks before we have the books back, but we will keep you updated along the way.

The digital version should be ready for release shortly. The final touches are just being put in place, and we will let you know as soon as it’s available for download.

It’s so exciting to have the ‘putting together’ part of the anthology work done, and we’re looking forward to getting stuck into promotion. More than anything though, we’re looking forward to getting it into your hands 🙂

Don’t forget that we need your help to spread the word! Check out our last post, which had some suggestions for ways in which you can help.

Introductions, the last

We have the proof reading back! We’re just waiting to hear from a couple of authors, and finalize a few small things – so close now!

We have our last lot of introductions today, so without further ado…

Jesse Bullington is the author of the novels The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and The Enterprise of Death. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in various magazines, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Chiaroscuro, Jabberwocky, and Brain Harvest, as well as in anthologies such as Ekaterina Sedia’s Running with the Pack, James Lowder’s The Best of All Flesh, and Robin Laws’s The New Hero II. He currently resides in Colorado and can be found online at www.jessebullington.com.

Philippa Ballantine is the author of Geist with Ace Books, with another three books in that series coming out shortly; and Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, coming out from Harper Voyager this Spring. She is New Zealand’s first podcast author, and a Sir Julius Vogel winner for her podiobook Chasing the Bard. You can find out more about her at pjballantine.com

RJ Astruc’s fiction has appeared in like a billion places including Abyss & Apex, Strange Horizons, and Basement Stories. Her latest novel is A Festival of Skeletons; her new novel, Harmonica + Gig, is coming out in 2011. You can find RJ (and piles of free fiction) online here: www.rachelastruc.com

Have you ordered your copy?

Hi folks! As we approach the point at which we can release the digital version, we also get closer to sending the print files off to the press. So far sales have been great, and we’ve got a nice sized order to place. That said, there is always room for more!

The bigger our initial print run, the less expensive the cost of printing is, so if you haven’t placed a pre-order yet, now is the time to do so. Remember, the cheaper the cost of printing, the more money makes its way to Christchurch, and that’s what this is all about.

If you could please spread the word this week – send links, talk to friends, make your pre-order – that would be fantastic!

The last section is out with proof readers and we’ll be getting that back over the weekend – it won’t be long now!

Thanks for your support 🙂

Welcome to May

We had hoped to have the e-book version live by now, but it won’t be too much longer. We just have one section left to be proofread now – it’s so close! Thank you all for your patience with this. It was a huge task to undertake, but we’ll be there soon.

We only have a few more introductions to go, so without further ado:

Brenda Cooper is a Seattle-area futurist and writer, and also the CIO for the City of Kirkland. Brenda writes a monthly column for Futurismic called Today’s Tomorrows, and is the author of the Endeavor award winner for 2008: The Silver Ship and the Sea, and of the sequels, Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. She co-authored Building Harlequin’s Moon with Larry Niven. Her next book is Mayan December, coming from Prime Books in August 2011. See her website at http://www.brenda-cooper.com.

Brenda wrote the story, “Phoenix Dogs,” during the response to the Haiti earthquake, and is pleased to see it included in an anthology dedicated to helping Christchurch.

Cat Connor left her native Christchurch when very young and now lives in Wellington. This blue eyed, brunette mother of 7 and nurse maid to Missy the cat and a rabbit called Milly, has found the time to author 11 novels. Her latest being The Byte series featuring FBI agent Ellie Conway and published by Rebel e Publishing, South Africa. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and ezines in the USA and the UK. If you were to ask Cats family and friends about how they feel about her taking on the writing industry they will tell you that they are not surprised. She has an attitude that is never neutral and that means never being satisfied with just one accomplishment.

Cat is a member of Backspace.org, International Thriller Writers, Inc, Masters of Horror, and Kiwi Writers.org. She is active on Twitter and Facebook and blogs frequently at http://catconnor.blogspot.com

Anna Caro lives and writes in Wellington, NZ. Her short fiction has been published in M-Brane SF, Full of Crow, Antipodean SF and Khimairal Ink and she is the co-editor of A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction. Her blog is at http://blog.annacaro.org

I’ll put the last ones up in the next few days, and then we’ll hopefully be able to give you some more information about release dates. Take care and thanks again for all your support 🙂

More Introductions

Hey folks 🙂 Hope this post finds you all well. We have here a few more bios from our contributors, and are now more than halfway through them! We’re currently working on the layup, and getting the proof reading done. Things are still progressing well, and hopefully it won’t be long until we can give a more firm date on release.

