Fantasy Author Panel Tuesday 7th May: Dunedin Speculative Fiction Entrée

Fantasy Author Panel Tuesday 7th May: Dunedin Speculative Fiction Entrée

Dunedin SpeculativeFiction Writer’s Group, in association with Dunedin Public Libraries, invite local booklovers to a spell-binding event featuring the weird and wonderful world of fantasy genres.

Fantasy Author Panel Tuesday 7th May: Dunedin Speculative Fiction Entrée

Fantasy and Sci-fi authors: RL Stedman, Carolyn McCurdie, Debbie Howell, Daniel Stride, Mark McCabe and Kura Carpenter read a bite-sized taster from their novels. Plus there’s an opportunity to win FREE books on the night!

RL Stedman is an award-winning author who lives in Dunedin with her husband and two children. If she’s not got her nose in a book, she’s on instagram or twitter (@rlstedman) or at her local library.
Carolyn McCurdie is a Dunedin writer of children’s fantasy, young adult science fiction, poetry, short stories. Her novel The Unquiet, published by Longacre Press 2006, was included in the Storylines Trust’s list of Notable Books of 2007.

Daniel Stride is a speculative fiction writer from Dunedin, with a fondness for chocolate, cats, and library books. Daniel is well-known within the blogging community as quite the Tolkien expert and his refreshingly-original dark fantasy novel Wise Phuul features zombie librarians!

Deb E Howell is the bestselling author of UK publisher Grimbold Ink. Her mix of fantasy, Wild West adventure and romance is described as “stories that grab you by the heart.” She lives on a small farm in Waitati, which she hopes one day to turn into a funpark/retreat.

Mark McCabe and his partner recently moved to the Dunedin area from Australia. Mark says he can’t think of a better place than New Zealand in which to live and write fantasy stories. He will be reading from his recently published YA epic fantasy series, Chronicles of Ilaroi. The series comprises two books: As Fire is to Gold and When All the Leaves Have Fallen.

Kura Carpenter enjoys telling lies and patting greyhounds. Her debut urban fantasy crime novel is set in contemporary Dunedin with one twist: what if magic were real and the gangs controlled it? Her writing is filled with dark humour and darker magic.

Audience Q&A to follow - a great chance to meet a LOCAL author and pick their brain!

A book sales table will be available (cash sales only).

Booking: 03 474 3690 or

Tuesday 7th May, 5.30pm
Dunningham Suite, 4
th Floor, City Library


Top Three Ways to Support Local Writers for FREE

I get it, books are expensive. As much as you want to buy books, there’s bills to pay, kids to be feed, and you’d really like a pair of sneakers without holes so you can walk your dog through puddles without having squelchy socks afterwards – or is that just me?

So you might have found yourself asking: 

How can I support local authors for free? 

Good news, there is a number of easy ways that you can help your favourite local authors without spending cold hard cash. 

Here's my Top 3 Ways to Support Local Writers for FREE 


Number 1: Visit Your Local Library.

Libraries want to provide books that their members – that’s You – want to read.
And speaking from personal experience Libraries are extremely supportive of local authors.

[I am certainly Thankful to my local library the Dunedin Public Library for all the support they’ve given me and my fellow Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writers as pictured below]

The DPL Hosts Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writers' Panel "Genre8: Flights of Fantasy"

So go in and find out if your local library stocks the books of your local author – if not, find out how you go about recommending a book. Yes, that’s right, You can recommend books to libraries!

And when they get the book in, or if they all ready have the book on the shelf BORROW it. 

The Dunedin Public Libraries display a Collection of Local Authors books acquired during 2018

This may seem obvious, but actually borrowing a book from a library helps your favourite local author because here’s the thing, libraries keep stats on how many times books are read and authors get paid via a library fund system if their book reaches a certain threshold.

So if you feel badly that you can’t afford to buy a book, by actively borrowing those books from libraries you are still helping your local author. Win-win.

And you know what? Even though you don’t own the book, You can still write a review for the book on Goodreads.

Number 2: Join Goodreads.

What’s Goodreads? I’m glad you asked...
"Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love."
After joining go look up your favourite authors and hit the Follow Button on their author profile page. As per the example below of local Dunedin writer Deb E Howell:

Then go through their books and add them to your hypothetical To-Be-Read pile by clicking the Want to Read button.

If you’ve already read those books even better, Click Read, and give a star rating.

Undoubtedly the best thing and most supportive is to Write A Review at this stage. A star rating is nice, but reviews get noticed, reviews count, reviews are worth three times their weight in gold.

Relax though, this isn’t hard.

