THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER: FOR NEXT THURSDAY GO TO MY INTRODUCED AUTHORS BLOG AS THE HOP GOES ON…
Thanks to Jaye Ford (see her blog here) for the invitation – have been a fan since I saw her present at the RWA Freemantle conference I think last year (if you like fast paced page turning action with a hint of romance check her out), and am excited to be up there with her at Sisters in Crime on February 6th next year at the Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne (8pm).
Today my two authors to introduce are two fellow Text authors, both who write crime and I love them both—and their books!
Winner: Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript, 2004
Winner: Scarlet Stiletto Award, 2011
Shortlisted: Ned Kelly Award, Best First Book, 2007
Shortlisted: Ned Kelly Award, Best Crime Fiction, 2011
Shortlisted: Ned Kelly Award, Best Crime Fiction, 2014
Shortlisted: Davitt Award, Best Adult Crime Novel, 2014
Angela Savage went to Southeast Asia in 1992 on a six-month scholarship and ended up staying six years. Based in Vientiane, Hanoi and later Bangkok, she managed a HIV/AIDS prevention program for the Australian Red Cross that covered Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and southern China. She returned home to Melbourne in 1998 determined to nurture her dream of becoming a published author.
Angela’s short story The Mole on the Temple won third prize in the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards in 1998 and introduced Bangkok-based detective Jayne Keeney, the main character in her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar, published by The Text Publishing Company in 2006.
Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in the unpublished manuscript category (as Thai Died). It was shortlisted for the 2007 Ned Kelly Awards Best First Book and translated into German as Nachtmarkt.
Angela’s second novel, The Half-Child, was published by Text in September 2010. It was shortlisted for Best Fiction in the 2011 Ned Kelly Awards.
Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was released in July 2013.
In the mid-1980s, Angela worked as an au pair in France, before completing an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne with Combined Honours in Criminology and the History & Philosophy of Science. Angela has published numerous articles based on her travels and her work in sexual health and international development.
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Meet My Character
1. What is the name of your character?
Natalie King. For a long while she was Natalie Richardson but had a change of heart at the last moment and Penguin had to change their website information!
2. Is she fictional or a historic person?
Fictional. But as she is a forensic psychiatrist and as I am a psychiatrist who works in the forensic area with respect to infanticide, child abuse and child custody cases, I suspect some people will wonder how much of me is she? I write a disclaimer at the beginning—while I rather fancy (and did try my hand at) singing in a band—her decisions at times are definitely not ones I would make. And the only motorbike I’ve ever ridden (other than as pillion) was my son’s dirt bike.
3. When and where is the story set?
Contemporary Melbourne. Natalie lives in a warehouse apartment in Collingwood so there’s quite a lot of local colour. Her apartment was inspired by one I inspected when I was looking for a place, though the real one is in Fitzroy. Natalie also spends a bit of time in South Gippsland in a fictional town where the child has gone missing, and has a hot weekend in Sydney…
4. What should we know about him/her?
Natalie has some very strong opinions, and sense of justice—her own version. I am envisaging at least four in the series (all going well) and we’ll find out more about her as we go along. The cover blurb says “She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication…”
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Natalie is passionate about her patients—actually she’s passionate about most things. Like the Prosecutor who is far cuter than he has any right to be.
In Medea’s Curse she wants to find out what happened to Chloe, the missing child of one of her former patient’s ex-husband.
And she need to find who her stalker is. Rather urgently…
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Medea’s Curse. I am appearing with Jaye Ford at Sisters in Crime on February 6th talking about it. I have just finished the draft to go out to my early readers before sending to the publisher, of the next in the series, working title Hera’s Judgement (or maybe Hera’s Wrath?). In this one Natalie’s research supervisor needs her help. But is it to get over the death of his first pregnant wife or to plan the murder of his second?
7. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
It’s up on the Text and Penguin websites for pre-order, to be published January 28th 2015.