Rebecca Fraser is an award-nominated author who writes genre-mashing fiction for both children and adults. To provide her muse with life’s essentials, Rebecca copywrites and edits in a freelance capacity…however her true passion lies in storytelling. Say G’day at writingandmoonlighting.com or Twitter and Instagram @becksmuse
1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?
The last twelve months has been a bit of a mixed bag in my writerly world. I’ve predominantly been working on novel-length works for a younger readership, as well as short stories and poetry for an adult audience.
I recently completed a middle grade fantasy novel, which has had a full manuscript request from a publisher and – at the time of writing – is currently under consideration (fingers crossed).
I’m still tinkering away at a YA space opera, and am working on my first collection of dark/weird poetry. I’ve also started outlining a novella titled Perfect For Us, which will blend psychological horror with haunted house tropes. This one was inspired by my family’s own true-life experiences. Naturally, the story and characters are 100% changed, however 90% of the inexplicable occurrences described really did happen!
Publication-wise, over the past twenty-four months I’ve had my poetry appear in The Victorian Writer Magazine, and Issue 14 of Midnight Echo, as well as my first coffee book publication in Perfect Storm (a photographic study of Melbourne weather events with accompanying poems). My poem ‘The Middle of the Night’ featured in Issue 9 of Breach Magazine and went on to be shortlisted for an Australian Shadows Award, which was an honour.
Short stories have appeared in anthologies A Hand of Knaves, The Killer Collection, Trickster’s Treats, Infected 2, Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts, and AntipodeanSF 250th Anniversary Issue. I’ve also been having some fun with drabbles. You can find my short sharp shocks in the anthologies: Curses and Cauldrons, and Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights.
I have my first short story collection Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract due for release in the coming year through IFWG Publishing, which is terribly exciting.
As always, a big thank you to the publishers and editors who have taken on, and worked on, my fiction over the past year. I remain humble and grateful that you like my work.
2. What has been the best publishing or SF community experience of your career so far?
Seeing my novel Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean come to life in 2018 was a definite highlight and milestone. Big thanks to Gerry Huntman at IFWG Publishing Australia for taking my MG fantasy adventure on, and including me in his stable of talented authors.
As for community experiences, the SF community continues to reward. I’m fortunate to have forged many strong friendships with likeminded people who I respect both as people and creators. We’ve seen heavy challenges befall several members of our community in recent times: from suicide and bereavement, to loss of income and property due to bushfires, to terminal illness, depression, anxiety, and mental ill health, as well as the general overarching chaos COVID-19 has wreaked.
One thing that continues to impress me about our community is the way we wrap our collective arms around each other in dark times. Whether it’s naming a long-running competition after one who has passed, donating skills and stories to charity anthologies, bidding on items in fundraising auctions, reaching out to those who have the black dog nipping at their heels, or coming together to record live readings that celebrate the life and words of one we admire so greatly. We do it. And we do it well.
It is this inclusivity, empathy, and benevolence that continues to enrich and expand our SF community…and I’m very proud to be a part of that.
3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?
The Antipodes boasts an absolute wealth of spec fic talent, and I can’t even begin to name names for fear of missing someone out! My suggestion for international readers would be to check out the longlist, shortlist, and winners of the Australian Shadows Awards, The Ditmars, the Aurealis Awards, and the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for a good introduction to some of the best we have to offer.
It’s not all about the awards though—there’s so much terrific and diverse work from other writers that deserves to be showcased and celebrated. Seek it out, and share it round!