Reviews don’t have to be a grandiose statement of delightful prose discussing the finer points of theme, whimsy and narrative arc versus narrative drive. They can be, but they don’t have to be.

A review can be a comment “I enjoyed this book a lot”. You’re not expected to write an essay, this isn’t a school report, just say what appealed to you. Was it funny? Sad? Who was your favourite character? Do you want to read their next book?

Trust me, Writers love feedback. Think about it, have you even had a compliment from a stranger? It makes your day, right? Same for writers. Even a simple line like, “This book made me see my city in a whole new light” will make an author’s day. Your single line review might be the difference between someone giving up or not. Seriously. You have that power.

example of a brief review that made my day :)
[By the way, If you do want to learn how to write reviews, read my Guide: How to Write A Book Review ]

Number 3: Social Media.

But maybe you’re not a member of Goodreads, maybe you don’t read all that much and just want to help your writer friend.

Well, even in this high-tech-age, it turns out that good old-fashioned ‘Word-of-Mouth’ is still valid and helpful way to support local authors, and Thanks to Social Media it’s easier than ever.

Take a photo of their book (which you borrowed from the library, or saw on the shelf in a bookshop, or perhaps you did buy a copy) and share that photo of the book cover on Your social media.

Maybe a quick post on Facebook/Instagram with “Here’s a good book I read recently” or “Here’s a book my friend wrote, you might like it” – this is something my friends have done and I’m extremely grateful. 

Look what just arrived!!! I cant wait to start reading your work of art!!!
I have been waiting ages to read this, written by my friend and fellow greyhound owner Kura Carpenter I was definitely not disappointed!! I don't think I've actually read a book so fast, just couldn't put it down. Every page was thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait to see what comes next, and you don't even have to put a greyhound in it!! 😉😉

Speaking of Social Media, don’t forget: Find your local author friend on various social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc etc and FOLLOW them, but more than that ACTIVELY ENGAGE by liking, commenting and sharing their posts.

So that’s it, my Top Three Ways to Support Local Writers for FREE and none of that was hard, right? No money spent but plenty of support given.

You can do it! And if You have, as one author, may I say Thank You! Thank You, Readers everywhere!
Because at the end of the day Writers and Readers are a partnership, and I for one am grateful to have You on My team.

Now go read something, I’ve writing to do.


Kura Carpenter is a Dunedin Fantasy Author 
and Founding Member of the 

News: The Kingfisher's Debt - Dunedin Urban Fantasy

News: The Kingfisher's Debt - Dunedin Urban Fantasy

The Kingfisher's Debt by Kura Carpenter
The Kingfisher's Debt - Urban Fantasy

My debut Urban Fantasy novel "The Kingfisher's Debt" described as Wellington Paranormal meets Outrageous Fortune is available now in paperback and ebook.
Publisher: IFWG Australia

Back Cover Blurb:

Magic isn’t real, right?

Within the small coastal city of Dunedin, local translator, Tamsin Fairchild has a reputation she hates. People think she’s psychic…

Always hovering around and interfering in Tamsin’s life, part father-figure, part thorn in her side, Detective Jackson, is an old-school cop. Childhood friend to her deceased mother, Tamsin wonders could her mother have let an outsider in on the truth?

Newcomer, rookie cop Scott Gale is forced to team-up with Tamsin when they investigate the disappearance of a newborn baby and a bizarre crime scene—satanic ritual or hoax?
More and more the blame starts to point towards Tamsin…

Tamsin must uncover who’s framing her, find the baby before it’s too late, unravel the mystery behind her elder brother’s disappearance, and stop Scott from entering a world not meant for human eyes.

But Scott has family secrets of his own and Tamsin doesn’t know who to trust.
But can you trust Tamsin? What if the person who saved your life is about to frame you for murder?

CLICK HERE to Read Sample chapters of The Kingfisher's Debt via Amazon


CLICK  here for REVIEWS of The Kingfisher’s Debt  on GoodReads


Or if YouTube is more your thing, NZ BookTube Roya Eve Reads has a wonderful review HERE



If you do happen to a read a copy, I would really appreciate that you leave a written review from where you bought the book, or posted to Goodreads if you borrowed from a library/friend.

Even a single line saying what you thought means a great great deal to me, and helps other people find this story. Thanks!

To purchase a Paperback edition of the Kingfisher's Debt via Book Depository click here


CLICK Cover image below to Read Sample chapters of The Kingfisher's Debt via Amazon

You can also listen to an audio sample from Chapter One Via Youtube Below, 

Thanks to Cal Lumney for narration and Rashed of Book Emporium!