2020 Snapshot: Maureen Flynn

Maureen Flynn lives on the East Coast of NSW with her partner and is an avid speculative fiction and crime lover, writer and fan. She has finally taken up part-time work so she can dedicate more hours of her day to working on novels and short stories. She has had four short story publications in publications by CSFG, Specul8 and Deadset Press and is working on two YA fantasy novels in 2020. 

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

I am currently working on re-writing a YA fantasy novel that’s just been through Angela Slatter’s flensing factory (Angela knows a lot and is a brilliant editor). I also need to make some edits to a short story my writer’s crit group helped me out with and send it on submission rounds this month. I also finished the first draft of a different YA fantasy earlier in the year and will get to re-writing that based on beta feedback in the second half of this year.

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

I may have said this before, but my first Conflux was the best experience for me in terms of community because I didn’t know anybody and everyone was so kind and welcoming. More recently, I participated in Hardcopy in 2018 and that was such a good experience for me because I learnt loads but also met other fiction writer’s at a similar place to me in terms of publication. I guess my best publication experience was in 2018 when my first short story was published through CSFG in the anthology, A Hand of Knaves, and I got to work with editors on polishing my story. I actually really love the re-writing process and working with editors.

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

I really like the work I’ve read of of Eugen Bacon. Claiming T-Mo is her latest I think, but anyway Eugen is an amazing short story writer and very original which is what I look for when recommending things to people. I’d probably also recommend Tansy Raynor Roberts depending on the person and Kaaron Warren if they like horror. There’s a lot of amazing Antipodean writers though and it would really depend on what the person said they liked. People can just add me on Facebook and we can chat 😉

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