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SA Partridge

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Lucky (20)13

If you’re reading this, congratulations on surviving another year.

Quite a few people have blogged about their achievements and recollections of the past year, so I thought I’d share my own (even if we are already half way through January). It was quite a fun year, I think.

I received two awards. Dark Poppy’s Demise was awarded the MER Prize for Youth Fiction, and my second novel, Fuse, was named as an Ibby Honour Book. I travelled to the UK to attend the ceremony, and in so doing, met one of my favorite writers, Marcus Sedgwick.

While in the UK, I went on a sort of literary pilgrimage. I visited the Jane Austen Museum in Hampshire; Virginia Woolf’s summer home and writing cabin; the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London and also bought tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour which is something I suggest everyone planning on visiting London does. I also came across a copy of Agatha Christie’s Passenger to Frankfurt in the Ripley’s Museum covered in her own hand-written notes.

It was a once in a lifetime experience.

Back home I was privileged to take part in The Franschhoek Literary Festival Youth Week, as well as appearing on an Open Book panel with British YA writer Keith Gray. I was also a judge in Short Story Day’s competition for young writers as well as acting as the official blogger for the Cape Town Book Fair.

On the writing side, I had a short story published in the AfroSF anthology, and spent a good part of my year writing and finalising other literary projects including launching a new website after my old one was hijacked.

The book business aside, I found a new job, spent time with friends and family (including a half-cousin I’ve never met!), made some new friends, and read a staggering amount of books, which is a writer’s best arsenal.

Now, on to 2013…

I’m really looking forward to the sheer amount of books coming out this year. Locally I’m looking forward to the latest in Lily Herne’s Deadlands series, Army of the left, and S.L. Grey’s latest, The New Girl. My favorite crime writer Amanda Coetzee is launching a new book, as is Rachel Zadok (Sister Sister), Nathan Trantraal (his debut) and Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls).

Some of my favorite authors have new titles out this year – Karen Russell is releasing a new collection of short stories entitled, Vampires in the Lemon Grove; Neil Gaiman’s latest novel is called Ocean at the end of the lane; and my personal can’t-wait-give-it-to-me-now book is the latest in Sergei Lukyanenko’s Watch series, The New Watch.

With any luck we’ll also see The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel and also the third in Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy, but according to Google, the ladies are still busy writing them.

Oh and did I mention Z by Therese Anne Fowler, which is all about the teenage Zelda Fitzgerald?

On the YA front I can’t wait to get my hands on Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz, and the third in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. There are a hundred different lists on Goodreads that deal with YA novels coming out this year, so let’s just say it’s going to be a good year for YA.

I’m also thrilled to announce that my new novel, Sharp Edges, will be out mid-year, and hopefully some of the projects I’ve been busy with will also bear fruit. Watch this space!

I have no new year resolutions other than Eat Less Crap. Let’s hope I stick to it.

What are you looking forward to this year?


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    January 13th, 2013 @17:54 #

    You had a good year, Sally! And this year will be even better...


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