Bio

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I am an Australian-American writer. My latest novel is Razorhurst, which takes place on a winter’s day in 1932 when Dymphna Campbell, a gangster’s moll, and Kelpie, a street urchin who can see ghosts, meet over the dead body of Dymphna’s latest lover, Jimmy Palmer. The three of them tip the balance in a bloody underworld power struggle. Razorhurst publishes in Australia in July and in the USA in March 2014.

My previous solo novel, Liar, is kind of self explanatory, i.e. it’s about a liar. It is my most popular novel, which says something about, um, something.

I edited Zombies versus Unicorns with Holly Black. My other novels are How to Ditch Your Fairy and the Magic or Madness trilogy.

In another life I was an academic and edited a scholarly collection of feminist science fiction in the twentieth century, Daughters of Earth and wrote a scholary tome, The Battle of The Sexes in Science Fiction.

I’ve written a short film about the legend of King Midas, as well as essays on American science fiction culture in the 1940s and 1950s, with detours into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the occasional short story. I co-wrote a radio show about relationship breakups with Ellen Kushner.

I am a Sydney girl. Though I have lived in other parts of Australia, courtesy of my anthropologist parents, including Newcastle, Canberra, and two small Aboriginal settlements in the Northern Territory. I now live in Sydney and sometimes New York City.

To find out more about me and my thoughts about life, the universe, food, television, sport and anything else that crosses my mind you can read these interviews or have a squizz at my faq. I also have a very frequently updated twitter feed and a blog.