The boys are back in town – well, at least back in space. I’ve had such fun dusting them off and tuning them up. In case you’re wondering the ‘boys’ are my two main characters in Soul Horizon, Terras and Quell. It’s been an interesting exercise, not the least because there’s quite a bit of nostalgia involved. Soul Horizon has always been one of my favourite stories, and has a lot of positive associations. Firstly it appeared in what was then a landmark collection of Australian SF edited by Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch. Peter had originally rejected it for his magazine Aphelion, and then came back and said – let’s work on this and he bought it for the Alien Shores Anthology. It was my only chance to work with Peter, who sadly passed away, far too soon. This story gave me my first chance to attend a book launch as an author, gave me my first radio interview as an author (not a mega station, but still), and my first reviews. As a writer of short stories it was a rare thing to get a review.
So, it was great fun to dive in again, the writing part was anyway. I had so much to learn about ebooks, Amazon, covers – and so much more. I’ll still be learning a decade from now. I really have to add a big thank you to Jaye Manus – formatting whiz. If you’re a writer please check out her blog and the services she offers. Her blog has some fabulous advice, including cheat sheets on how to format ebooks, and lots more. You’ll find her at http://jwmanus.wordpress.com/
So, cheers, here’s to the boys, and in memory of a great editor: Peter McNamara.
Now back to the salt mines – or in my case back to more writing.
Oh, and I suppose I should add that you can find it here, if you wish: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G8U9X1S
Carole Nomarhas is an Australian speculative fiction author and publisher who was based in Canberra (ACT) for many years and whose speculative fiction has been appearing in print in Australia and overseas since at least the late-1980s. Her stories, which fall within the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, have been published in print and online magazines/zines such as Eidolon, Aurealis, Antipodean SF, Outrider, Jackhammer, Twilight Showcase, Winedark Sea and Eternal Twilight. She has also had her work included in such anthologies as Singularities (1989), Alien Shores (1994), the Horror Writers Association affiliate anthology Bell, Book and Beyond… (2000), Nor of Human… (2001), Land/Space (2002).
In 1998, Nomarhas’s story, ‘Grievous Music’ (1997) was short-listed for a Ditmar award. The following year she was awarded a First Class Honours degree at the Australian National University after having submitted a thesis on Social Psychology and the Holocaust. 1998 also saw her establish The Goblin Muse webzine, a site for market news, reviews and horror fiction, aimed at horror writers.
Aside from her writing Nomarhas has worked as a public servant, being employed in Canberra by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Electoral Commission. In 2011 she and her husband, photographer and Paralympian, Jim Nomarhas, moved to a small village in New South Wales, Australia.