Paul Collins has written over 140 books and 140 short stories. He is best known for The Quentaris Chronicles (The Spell of Undoing is Book #1 in the new series), which he co-edits with Michael Pryor, The Jelindel Chronicles, The Earthborn Wars and The World of Grrym trilogy in collaboration with Danny Willis. Paul’s latest book is The Only Game in the Galaxy, book three in The Maximus Black Files. A trailer for the series can be viewed here. The Beckoning is Paul’s first adult novel. Paul has been short-listed for many awards and won the Aurealis, William Atheling and the inaugural Peter McNamara awards. He recently received the A Bertram Chandler Award for lifetime achievement in Australian science fiction. He has had two Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. He is also the publisher at Ford Street Publishing.He has black belts in both ju jitsu and taekwondo – this experience can be seen in The Jelindel Chronicles and The Maximus Black Files. Visit Paul’s websites: www.paulcollins.com.au, www.quentaris.com and www.fordstreetpublishing.com.
by Paul Collins
I didn’t read books as a kid. I did read a helluva lot of comics, though. Captain America, Spiderman, The Hulk and many others from the Marvel Group. From this I figured it would be easy to write books. Go figure. Stupid. Naïve. And the rest of it. Also bizarrely at the age of 20 I figured I could publish a science fiction magazine, despite only vaguely knowing the name Asimov. I did have the foresight to realise I needed help, though. Many Australian greats of the 70s and 80s pitched in and helped this fledgling publisher. A Bertram Chandler, Jack Wodhams, David Lake, Wynne Whiteford, Frank Bryning and others all contributed to Void Magazine, the only nationally distributed magazine published in Australia at that time. Buoyed with their support, I started publishing SF and F novels – in fact I published Australia’s first heroic/epic fantasy novels by Keith Taylor, Russell Blackford and David Lake. I also published A Bertram Chandler’s last SF novel, The Wild Ones.
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