As 2014 draws to a close, so too does a huge year for Aussie Owned and Read. this year we wrote all the stories, published all the book, went to all the conventions and basically had an all-round good time.
Lauren: This year Lauren showed us that she’s not only a fabulous writer, but a stellar editor as well, when several of her clients hit ‘those lists’. Lauren went to all ALL the cons this year: Indie Authors Down Under, RWA, and Sydney Author Event. 2014 saw the publication of her fabulous contemporary romance, The Problem with Crazy.
Stacey: Had a roller coaster ride with the publication of her first book, Forget Me Not. Everything turned out in the end and both it and Remember Me are now available through HarperCollins Australia. Stacey went to a few conventions this year as well: RWA and Book Expo Australia.
Cassandra: Made her debut into the YA ranks with Isla’s Inheritance, published through Turquoise Morning Press. She’s also been busy slaving away on perfecting the next book in the series, Isla’s Oath, coming to your shelves on January 20. We also hear she has a little side project in the works; but that’s more for those who like to read adult works, as well!
Kim: Showed us that she’s not just about vampires and angels with the publication of Immagica, a portal fantasy with an amazing cover. Kim went to Indie Authors Down Under and Book Expo Australia, and helped form a YA/NA writer’s group in NSW with Stacey Nash. Her cover design business, KILA Designs, has also continued to grow.
Katie: My gosh, this woman is a publishing machine. The year saw the conclusion of Katie’s best selling Kiya series, through Curiosity Quills, as well as Branded, published by Soul Mate. Katie also released Papina and attended several writing conventions.
Sharon: The Aussie Queen of Contests. Sharon judged them all and then some this year, including Brenda Drake’s Pitch Madness, Pitch Wars, and Nest Pitch just to name a few. She also attended Sugar City Con, and is now doing some impressive marketing work for them in 2015.
Emily: Put us all to shame by finishing NaNoWriMo in just over a week. TWELVE DAYS, people. This girl is a writing machine! And let’s not forget she did that while going to school. Emily managed to get some very impressive feedback on her hilarious YA novel, Mutual Weirdness, from a big-name publisher and also attended the Penguin Teen Live event.
Suse: Sadly we said goodbye to Suse earlier this year. Don’t worry; she’ll still be around from time to time.
And of course we welcomed Heather and Cait into the team as reviewers. We’ve had a bunch of fabulous reviews from them which you can see on our goodreads page or right here under the book reviews category.
2015 will hold just as much excitement. In January we will welcome a new contributor to the team, as well as unveil the new look AOR. And I’m sure there will be many more new books and new stories for us all. Thanks for being a part of our year!