‘Life, BOUND’ is my first short story collection. It was published by MidnightSun Publishing in October 2020. The stories are loosely based on the idea of free will.
Free agents or captives of our past? In Life, Bound, characters find themselves caught in situations not of their own making, or trapped by ingrained habits, walking in grooves carved out by past events.
An artist’s progress is pleasingly channelled into a pattern laid down a century earlier. A solitary man’s story is almost preordained, but is indecipherable to researchers looking back some sixty years later. Karma mops up in the wake of a mousy clerk. A local legend falls foul of the town gossip. Spouses are constrained or liberated by love. Sexuality, gender, resentments, attachments and perversities all play a part. Yet the grip of the past needn’t always hold firm. Many protagonists are offered a potentially life-changing moment; whether or not they grasp it is up to them.
I’m so grateful to publisher Anna Solding for offering me this opportunity, to Kim Lock for such a beautiful cover design, to editor Alicia Carter for knocking my manuscript into shape, and to Zena Shapter for making the inside as wonderful as the outside.
For more on the book, and to buy online, go to MidnightSun Publishing
With publication date upon us, it’s time to start keeping tabs on places where Life, Bound has rated a mention. (Okay, it’s so I can keep track.)
Community Outlook interview with Michelle Pereira on 3MDR Mountain District Radio (at 21:17 minute mark).
The Quiet Carriage with Paul J. Laverty on 94.9 MAINfm, where I read Winston Mahaffey’s Hat.
Festival City interview with Phoebe Christofi on Radio Adelaide. Margaret Hickey also talks about her book Rural Dreams.
Classically Saturday interview with ‘Maestro’ Peter on 3MDR Mountain District Radio (at 25:30 minute mark).
Debut book for local author article in Star Mail.
Life Bound is set to fly free in Emerald Messenger
By Cass Moriarty – ‘An interesting collection by a mature writer whose life experience is demonstrated in her array of ideas.’
By Kathryn White – ‘an enjoyable collection that will no doubt appeal to fans of Tim Winton and Helen Garner.’
By Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age – ‘the best of [these stories] are really good.’
By Marjorie Lewis-Jones, South Sydney Herald – ‘Earthy characters, evocative settings, and intriguing plotlines make these 16 stories sing from the page.’
Community reviews and ratings on Goodreads
Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (long list for the purposes of Stella Prize predictions)
Fix Or Stand guest post on Monique Mulligan’s website, where I write about my journey to publication via fan fiction.
Let’s Launch – AJ Collins’ blog created to help support Australian authors whose book launches were COVID-19-affected.