Author Interview: Helen Scheuerer on A Lair of Bones, second series jitters, and building her very own fantasy universe

Interview originally published by The AU Review on 22/06/21

With Helen Scheuerer currently teasing the cover for the next in the Curse of the Cyren Queen series, here’s an interview I did with her just ahead of the release of A Lair of Bones!

Continue reading “Author Interview: Helen Scheuerer on A Lair of Bones, second series jitters, and building her very own fantasy universe”

Book Review: Enjoy some distinctly Australian yarns in the 2020 Furphy Anthology

Established back in 1992 to support Shepparton writers, The Furphy Literary Award decided to expand its reach in 2020, opening its doors to unpublished short stories from writers across Australia.

Inspired by Joseph Furphy, author of Australian classic Such Is Life, and the yarns told around his brother’s foundry, writers are encouraged to offer up a little slice of Aussie life. With a hefty prize of $15,000 for the overall winner, plus publication in the Furphy Anthology, it’s no wonder that the award attracts both established and emerging writers alike.

Continue reading “Book Review: Enjoy some distinctly Australian yarns in the 2020 Furphy Anthology

Book Review: Patricia Engel’s Infinite Country is a timely read that justifies the hype

Talia is on the run. The mastermind behind a plan to escape from a home for juvenile delinquents, her end goal is simple. Reunite with her father and make it to Bogotá Airport in time for her flight to the US. And waiting for her on the other side? Her estranged mother and siblings, and the promise of a whole new life together.

Weaving the history of her parents, Mauro and Elena, with Talia’s road trip home, Infinite Country is the story of a family divided by borders and birth right. It’s a timely read, navigating as it does the repeal of DACA in the US, the agony caused by border separations, and the grim reality of the so-called American Dream.

Continue reading “Book Review: Patricia Engel’s Infinite Country is a timely read that justifies the hype”