I have a positive cornucopia of links to share with you today.

First of all, Rowena Cory Daniells kindly invited me over to her blog to discuss Chronicles of the Tree, working at Weta and women writers in SFF. There’s also a book giveaway: if you can tell me which character you would have played from LOTR and why, you’ll be in to win a copy of ‘Samiha’s Song.’ The best answer over the course of the week will be chosen!

Secondly, I had the privilege of being interviewed on Bibliobuffet by Gillian Polack, as part of a most enjoyable three-way conversation with Alma Alexander and Cat Valente. The interview is long but chock full of fascinating information. If you’re bored of me blathering, read it just for Alma and Cat’s insights – wonderful.

Thirdly – it never rains but it pours – The Weta Cave in Miramar have confirmed that Frank Victoria will be giving a talk as part of an Obscura Day celebration on the 9th of April, speaking about his illustration work for Weta and for the Chronicles of the Tree.

And last but definitely not least, Helen Lowe has blogged about her experience of the earthquake on Supernatural Underground. Tomorrow, Thursday the 3rd, is also the UK release date for ‘Heir of Night’, and Helen has decided to donate $1 to the Red Cross appeal for every comment on her blog that day. I’ll be waving the red ‘Heir’ flag and linking to her post tomorrow. 🙂

6 Responses to Bibliobuffet, Rowena Cory Daniells, Obscura Day and Helen Lowe…

  • Helen Lowe says:

    Thanks for mentioning the launch-a-thon, Mary–& looking forward to your flag waving at 8 pm NZ time/7 am UK time today, March 3.:)

  • Bahiyyih says:

    Wonderful, from this distance away, to see how all you talented young women writers/friends in NZ and Australia are so engaged in the real as well as your own fantasy worlds, how you rally round and support not only each other in your careers but also the victims of earthquakes and presumably other less natural disasters. Does Libya register on the radar over there? Does the disappearance of another 200 young people from the streets of Tehran last Tuesday? Perhaps it will remain for strong women writers like you to topple the tyrannies of the world through the sheer power of word-processing. For the moment I don’t see it happening any other way…

    • MaryV says:

      The upheavals elsewhere certainly register. I am so sad to hear about Tehran. Considering the unreliability of official reports on these things I suspect the toll is actually far higher than 200…

      The NZ (and Aus) writer community is a very mutually supportive one. We’re lucky…

  • Bahiyyih says:

    The official reports from Iran did not even admit to any protest marches taking place. Total silence. The best sort of oppression. That’s why it is so vital the way you all keep up the buzz about each others’ work. Yacking is the only away to resist, to survive!

    • MaryV says:

      Silence – strangling someone and throwing them into a well, filling that well with stones.

      I heard over 1000 people arrested over the last few weeks. Thousands in the streets.