2020 Snapshot: Kura Carpenter

Kura Carpenter is a fantasy author based in Dunedin NZ. Her debut urban fantasy novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt, a funny, fast-paced mystery full of dark humour and darker magic won the 2019 SJV special award for Best New Talent. Kura is a co-host of the SpecficNZ Podcast and in her free time fosters retired racing greyhounds to help them adapt to home life before finding their furever homes.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

I gathered together a group of fantasy and sci-fi authors in my local area of Dunedin NZ, to create a collaborative anthology of short stories to help showcase our work. Titled Beyond the City Limits: Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology this work has been shortlisted for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards in the category of Best Collected Work.

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

Having the opportunity to co-host the “SpecFicNZ Podcast”. Working with my co-hosts, Mat Danaher and Nix Whittaker has been an absolute pleasure and being able to interview so many NZ writers has been very rewarding.

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

That’s a tough question without having some finer details to niche down on the audience! Can I wimp out and say, check out the Winners and Nominees from the past couple of years of the Sir Julius Vogel awards. You really couldn’t ask for a better place to start than those lists 🙂


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