2020 Snapshot: Sean Williams

Sean Williams is an award-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of forty-nine novels and over one hundred and twenty short stories in numerous genres, for adults, young adults and children. As well as his original fiction, he has contributed to shared universes such as Star Wars and Doctor Who, and collaborated with authors like Garth Nix. He lives in Adelaide and teaches creative writing at Flinders University. He also writes experimental ambient music under the moniker “theadelaidean”

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

2019: Impossible Music, my first realist novel about music and chronic illness

2020: Her Perilous Mansion, a middle-grade fantasy novel about two kids stuck in a house that might be haunted, and The View from the End of the World, a free collection of apocalyptic stories from my back catalogue (through Andromeda Spaceways).

I have slowed down a lot in recent years and am dragging my heels even more now that I’m teaching full-time. What I’m working on in idle moments is a novel about negotiating wellness after a heart transplant and another fantasy novel set in the world of Her Perilous Mansion. There’s no timeline on either book at the moment, although I’m really looking forward to getting to them one day soon.

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

Probably everything connected to Impossible Music. It’s a book that speaks volumes about me, on an intensely personal level, and the fact that it’s been so well-received is incredibly gratifying. Reaching a more mainstream audience has been interesting, too. I’ve finally written a book that all my non-skiffy rellies might like!

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

Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman comes immediately to mind, along with James Bradley’s Clade.


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