Get to know our authors: Gillian Polack

Satalyte Publishing have some of the most creative and diverse people working with us. Our authors come from all over Australia and write such fantastic work that you won’t know where to start. That is where I come in, in the next few weeks I will be introducing our authors and their work to you so you don’t miss out on brilliant Australia stories.

Here at Satalyte, we believe greatly in promoting and supporting Australian authors and the complex nature of genres. You will find stories such as: auto-biographical, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, short stories, teens, and much more as you peruse through our books. Not only Australian authors, we also distribute international names like Kevin J Anderson and Rebecca Moesta.

The first author I am going to present to you is the wonderful and eternally funny, Dr Gillian Polack.

Gillian Polack

Gillian Polack

Gillian Polack has a PhD in Medieval History and Creative writing. Very knowledgeable about anything Medieval, Gillian brings that history and depth to her writing. Ghosts, Time Travel, Dreaming, World Constructs, all her novels have something very different about them but still retain that essence of who Gillian is. She has published The Art of Effective Dreaming, Time of the Ghosts and Langue [dot] doc 1305 with Satalyte.

Gillian’s previous novel ‘Ms Cellophane/Life through Cellophane’ was a Ditmar Finalist, as was the anthologies ‘Baggage’. She was awarded the Best Achievement Ditmar in 2010.

Gillian is in demand at SF conventions because she carries chocolate most of the time. Not only is she a writer, but Gillian is also a reviewer, critic award-judge. She has written many non-fiction books and was an ex-morris dancer. She currently lives in Canberra, Australia, which explains everything.

 

Gillian has a new novel The Wizardry of Jewish Women which is due for release in 2016 and it looks amazing.

Who wants superpowers?
Not Rhonda. Rhonda wants to live an ordinary life.
“My life is a soap opera with magic,” thinks Judith, as she reviews her year.

Before it all begins, she just wants to lose her past and keep her children safe.
Belinda, her sister, wants recipes.
Their lives are simple.

All three women get a lot more than they bargained for in 2002 and 2003.
Bushfires.
A possessed lemon tree.
Prophecy. Magic. Romance.
Violence. Politics.
Family.Secret Jewish women’s business ought to be carried out
in more exotic places than suburban Australia.
Except that sometimes, suburban Australia is chancy and troubling.
Even without those mystery boxes from the great-grandmother no-one talks about.
Even without the Angel of Death and Zoë’s pink tutu.

Here are some reviews:

Goodreads

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Feb 04, 2015 Marta Salek rated it really liked it 4 Stars ·  review of another edition

It requires talent to take two disparate themes–medieval history and time travel–and marry them convincingly, let alone to create a world that is so beautifully and gracefully ordinary. I enjoy stories with a bit of action, but here is proof that one does not need blood and guts and over-the-top concepts to produce a novel that is so immersive. All you need is the right group of characters, and an author with the skill to slow the world down enough for their reality to become ours.

AOEDThe Art of Effective Dreaming

Jun 18, 2015 Kyla Ward rated it really liked it 4 stars

As Stephen King is wont to say, “… the difference between humour and horror is it stops being funny when it starts happening to you.” (most recently, at the International Festival of Authors PEN Gala, October 24, 2013). In her latest novel, Gillian Polack shepherds us gently past the point where Fay’s dreams stop being fantasy and become utterly terrifying.

Fay is a twenty-something public servant, living in Canberra, Australia. She is single, likes reading and used to play the flute, but all tha As Stephen King is wont to say, “… the difference between humour and horror is it stops being funny when it starts happening to you.” (most recently, at the International Festival of Authors PEN Gala, October 24, 2013). In her latest novel, Gillian Polack shepherds us gently past the point where Fay’s dreams stop being fantasy and become utterly terrifying.
This is a book about assumptions. About reality, for starters, but also about need, duty and happiness

TimeofGhostswebThe Time of the Ghosts

Pamela Lloyd rated it really liked it 4 stars

Shelves: fantasy, books-by-friends

Gillian Polack’s writing just keeps getting better and better. I loved this book with its unusual cast of characters, all of them haunted, one way or another, all of them intent on saving Canberra from an intrusion of magical beings, and all of them worth knowing. Now, if only I could make it to one of their dinner parties.
Some of the places where Gillian can be found:
http:///www.gillianpolack.com
http://gillpolack.livejournal.com
Twitter: @GillianPolack
Facebook: Gillian Polack
http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com.au/

If you like the sound of any of Gillian’s books then you can purchase them here http://satalyte.com.au/

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