I don’t like fantasy – really?!

Whenever someone asks me what kind of ‘stuff’ I write, I usually hesitate for a moment before fessing up that they’re fantasy novels. It seems that in my circle of friends and acquaintances that fantasy isn’t a preferred genre. Most people are polite enough to nod and smile. Others are upfront enough to state bluntly: “I don’t like fantasy”. I’m …

Top 5 sci-fi and fantasy couples

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to go with my top 5 couples of sci-fi and fantasy. 1. Han Solo and Princess Leia, Star Wars So yeah, a little predictable, but I’m a sucker for this love-hate relationship. One of my favourite lines from Han Solo: ‘Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m …

And the prize goes to…first readers

Now this is a first reader I could get into. Fun with Kirk and Spock “I have homework.” My son greeted me outside his classroom yesterday. No “Hello mum”, just “I have homework”. Sounds about right? Well, yes and no. My son is four-years-old. He started school this week – a very big milestone for our household. The prospect of …

My Top 10 (Kick-butt) Women of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

In previous blog posts I have mentioned how I often get inspiration from my favourite films and TV shows. Since I focused on my top 10 male stars of fantasy and science-fiction last time, I thought it was only fair that this week I featured ‘kick-butt’ women. So here are my Top 10 women from fantasy and science-fiction. 1. Trinity, …

My Top 10 (Kick-butt) Men of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

When it comes to inspiration for characters in my fiction writing I often look to my favourite films and TV shows. From loveable larrikins to bad-guys-turned-good and comical side-kicks, here are my top 10 male stars of fantasy and science-fiction. Whether they are from the 70s, 80s, 90s or even more recent, these guys kick some serious butt on the …