Paul has edited many anthologies which include Trust Me!, Metaworlds and Australia’s first fantasy anthology, Dream Weavers. He also edited The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian SF&F.
His current adult horror novel, The Beckoning, Damnation Books (US) is available from Amazon.
Tell us a little about your writing journey.
I self-published my first book when I was 21. Silly mistake, but I see many people making it these days, too. The basic problem with vanity press is distribution. Without it, you’ll wind up with a garage full of boxes and a hole in your bank balance. So I decided to publish other people’s work, starting off with Void Magazine, then moving on to publishing Australia’s first fantasy novels, along with a range of science fiction. Even then I fell to distribution woes so I started writing first short stories, and then novels. My first published novel was The Wizard’s Torment, published by HarperCollins. I’ve had about 150 books published. Finally Macmillan said they would distribute books if I published them so I snapped up the chance and returned to publishing.
Tell us about your most popular books
The Only Game in the Galaxy is the third and final book in The Maximus Black Files
This series has gone really well for me. The blurb says:
Isobelle Camody said of the first book: ‘Dragonlinks offers compulsive reading in a thrilling and wonderfully imagined quest for the individually power-bestowing links of a mysterious and arcane mailshirt. The story performs the unusual feat of combining meticulous and original world-building with a matchless heroine in the extraordinary young Countess Jelindel. This is the sort of book you wish really was a never-ending story’.