Nyssa Pascoe is the powerhouse behind A Writer Goes on a Journey.
1. Since the last Snapshot there have been some new reviewing outlets come onto the scene – A Writer Goes on the Journey being one of them. What vision do you have for the site for the future?
The one stop shop for SFFH writers and fans, using up to date technology. Using a combination of social networking, user-as-producer web 2.0 ideals, and interactivity between every level of the industry (writer, editor, publisher, illustrator etc) to learn, grow and develop Australian art and culture.
We’ve changed so much. We began at the end of 2007 and since then we’ve expanded the articles on writing to includes forums, blog, reviews, chats. We’ve got all sorts of people on board with our various projects and sections. We’ve taken part in helping promote many artists and projects, even part-hosting an international online convention and been entrusted with hosting the Aust SF Blog Carnival.
There’s much more we plan on doing to make the site more useful to writers and fans.
2. What interests you in the Aussie specfic scene? What drives you to volunteer your time and to be involved the way you are?
I’m driven for the love of the work and the people. The SF community is supportive of all endeavours and there’s nothing at all terrible about enjoying your work. Reading is definitely no chore! Okay, some bits of it get a bit tedious – like reading terrible vampire romance novels (although there are some jewels out there!) – but it all works out.
Some jobs you can go and work in and not have to love, this whole industry is fuelled by people who are specially trained and do it, not for money or fame or such foolish things, but simply because to them it’s the most awesome thing in the world. That’s why I love it.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working my way up the career ladder of a publishing house (always had my eye on HarperCollins Voyager!). Maybe working on Masters of creative writing as well.
I’ll still be working with the website, of course; an ever-ongoing labour of love.
4. Which Australian writers or work would you like to see on the Hugo shortlists this year? What have you enjoyed reading?
So many are worthy of recognition this year! 2009 was brilliant for Australian’s all over. The most brilliant Aussie works (out of what I’ve read), in my humble opinion:
Horn by Peter M Ball, Gravesend by Jason Fischer, Hearts Blood by Juliet Marillier, The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke, Witches Inc by K E Mills, Full Circle by Pamela Freeman, Liar by Justine Larbalestier.
5. Will you be at Aussiecon 4 in September? If so, what are you most looking forward to about it?
Yes! I’m so excited, it’ll only be my third convention! I need to get my digital camera fixed. I’ve already got bar-dates set up with agents, editors and authors. That’s where the real action happens – over a midori with lemonade and a twist of lime!