2020 Snapshot: Suzanne J Willis

Suzanne is a Melbourne, Australia based writer, a graduate of Clarion South 2009, and holds a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT. Life involves a full-time job working, on occasion, with the dead (as a trusts and estates solicitor, although “working with the dead” sounds a lot more intriguing), and writing in the spaces around it. Her areas of interest are fairytales, mythological stories, dark fantasy and the weird.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

My debut novella, Lisette of the Raven, Ash of the Rook, was released by Falstaff Books last year, which I’m still quite chuffed about! Jaym Gates provided me with a great opportunity to write in the Broken Cities shared world, and I have a second novella forthcoming, The Scarab Children of Montague, in the same world shortly. I’m currently working on another novella that doesn’t yet have a home, set in World War 2 London and the kingdom of the Erl-King. Then there has been RPG tie-in fiction, something new for me that I just love. And I have a few short stories on the boil, in various states of drafting!

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

I have been so incredibly lucky in that I haven’t really encountered anything bad or dodgy so far. The best? Rather than a singular experience, I think it has been where I have worked with editors who have subsequently asked me to contribute or submit to future projects. The sense that people that I admire have liked my stories and would consider collaborating again is just lovely.

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

Ooh, that is a hard choice! Can I have a couple? Angela Slatter’s Vigil series and Kaaron Warren’s Into Bones Like Oil. And anything by O J Cade. And, and…!

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