Steam­punk scores short­list

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Have­lock North’s Gareth Ward has been short­listed for the Sto­ry­lines Tessa Duder Award for his young adult novel The Sin Chron­i­cles: New Blood, and he’s de­lighted.

He and his wife Louise own War­dini’s Book­shop and they will both be at the award cer­e­mony in Auck­land on April 3with their fin­gers firmly crossed.

It’s Gareth’s first time at an award cer­e­mony, he says.

In fact it’s the first time he’s writ­ten a book, so to be in a short list of four, at least two of whom are pub­lished writ­ers, has come as quite a sur­prise.

“I’m a bit shell­shocked. I’ve al­ways writ­ten the odd thing but never ‘prop­erly’. Last year I took awrit­ing course, with the ob­jec­tive of writ­ing a novel. The clos­ing date for the Sto­ry­lines com­pe­ti­tion was in Oc­to­ber so I sent the man­u­script off and pretty much forgot about it. I just thought it was a good chance to get my man­u­script in front of a pub­lisher.

“This is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity— the win­ner has their book pub­lished by Walker Books and launched at next year’s award cer­e­mony in 2017.”

The story is a rip-roar­ing steam­punk ad­ven­ture, set in Vic­to­rian Eng­land.

“Some writ­ers are plot­ters and some are ‘pants-ers’— writ­ing by the seat of their pants. I found Iwas more of a pants-er . . . I had a be­gin­ning and an end but the rest filled it­self in. I didn’t know where the char­ac­ters were go­ing to lead me. Some­times I even sur­prised my­self.”

War­dini fans can fol­low the ac­tion on April 3 on War­dini Books’ page on Face­book, where Gareth has promised to post the re­sults.

2016 Sto­ry­lines Tessa Duder Award Short­list:

(spon­sored by Walker Books, Aus­tralia, open to all New Zealand writ­ers)

Grow, Amy Martin, Ohaupo (Waikato)

The Knowl­edge Keeper, Jes­sica Paw­ley, Red Beach, Auck­land

The Sin Chron­i­cles: New Blood, Gareth Ward, Have­lock North

Wild Cards, Fifi Col­ston, Welling­ton

HERE’S HOP­ING: Gareth Ward, short­listed for the Sto­ry­lines Tessa Duder Award.

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