Apr 14

Bone Chime won an AA!

I’m a little behind on posting this but it’s still exciting! The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories won the Aurealis Award for Best Collection! See:


The Award is very pretty (and also sharp! A good award should double as a weapon, right? ;) ) It lives on the shelf behind me, and I keep looking over my shoulder just to check it’s real.

YAY for Bone Chime. You’re the little collection that could.

Feb 16

Aurealis Awards

photo (44)I know I’m a little behind with this post, but I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop…

Also, a very dear friend and I cooked and ate this trifle of death last night and I think I’m still suffering from the sugar-hangover.

Anyway, while I was eating this delicious monstrosity last night the Aurealis Awards finalists was announced. The list is amazing, so many awesome writers on there. Oh, and me.

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories made the shortlist.

So did Mah Song and Fencelines, the two original short stories in the collection. (Mah Song is even on there twice…)

So did The Last Tiger, still live at Daily SF if you wanna check it out.

…That’s all kinds of crazy! Crazy awesome, yes. But still crazy!

*stares at shoes and waits for them to drop*

The full list of finalists is here. CONGRATS to everybody, it’s such an honour to be there with you. In particular my wonderful mentor Kaaron Warren, my darling scary-talented friend Thoraiya Dyer, and she-who-will-kick-my-arse Cat Sparks. So cool to see the Years Best from Ticonderoga, Focus 2012 and One Small Step from Fablecroft too!

Last year was a hard one for various reasons, and if I’m completely honest I had written it off. So to say I am surprised by  this is such a huge understatement.

Now excuse me while I go monitor those shoes…*shifty eyes*


Jan 26

Conflux Writers Day

So, have I mentioned that I’m one of the plenary speakers at the Conflux Writers Day in Canberra this April?

I haven’t made much of a fuss about this, mainly because *NERVES*… ahem. But you know, I think it’s going to be awesome, and I’m really excited to be involved. The theme of the day is ‘The Writers Journey’, which will be covered by four sub-themes – ‘Writing Skills’, ‘Writing Processes’, ‘Submission and Publication’ and ‘Building a Career’.

My theme is ‘Writing Skills’ and I’m going to talk about building working worlds from weird ideas. Because playing with ideas and shaping them into worlds and stories is what I love about writing the most! And it’s going to be fun, people, FUN! So much fun yours truly will totally forget to be nervous :)

The other plenary speakers are Kaaron Warren, Ian McHugh and Keri Arthur (and YES being in that company is probably responsible for most of my nerves!!) but there are a bazillion other presentations going on during the day, and I’m really looking forward to attending as many of them as I can. Oh yes, and then the Aurealis Awards is on!

Sound good? You can check it out and register and all that here. Come and join in the fun (and have a drink with me after, which I will surely need… maybe not at 11am but that evening, definitely!)


Jan 05

Unbound pre-order special!

With bonus ebook!

Guess what? Unbound is now available for pre-order over at FableCroft! From now until the print and ebook are released (scheduled for April 2014!) you get a special price if you pre-order AND a free bonus ebook. This is a collection of short stories and interviews from the Veiled Worlds and includes a brand new story ‘A Varsnian Name’. Check it out:




Story: Grandeur

Interview: Tanyana

*NEW* Story: A Varsnian Name

Interview: Lad

Story: A Memory Trapped in Light

Intervention and group interview with reader questions 

The Movoc Under Keeper Tourism Brochure




So head over HERE and grab your special deal :)


Oct 12

Ahem… book three

I have FAR too much energy this morning! Last night we went to see the always amazing and hilarious Devin Townsend in concert and I might have gone a little crazy (they played Save Our Now! I wrote MOST of the Bone Gardens book to this song and I love it with so much love!) Somehow, after not much sleep, I sprung out of bed and buzzed through my workout. And I’m still buzzy! But at least now I have a good reason…

It makes me so happy to be able to announce that Unbound, book three of the Veiled Worlds Trilogy, will be released through FableCroft Publishing early next year. Official announcement is here:

FableCroft Publishing is pleased to announce the acquisition of Unbound by Jo Anderton. Unbound is the final book of the Veiled Worlds series, completing the story of Tanyana and the strange world she inhabits.

Editor Tehani Wessely has been a fan of Jo’s work for several years, and published her debut short story collection in May 2013. Jo has placed several stories with FableCroft in the past and says, “Tehani is a fantastic editor, who has supported and encouraged me from the very beginning of my writing career. I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with her, and FableCroft Publishing, on Unbound.”

The grand city of Movoc-under-Keeper lies in ruins. The sinister puppet men have revealed their true nature, and their plan to tear down the veil between worlds. To have a chance of defeating them, Tanyana must do the impossible, and return to the world where they were created, on the other side of the veil. Her journey will force her into a terrible choice, and test just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the fate of two worlds.

Tehani is very excited to be working on this novel with Jo, which will form part of FableCroft’s fledgling original novel range.

Unbound will be published in early 2014. Watch this space for a pre-order special offer later this year!


We’ve got something exciting planned for when the preorders go up, so watch this space! :)
Now I think I should go run around some more or something, or me and my buzzy energy is going to drive everyone MAD!

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