Interview by Tehani Wessely.
Edwina Harvey is an Australian spec-fic author and editor. She is also a silk and ceramic artist. You can view her silk and ceramic work at www.celestialcobbler.com, and find details of her writing CV and editing work at www.edwinaharvey.wordpress.com.
“Trike Race”, a crazy story about Dinosaur racing in the Australian Outback that I co-authored with Simon Petrie was in the Never Never Land anthology, published by the CSFG last October.
We were founding crew mates on the good ship Andromeda Spaceways together back in the day – what do you think is ASIM’s ongoing legacy in the Australian SF scene?
Isn’t it amazing to look back at how we founding members started ASIM from nothing back in 2001/2, and it’s still going all these years later? It’s great to see new members with vitality and initiative have stepped up to keep Andromeda Spaceways going. I think ASIM’s ongoing legacy in the Aus SF scene is still to publish first rate fiction (including supplying that vital first sale for many talented, budding authors who have gone on to bigger and better things) and also provide a much-needed learning ground for those wanting to get first hand experience in the small press publishing scene in Australia. Long may it last!
Can you tell us what are you working on at the moment that we might see in the next year or so?
I’ve finally started writing a sequel to The Whale’s Tale, while a non-specific YA novel is taking longer to write than I expected.
What Australian work have you loved recently?
Adam Browne’s book, The Tame Animals of Saturn. (Caveat: I was working as editor on this book, but loved the zany story, and marvellous illustrations).
Which author (living or dead) would you most like to sit next to on a long plane trip and why?
Can I have Douglas Adams sitting once side of me, and Sir Terry Pratchett sitting on the other side. They’re two of my favourite authors (and now both sadly passed) and they’d be great to talk to together, I think.
If you want a living author, I’d opt for Simon Petrie. As well as being a great author, he’s a great travelling companion. We were recently travelling on a train through Innsbruk, Switzerland together. Unfortunately, it was daytime, neither of us were drunk and there was no time to go lay in a field with a towel and contemplate the stars, which Douglas Adams always claimed was the catalyst that inspired him to write the Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy. Would have been fun to try though. : – )