So it’s been a bit quiet again of late on Furious Horses, but I’ve been a little busy. In addition to preparing promo for my upcoming book, my recent proposal to my partner has met with some unplanned attention. Which has been, needless to say, absolutely surreal, but very exciting. I’m in love, I’ve got a book with my name on the cover and I’m pretty sure I’m going to eat a chicken parma tonight, so what more could a boy possibly want?

As the book isn’t out until May 2, you can wet your whistle with a couple of recent publications I’ve been published in. The first being the new edition of The Lifted Brow, wherein I’ve rewritten one of my favourite early stories, 1969. I also can’t begin to tell you how many other great people are in this issue. So much good reading.

My other piece of writing is nonfiction: a little essay on the Queensland floods in the new Dumbo Feather which, under the new guidance of Patrick Pittman and Jessica Friedmann, is looking fantastic.

Apart from that, I’m just waiting for The Ottoman Motel to be released, at which time I will be both very anxious and very proud. If you’re in Brisbane, come along to my book launch at Avid Reader Bookshop on Friday May 6, where the wonderful Matt Condon will be helping me send my little story into the world. You can book a ticket here. It’s free entry, and there will also be FREE WINE.

For my Melbourne friends, I will hopefully see you at my Melbourne Book Launch at Readings Carlton on Monday May 23. More info to come.

Until then, don’t forget to keep hassling your local bookshop about The Ottoman Motel. Asking questions like: “When is The Ottoman Motel published?” “I saw The Ottoman Motel on a blog, why don’t you have a copy?” and “I need The Ottoman Motel by April 21. Why is it not here?” will only endear you to bookshop staff, and guarantee that the book will be fresh in their minds when they unpack it from a box of May New Releases and squeal with delight. Trust me.


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