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I'm a writer and editor based near Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. My novella From a Shadow Grave (Paper Road Press, 2019) uses a historical murder to explore lives and possibilities across a range of genres. My short story "Girls Who Do Not Drown" (Apex, 2018) won a Sir Julius Vogel Award, and I was named on the Otherwise/Tiptree Award Honour List for my editing work.
Each month I will be posting writing updates, a short story (new or reprint), an extract from a longer work or current project, and themed reading recommendations.
I like reading and writing about queers in space, evil plants, found families, and dead sea creatures.
Published Jan 3, 2020 · 1,580 words (6 minutes) · 57 views
Each month I'll be sharing an extract from a longer work; sometimes published, sometimes in progress. This is from an older novelette, but one that's still important to me.
Persson Catao is making a map. A map of the city where he was born and where he spent his youth fighting against a brutal regime.
A city that never existed.
Published Jul 12, 2019 · 4,818 words (18 minutes) · 1 like · 18 views
Another reprint - this time from the Crossed Genres anthology Fat Girl in a Strange Land. It's a story I'd write quite differently if I were doing it now, and yet it brings together a lot of the ideas I'm most interested in writing about.