Pandora Hope|10 January 2016
Pivotal moments in a normal life: birth, graduation, first tax return, shacking up, nappies, the end. Pivotal moments in a writer’s life: your first rejection slip, your first published story in a magazine, your second rejection slip (more depressing than the first), your first story in a great, big, fat, gorgeous anthology bulging with writers you’ve been following with awe and envy…
It’s happened. ‘She Walks in Shadows’ has just hit Australian shores and I’m holding a copy in my hot little hands (it’s always hot here, so I’m trying not to get sweat smears on the gorgeous cover.) I check the contents page for the tenth time to make sure my name is really there. Yep. ‘Eight Seconds’ by Pandora Hope. It’s still there, snuggled amongst the stories of some of my favourite dark fantasy and horror writers.
So the world holds its breath. Nobody else notices, but I do. In the age of online publishing, there is something special about holding a beautiful book in your hands. Especially one with your story in it.