2020 Snapshot: Elizabeth Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Fitzgerald is a freelance editor and owner of Earl Grey Editing. She lives in Canberra, Australia. An unabashed roleplayer and reader of romance, her weaknesses are books, loose-leaf tea and silly dogs. She tweets @elizabeth_fitz

  1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

2020 has been a fallow year for writing and reviewing. Instead, my energy has been invested in my editing. A few of the projects I’ve tackled in the last couple of months have included a historical novel about Alexander the Great, a PhD thesis on the commemoration of the ANZAC centenary through craft displays, and a collection of fantasy novellas about a Charming royal family.

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

Argh, so hard to choose! I was thrilled to be published in Mother of Invention, alongside some of my favourite authors and some fantastic new voices. Tansy and Rivqa were wonderful editors. And that cover! Likhain really outdid herself.

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

I have been loving the new YA series from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the Aurora Cycle. The second book, Aurora Burning, came out earlier this year and I regret reading it so fast, since it means I have to wait another whole year (or more) for the next one. And that cliff-hanger! Why is this not on the Lodestar ballot? It has fast-paced adventure, rag-tag crew/found family, unlikely alliances and some truly epic set pieces.

One book I’m looking forward to reading is A.J. Fitzwater’s The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper. This is a collection of short stories set in a world of anthropomorphic animals where the main character is a lesbian pirate who also happens to be a capybara. I read one of the stories in Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), edited by Catherine Lundoff, and it was absolutely delightful—warm and uplifting, the perfect antidote to 2020.

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