Gwyneth Jones, writer and critic of science fiction and fantasy, is the author of many novels for teenagers, mostly horror and thrillers, using the name Ann Halam, and several highly regarded sf novels for adults. Her critical essays and reviews are collected in Deconstructing The Starships, 1999 an Imagination/Space 2009. Among other honours, several of her novels have been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award, the latest being Spirit, 2009. She lives in Brighton, UK, with her husband and son, some goldfish and two cats; likes old movies, practices yoga & has done some extreme tourism in her time. Hobbies include gardening and cooking, and playing with her websites.

Websites: http://www.boldaslove.co.uk and http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gwynethann


Besides a writer of crazy fantasy and hard Science Fiction, Patty Jansen is slush reader and editor at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She blogs at http://pattyjansen.wordpress.com/, about writing, about science and about editing and slush piles. Patty is a winner of the second 2010 quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest and has published in the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette and has a story forthcoming with Redstone SF. She is currently expanding the story in Tales for Canterbury into a novel.


Lynne Jamneck lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Short listed for the Sir Julius Vogel and Lambda Awards, she has published short fiction in various markets, including Jabberwocky Magazine (ed. Sean Wallace), H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror (ed. Marvin Kaye), So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction (ed. Steve Berman) and Spicy Slipstream Stories (ed. Jay Lake & Nick Mamatas). For Lethe Press, she edited, selected and introduced the SF anthology, Periphery.

Lynne is currently doing her MA in English Literature at the University of Auckland, unlocking the secrets to Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, madness and the occult. Alongside, she is writing her first speculative novel, a conglomerate novel featuring a lost protagonist and a city of secrets.

Line up: Complete!

Yes, folks. We have the final line up sorted now! We have a grand total of 34 stories, and once we’ve decided on the ordering, we’ll be able to announce the full contents of the anthology.

VERY exciting.

We are still working our way through the editing, but the contributors are being wonderful and getting their stories back to us really quickly. It makes our jobs, as editors, so much easier when we get to work with such lovely, professional, and enthusiastic writers.

Today we’d like to introduce a few more of those writers to you.

LINDA NICCOL – WRITER/DIRECTOR: Stories from Linda’s collections The Geometry of Desire (2005) and The Temperature of Water (2008) have been well reviewed, broadcast and anthologized. She won the 2006 Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition with The Handkerchief. She co-wrote New Zealand’s 2007 box office smash Second-Hand Wedding. She has directed three short films – The Poets, 2008, The Making of Dead Girl, 2009, MovieFest category winner, and Collision, 2010. Her script Looking for Lila Ray reached the top 25 of the 2010 Kaos Films British Feature Film Screenplay Competition. Linda lives in Raumati with her husband, daughter and dog. She is currently employed as Marketing and Communications Manager for City Gallery Wellington. www.lindaniccol.com

Kim Koning is a writer who calls two countries home. Born in South Africa, she grew up on fantastic tales of African creatures and myths, which first gave her a love for tales of all kinds and led her to study freelance journalism, specialising in travel. Following her family to New Zealand in her early twenties, she finally found her writers voice and has been using it ever since, while working in various customer service industries.

She is a published poet in two anthologies: “Emotional Journeys” and “Lines of Light and Shade“. Her first novel is in the submission process, and she is currently working on her second.

Tim Jones is a poet and author of both science fiction and literary fiction who was awarded the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. He lives in Wellington. Among his recent books are fantasy novel Anarya’s Secret (RedBrick, 2007), short story collection Transported (Vintage, 2008), and poetry anthology Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand (Interactive Press, 2009), co-edited with Mark Pirie.  Voyagers won the “Best Collected Work” category in the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Tim’s third poetry collection Men Briefly Explained, will be published by Interactive Press in late 2011. For the latest news on Tim and his writing, see http://timjonesbooks.blogspot.com