When people ask me how to get into writing, I first warn them that it’s a thankless occupation that has very little material reward (yes, that’s right, most writers aren’t wealthy and I’m one of them). But for real writers, it’s an affliction rather than a vocational choice, and becoming published is always the ultimate goal.

So I recommend local people cursed with the affliction of being a writer to head on over to the South Bank, and visit the Queensland Writer’s Centre in the State Library complex, because I would never have been published myself if it hadn’t been for the help these lovely people provide. There’s resources, classes, and full-on novel-writing intensive bootcamps. Cannot recommend enough.

Which brings me to my final appearance for 2012 (and probably the last until ‘Dark Serpent’ is released): I’ll be reading at the Writer’s Centre for their event ‘Whispers’ on Saturday the 15th of December at 3pm at the library cafe. I’ll read an extract from ‘Small Shen’ which will fit nicely with the theme of ‘Feasts and Rituals’. So if you’re interested in what happens at this most awesome place, please wander down and have a listen – there are many finer writers than me who will be reading their work there as well.

More details at the QWC Website.

12 responses to “Whispers at Queensland Writers Centre”

  1. jponce says:

    So I bought White Tiger shortly after new year. I hadn’t heard of it before, as I am just starting to get back into reading again. I just finished Heaven to Wudang reading them all successively. I have to have your next book, when does it come out? I think you’ve found your newest fan.

    • kylie-admin says:

      I think the closer I get to a new release, the more I get asked this question – ‘When is the next one coming out?’ – ‘Dark Serpent’, book seven, will be released in Australia at the end of April (formal publication date is May 1).

      • Chris says:

        Any chance their will be an electronic copy for ebook readers in australia on release day? I love your books and have them all but i am really out of shelf space with a whole wall covered. I am trying to move slowly to ebooks even though they cost a little more half the time for some unknown reason

        • kylie-admin says:

          Hi Chris, yes! The ebook versions – on all formats – are usually released by my publisher at the same time as the paper versions.

          • Chris says:

            Thanks Kylie that is great news. Your books are so addictive and original. I hope there will be more coming after the next one be it the same series or different. Also just wanted to say Small Shen was great and not what i expected. I thought it would be more Manga like but the mix of Manga style graphics and normal book style text made it fantastic mix.

            Please keep up the great work!


  2. Ryan Varley says:

    Kylie Chan, you claim that writing is a thankless job, but I’m afraid I cannot agree.

    My reasoning is simple, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me along with you, on this fantastic journey. Your books, have held me captive, indeed wholly at their mercy, for it is 3:41am here in Japan right now (not an uncommon occurrence since I realised you released the Wudang trilogy) and I have just finished Journey to Wudang.

    I had a particularly good giggle when you introduced the CH’s Principal 😉

    I can’t wait to see what happens next 🙂

    Also, thank you for publishing them as ebooks as well, I read all of your books on the kindle. (Well I’m about to search for the little Shen).

    Thanks again, I can’t wait to see what trouble Emma gets into in Wales with the western Shen, or how she means to get the Snake back, or how they deal with the King for that matter.

    I am currently learning Karate myself, as well as considering Bhudism, and trying to find some physical and mental balance in my life. I think I shal also look to the Tao as an alternative or complimentary method of attaining some form of mental control and balance.

    I wish you well, and once again, I thank you 🙂

    Ryan Varley

    • kylie-admin says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Ryan, I have to take it back when I say that being a writer is a thankless task, don’t I? You’ve proven me wrong in the nicest sort of way!

  3. Belinda says:

    It took me less than two weeks to read all 6 books after I got sick of waiting for the library I bought them and then had to fight my husband to be able to read them first, I had to hide Small Shen until I finished it. Can’t wait to find out what happens next.
    I know the affliction of writing, I write short novels and poetry and it really got in the way of my uni assignments. It is really had to concentrate on the real world when the one your mind is weaving keeps getting in the way.

  4. Kim says:

    I am so sad, I have just finished #6 and have to wait for Dark Serpent… Will it come out n NZ same time as Ozzie? Oh we’ll, at least I have Small Shen to tie me over for the next few hours… Love your work Kylie!

  5. Brigitte says:


    Wow… Your books have captivated me into a world of self discipline, Martial Arts, Gods and life stories. Love it Kylie, finished reading Dark Serpent and I can’t wait for the next book. I hope John gets his serpent back and kicks Kings butt, I hope Emma becomes his wife, is lifted and kick the kings ass as well.
    I am looking out for the next one…but I can’t wait.
    I am currently training in the Martial Arts of Hapkido and Tai-Chi loving every minute of it. Every move you describe, I can see it in my mind, I just wished some times we could know how to manipulate energy. I would of helped my boy with his Epilepsy.
    Your books, takes me out of here when I most need it. Epilepsy takes a lot out of my boy, but it also takes it out of me. Your books…helps me.
    Let me know how long until the second part of Dark Serpent?
    Keep it up Kylie, thank you once again.


    • kylie-admin says:

      Thank you Brigitte, your kind words mean so much to me – and I’m so glad my stories can relate to your martial arts study!

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