2020 Snapshot: Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes horror, supernatural thrillers, and dark fantasy, liberally mixed with crime and noir. He rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog, two lunatic cats, several tropical fish, and a lizard called Fifi. Read extracts from his novels, a novella, and short stories at his website – www.warriorscribe.com – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

I’ve had an interesting year! My second collection of short fiction, Served Cold, came out at the end of last year and it’s been very well received. One novelette in it has been nominated for an Aurealis Award, and the book has been nominated in the Australian Shadows Awards for Best Collection, and a different story for Best Short Story. Which is just amazing. Then at the start of the year I released a ridiculous gonzo creature feature novella called The Roo, and that’s become one of my best selling books ever. It’s so cool how people have got excited about it, especially as I had such a ball writing it. The latest thing I’ve been working on is a middle grade fantasy novel that I’m writing for my son. I’ve had a lot of fun with that too.

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

This is a tough one to answer. Selling a trilogy to HarperVoyager (THE ALEX CAINE SERIES) is up there, no question. I’ve won a few awards and been nominated for a lot more than I’ve won, which is incredibly cool. It’s amazing people are that moved by what I write. Honestly, the best experience really is still having a career. This business is tough as hell and while I haven’t reached the dizzy heights of HarperVoyager since Alex Caine, I’m still selling work to great publishers and getting new readers, and that’s the main thing.

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

Argh! So much great ANZ work is out there, it’s hard to pick some and not feel bad about leaving out others. Kaaron Warren’s Into Bones Like Oil is fantastic, as everything by Kaaron always is. Joseph Ashley-Smith has a new novella out any day now called The Attic Tragedy and I got to read that early and it’s awesome. Maria Lewis is killing it in the urban fantasy/horror arena and her book, The Witch Who Courted Death, is great fun. There’s a good set of three to keep people going.

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