Tribute book for Chris Cornell

The sudden death of music legend Chris Cornell birthed a flood of grief and confusion. In the days that followed, an outpouring of love and admiration also surfaced. Fans and friends posted tributes, stories, memories and poems. So many expressions of love, so many touching, and sometimes funny, stories.

As I read through these posts, sharing their grief, I felt a need to do something. These expressions from the people who loved him were precious. It would be a shame for them to all drift off into cyber space as time moved on. The idea for a project was born.

I am compiling a book of these remembrances and tributes. Each piece is being used with the expressed permission of the writer. The response has been overwhelmingly supportive. My goal is to gather 100 contributors, or more, and in only a couple of days I have passed the half-way mark.

The ebook that will result from this project will be free. A print version is also planned, which will be sold for the minimum cost possible. This is a project of love.

If you are interested in submitting a piece to this book, please contact me through my Facebook page or Twitter account. Each piece will be attributed to the writer, or anonymous if requested. All rights remain with the original writers.


The Door

I am not a poet by nature, but this piece came to me as I contemplated the loss of my muse, Chris Cornell. I guess he has retained his power to get me writing after all. I wish so fervently that things were different, and that this poem never got penned.

The Door

The Door – written after the tragic passing of Chris Cornell

Farewell, beautiful muse

Tonight, I am reeling. My muse and inspiration, Chris Cornell, is reported to have passed away. So much more to me than just a voice, I cannot grasp the new reality of a world without him. My heart is broken, genuinely shattered.

How did he end up my muse? It started with a photo he posted on Twitter. I was a long-time fan, so I was already following him. Actually, he was the first person I followed on Twitter. Anyway, I digress. The photo was of a wall, marble or something similar, with the ghost of his image reflected. He asked us, his followers, what did we see? It sparked an image, then a paragraph, a scene, a chapter… The resulting story is as yet unfinished, but that was when I knew I’d found my muse.

My first novel has a hero that is not difficult to identify as having been inspired by Chris. But back then, I didn’t see him as my muse. His talent and beautiful character were the source for my character, and I thought it was as simple as that. But after that photo of the wall… Songs, interviews, other photos, so many things sparked ideas and stories.

Now he’s gone. I want to finish those stories he inspired, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to write. I guess I will one day. I think he’d like me to. But my heart is broken. It will heal, I have known grief before, but I have lost my touchstone, the star I navigate with through the waters of creativity.

Only two weeks ago I published a novella inspired by the lyrics of one of Chris’s songs. The temptation is to remove it from sale. I don’t want it to look like I’m being opportunistic or disrespectful. But would he want me to? He enjoyed it when artists covered his songs, so I’ll leave it up. For now, at least. And the other novellas I’d planned that were also based on his songs? Maybe, one day, they’ll make an appearance.

Farewell, my beautiful muse. Thank you for everything, for so much more than I could ever express.

Scar On The Sky special offer

It’s Mother’s Day here in Australia, and to celebrate I have a special offer for you. Until May 28, you can get the ebook of Scar On The Sky for half price on Smashwords. Enter the coupon code LU58D in checkout to receive your discount.

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Mother's Day Special

Merchandise is also now available HERE.

Scar On The Sky is here

The first retailers have listed Scar On The Sky for sale. Currently it is available from Amazon (ebook and print), and Kobo (ebook). My Published Works page will be updated as other retailers list it.

Amazon US

Amazon Australia

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon US paperback

Amazon UK paperback

Amazon US LP paperback

Amazon UK LP paperback


SOTS cover reveal

Scar On The Sky cover reveal

Here it is, the cover of my new novella Scar On The Sky. This is book one of the Rockington series, and will be available to buy in the near future. Your options will be ebook, paperback, and large print paperback. Check back for buy links as the book goes live!

SOTS cover reveal

Special Offer from AHWA

The Australasian Horror Writers Association has an incredible deal available for fans of horror and dark fiction.

Get your hands on ten issues of Midnight Echo – Midnight Echo Issues 1-10 – for the very small price of just $10AUD. I don’t have any pieces in them, but this is too good a deal not to share.

Yes that is right TEN copies of the fantastic magazine, bringing you the best from Australian and New Zealand horror/dark fiction authors for just ten dollars. You will be able to download your ten issues immediately upon completing your transaction.

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