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Elizabeth Foster #WeLoveOurAuthors

Elizabeth Foster read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago, when reading to her own kids reminded her of how much she missed getting lost in other worlds. Once she started writing, she never looked back. She’s at her happiest when immersed in stories, plotting new conflicts and adventures for her characters. Elizabeth lives in Sydney, where she can be found scribbling in cafés, indulging her love of both words and coffee. What drew you to write portal fantasy for your book?  I’m drawn to stories about things I would never otherwise experience. I also like...

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Felicity Banks #WeLoveOurAuthors

Felicity Banks is a Canberra author specialising in fantasy and interactive fiction, including her Antipodean Queen fantasy steampunk series. She also writes various pirates tales (some appropriate for children, some definitely not) -- stories and images that appeal to the not-so-secret pirate within all of us. Felicity, you obviously have a love for pirates, what drew you to writing pirate stories?  When I was eighteen I was living in Indonesia and I had the idea to invent my own fantasy world, Rahana (based on Indonesia). That meant a place with lots of islands, which naturally led to a lot of...

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Carmel Bendon #WeLoveOurAuthors

When Carmel Bendon isn’t writing she’s lecturing at university or giving talks to general audiences on “all things medieval”. With a PhD in Medieval Literature and Culture she has published in academic journals and authored the successful non-fiction book Mysticism and Space. At home in Sydney she lives with her husband, a faithful dog, and a wild garden. She is the proud mother of three adult daughters. Grasping at Water is her first novel. What drew you to write about mysticism? Were there any authors that inspired you to write about this subject? I have a PhD in medieval literature...

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T.R. Thompson #WeLoveOurAuthors

T.R. Thompson is an Australian speculative fiction author. He lives in Belgrave on the outskirts of Melbourne with his wife and two young sons. When not writing or reading, he spends too much time gaming and taking long meandering walks through the forest that always seem to end up at a tavern. Tom, what drew you to write in the fantasy genre? Were there any authors that inspired you to write fantasy?  I’ve always loved the escapism and possibility for real originality in speculative fiction. I remember hiding in my room lost in other worlds as a child, and that...

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Joe Basile #WeLoveOurAuthors

Joe Basile, the host of HISTORY Channel’s “The Jesus Strand: A Search for DNA” started simply as an Italian guy growing up in Chicago as the youngest of ten siblings. Much of his life was shaped by the death of his mom at a young age. He dropped out of high school and became a local rap artist.  As that evolved, his Christian friends' love and fearless sharing of the gospel, with confidence and no judgment, gravitated him to Christ. After he gave his life to Christ, he shifted to rapping about Jesus, but eventually felt called into ministry and currently...

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Scary, thrilling tales – Halloween is coming

We are psyched about Halloween, which is just around the corner. It's growing in popularity outside the US, and most of us just see it as a bit of fun. But did you know, before Halloween became all about costumes and candy, it had its roots in things more soulful? Or dare I say, even morbid? In the olden days, having a cemetery within walking distance was common. People lived quite close to death. Plagues, crop failures, and witch hunts were not novelties. Halloween scholars say perhaps this intimate association with incomprehensible things gave birth to Halloween later on.  As...

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Amazon Prime Day

Love them or hate them, Amazon has the biggest range of books and other products on the internet. To help you make the most of this huge sale, we've curated a list of books you might want to check out. Don't have a Prime account? Sign up for a free trial here: Not only do you get free shipping, but the subscription gives you access to Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Music, and Amazon TV (Outlander anyone?). Here are our staff picks: Katya de Becerra's What The Woods Keeps is fantastic. A dark mix of the principles of physics and Norse mythology...

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Birthday Book Sale!

Odyssey Book is 10 years old this July. Help us celebrate in our biggest book sale yet! This weekend only: A Perfect Square, by Isobel Blackthorn Across two continents, two sets of mothers and daughters are bound by a dark mystery. On a winter’s day in the Dandenongs, Victoria, pianist Ginny returns home to stay with her eccentric mother and artist, Harriet. Consumed by disturbing dreams, speculations and remembering, she tries to prise from her mother the truth concerning her father’s disappearance and why, when she was seven, Harriet abducted her. In an effort to distract her daughter’s interrogations, Harriet...

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Odyssey turns 10!

Celebrating 100 titles in 2019

On 14 July 2009, Odyssey Books became an incorporated publishing company, with its first title—Operation Trooplift: Postcards From Home, an anthology of short stories, poetry, photos and illustrations—published in January the following year. Ten years later, Odyssey will publish its 100th title—a feat for any small press when you consider many shut down within a few years, for various reasons.  “When I first started Odyssey Books, it was very much a passion project. I had big goals to build the company into a full-time business, but kept a safety net in my day job, so it’s taken a bit longer...

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GAMMA.COM

Canberra's own pop culture event, GAMMA.COM, is not far away so we thought we'd flash back a couple of years to Odyssey intern Kate's first time at the convention. (This post was first published at Internal Phrasing, a blog for Odyssey interns to share their experiences with other young people wanting a career in publishing.) It was a couple of weeks ago now that I attended my first GAMMA.CON, Canberra’s answer to Comic-Con. Being my first experience not only of GAMMA.CON, but in fact any Con, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. At first I did a loop around...

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