Helen Lowe, is a novelist, poet, interviewer and blogger whose first novel, Thornspell (Knopf), was published to critical praise in 2008. Her second, The Heir of Night (The Wall Of Night Series, Book One) won the Gemmell Morningstar Award 2012. The sequel, The Gathering Of The Lost, was shortlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award in 2013 and Daughter Of Blood, (The Wall Of Night Series, Book Three) is recently published. Helen posts regularly on her “…on Anything, Really” blog and is also on Twitter: @helenl0we.
by Helen Lowe
I live not only on the far side of the world, but somewhere close to the bottom (or the top depending on your point of view!) A locale far, far away, in any event…So in 2010, when The Heir of Night, the first novel in my epic The Wall Of Night series was published, I was thrilled when a genre site called SF Signal linked to the event. (I’m going to really miss those link posts, aren’t you?)
Thrilled – and sufficiently encouraged by subsequent friendly conversations with John DeNardo to pitch a mini post series on epic fantasy the following year: first Looking at the Stars: Why Epic Fantasy Keeps ‘Speaking’ To Us, to three lighthearted posts on Having Fun With Epic Fantasy. In 2012 I commenced a new and longer series, Fun With Friends, where I interviewed fellow SFF authors from Australia and New Zealand. This series ran from June 2012 until October 2013, during which time I featured thirteen antipodean authors, courtesy of John and da Signal.
I also launched The Gathering Of The Lost, the second book in The Wall of Night series, right here on SF Signal on March 27, 2012 – not least because by that stage I considered myself a Signal Irregular, so there was nowhere else I going to launch it!
Aside from the occasional Mind Meld appearance, a hiatus did ensue between October 2013 and March 2015, to enable me to finish Daughter of Blood (The Wall Of Night #3) – but John and Kristin welcomed me back with the series I’ve been penning from then until now: Fantasy Heroines That Rock My World. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.
Most of all, though, I’ve loved being part of the SF Signal community. I would like to thank all the regulars, including Paul, Patrick, JP, and Kristin, to name just a few, for supporting my more irregular contributions throughout that time. Most of all, though, I’d like to thank John, for his unfailing friendliness and openness to my ideas for posts on a fantastic theme – but also for his support for a SFF newcomer from the far side of the world.
Thank you, John, for SF Signal, a SFF site that has rocked my world for the past six years.
As we say where I come from: haere ra – farewell.