The August issue #133 of Aurealis magazine is out now and I’m super happy to announce that A Stranger's Tale received a bit of a glowing review by Eugen Bacon.
The Aurealis Magazine is one of Australia's most iconic Fantasy/SF magazines, so to get an honest review and a glowing one at that, is a big achievement for my little book.
As with all reviews, there's always that dread that it will be negative. But reading is very subjective and while I’m quite blown away that A Stranger's Tale has yet to receive any bad reviews, I’m also quite realistic in the fact that it will happen at some point. Although I dread the day, I like to think I’ve mentally prepared myself for it.
So when I read this wonderful review, the two sentences that I homed in on were the negative ones and I’m please to say, I took it very well. In fact, I felt almost relieved and have taken the feedback and used it to fix up some errors I didn't know existed. For that, I’m grateful.
All in all, these are the kinds of reviews to be proud of, the kind of reviews to learn from and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you all.
So last year I flew to Brisbane to do a school visit with the best bunch of year 7 students! Shortly after, I woke up to the most wonderful review on my Facebook page by their English teacher. I was invited to visit her class to do a bit of a talk about the writing process and was utterly blown away at the talent and passion in those students. It was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and I'm so honoured to have met these kids. To have been given the chance to read their incredible stories and more than anything, I hope I have inspired them in some small way. Truly warmed my heart reading this and review. I feel so humbled. I even got a Christmas card from them!
Hopefully, I get a chance to fly up again and visit.
By far, one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.