Hi, I’m Deborah Biancotti. I was about to write this bio in the third person, like I’m told I should. But then I figured that I shirk the things I’m supposed to do much of the time, so why stop now?
I’m a Sydney-based writer of short stories, novellas, and–soon!–novels. I even have a graphic novel script floating around. My stuff’s been described as urban fantasy, contemporary weird, horror, YA, SF and steampunk on various occasions. I love all categories, genres and formats almost equally.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but it took me until I was nearly 30 to write something worth publishing. In 2000 my first short story was published in a magazine (now sadly defunct) called Altair. It was called The First and Final Game, and it won the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story.
I kept writing and publishing short stories, very slowly, for nearly ten more years before my first book was published. It was a collection of my short stories and it was called A Book of Endings, published by Twelfth Planet Press in 2009. It was shortlisted for the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book. The Age called the collection ‘succinct and powerful’.
Later in 2009, one of my stories, Stone by Stone, was performed by Shades Theatre Company in their ‘shadowmuse‘ production.
In 2011, I published my first novella in the anthology called Ishtar, published by Gilgamesh Press. It was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award. It had the unlikely (and lengthy) title And The Dead Shall Outnumber The Living which I borrowed from various Ishtar texts.
Also in 2011, Twelfth Planet Press published a short story suite called Bad Power: five contemporary interlinked stories featuring ordinary people who have come into possession of weird (and often creepy) superpowers, set in my hometown of Sydney. If you really only want to try one of my short stories, I’d recommend one of these. Or all five, for the adventurous.
In 2011 and 2012 I convened and judged the Aurealis Awards for Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work. I read some great graphic novels and, not coincidentally, I started collaborating on a graphic novel myself (currently a work in progress).
Over the years, my stories have been published in venues like Clockwork Phoenix, Ideomancer, Eidolon 1, infinity plus and anthologies including THE YEARS BEST AUSTRALIAN SF & FANTASY, AUSTRALIAN DARK FANTASY AND HORROR, and the US-based Prime Publishing’s YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR. I also contributed an essay to TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GOTHIC.
It’s 2014 now and I’ve had 2 stories published this year, both in the Review of Australian Fiction, an online zine that’s easily purchasable for the price of a cup of coffee. My stories are here and here.
I have a novella coming out from PS Publishing in July 2015, called Waking in Winter. And something else that’s coming out later in 2015, but I can’t say what it is . . . yet!
So. That’s who I am!
Writing is like hunting. There are brutally cold afternoons with nothing in sight, only the wind and your breaking heart. Then the moment when you bag something big. The entire process is beyond intoxicating. — Kate Braverman