2020 Snapshot: Garth Nix

Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

Garth’s books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, comprising Sabriel, Lirael; Abhorsen; Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and the forthcoming sequel Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. A contributor to many anthologies and magazines, Garth’s selected short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge.

More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. One of his most recent book, Frogkisser!, is now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

My most recent novel is Angel Mage (October 2019), a high fantasy adventure that is also an homage to Alexandre Dumas, without being a retelling of The Three Musketeers. I’ve also had several short stories published in the last six months or so, including “Dislocation Space” and “The Case of the Somewhat Mythic Sword” which appeared on Tor.com; “Cut Me Another Quill, Mister Fitz” in The Book of Dragons edited by Jonathan Strahan; and “Many Mouths to Make a Meal” in Final Cuts edited by Ellen Datlow.

2. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far?

I’ve been in this business a long time, and have been fortunate enough to have many good publishing experiences. The good and the bad tend to be mixed up somewhat, rather than one whole experience being entirely good or entirely bad. That said, sometimes everything goes super smoothly and well, with great results. The first publication of Sabriel in the UK would fit that description, in 2002 (following on from Australia in 1995 and the USA in 1996).

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

Kathleen Jenning’s novel Flyaway is a very interesting Australian Gothic/English faerie mixture, capturing both the geographical horror of small town Australia and the bush, combined with the imported fear of changelings and the Faerie realm.

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