Fiction acts as a way of analysing the world, often addressing complex experiences, including grief, loss and fear. By exploring strong emotions we can work through them, and perhaps, lighten the load. Sometimes a bit of humour helps too. Meet three writers of fiction – with a focus on ‘genre’ – all unafraid of the dark as they explore the need for a light side to it all.
Not so long ago, Sulari Gentill was a corporate lawyer serving as a director on public boards, with only a vague disquiet that there was something else she was meant to do…other than turning off the iron. That feeling did not go away until she began to write. And so Sulari became the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries: an award-winning series of, thus far, seven historical crime novels set in the politically tumultuous 1930s, and The Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world.
Kaaron Warren has been publishing horror and science fiction for more than 20 years. She’s won awards close to home (Canberra Critics Circle Award) and far away (the Shirley Jackson Award (USA)). She’s sold more than 200 short stories, four novels (the latest of which, The Grief Hole, was launched at the Canberra Writers Festival) and six short story collections including the multi-award-winning Through Splintered Walls. She recently completed a Fellowship at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where she researched murder, politics and art.
Sean Williams is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling author of over forty novels and one hundred stories, including some set in the Star Wars and Doctor Who universes, and some written with Garth Nix. His latest is Twinmaker: Fall, the concluding volume of his Twinmaker trilogy. Sean Williams is the 2016 ACT Writer-in-Residence, an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The initiative is funded by artsACT, ACT Government. Normally he lives up the road from the Australia’s finest chocolate factory with his family and a pet plastic fish.
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