Bits and pieces

Author interviews, guest blog posts, and appearances

In June 2018, UK book reviewer and blogger Kerry Parsons of Chat About Books interviews me about my writing; my latest release, the dark collection 300 Degree Days and Other Stories; and my upcoming horror novel Contrition.

In 2018, I was a guest on the Deadman’s Tome Podcast on Friday May 25th at 9.30 pm (CST USA), which was Saturday May 26th at 12.30 pm (EST Australia). Mr Deadman’s weekly podcast features interesting guests, exploration of the paranormal, discussion of conspiracy theories, and the occasional angry rant.

In May 2018, writer, editor and book reviewer Lisa Haselton interviews me about my short story writing and my latest release, the dark literary collection 300 Degree Days and Other Stories.

In April 2018, Bookworms Corner Blog Spot features me in their Author Spotlight, which includes an author interview and terrific reviews of my two latest horror releases, the novella Thylacines and the collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories.

In April 2018, Speculative Fiction Showcase interviews me about writing dark fiction.

In March 2018, MaMa’s Book Corner invited me to write a guest post. “On writing monsters” explores some of the techniques I use to conjure up creatures for my horror fiction.

In March 2018, UK writer Alyson Faye interviews me for the Horror Tree.

In February 2018, Tarran Jones, Australian writer and book publicist, invited me to write a guest blog post on how I like to include Australian fauna in my horror stories.

One of IFWG Publishing Australia’s newest authors, Andrew Cull, has a “Writers on Writing” weekly feature on his Facebook page. In January 2018, my contribution is a snippet of advice on how to better your chances of getting your short story collection picked up by a publisher.

In December 2017, I’m interviewed by Fiona Mcvie of Author Interviews.

In December 2017, the Women In Horror blog publishes my essay, “The horror of family”, which explores why stories about dysfunctional families resonate with both readers and writers.

In October 2017, writer/director Andrew Cull started a “Writers on Writing” weekly feature on his Facebook page. My contribution is a snippet of advice on workshopping groups.

In September 2017, I’m interviewed by Risingshadow about my collection, Perfect Little Stitches and other stories.

In July 2017, the Women in Horror Blog publishes my mini-memoir on body horror:

In January 2017, Claire Fitzpatrick interviews me for the Women In Horror blog:

In January 2017, Risingshadow, one of the largest science fiction and fantasy book databases, invited me to submit a guest blog post on my horror writing:

In December 2016, Helen Lowe, award-winning NZ poet and fantasy author, invited me to write a guest blog post on world-building for my monster horror novel, ‘Devil Dragon’:

In November 2016, Tarran Jones, Australian writer and book publicist, invited me to write a guest blog post on the inspiration for my monster horror novel, ‘Devil Dragon’:

Ginger Nuts of Horror is the largest independent horror review and news website in Europe, with viewing figures in excess of 100,000 a month. Adrian Shotbolt interviewed me in August 2016:

In May 2016, Canadian author, Allison Cosgrove, interviews me on her blog:

In March 2016, horror guru and editor, Simon Dewar, interviewed me on his blog for Women in Horror Month:
You can also read the interview on his Goodreads blog:

In December 2015, my author interview about my short story, ‘Will o’ the wisp’, is released on the Black Beacon Books’ Facebook event page for the ‘Lighthouses’ anthology:

Cohesion Press had a booth at the Melbourne Supanova 2015, Melbourne Showgrounds in Flemington, Saturday April 11th and Sunday April 12th 2015. I was there on both days, signing copies of my novella, ‘Dark Waters’, alongside Cohesion Press editor-in-chief Geoff Brown, and fellow authors Kaaron Warren, Robert Hood and Gerry Huntman.

In February 2015, I’m interviewed by Satalyte Publishing in the lead-up to the release of my collection ‘Mayhem: selected stories’:

In February 2015, Kaaron Warren interviews me for the April 2015 issue of Midnight Echo magazine, ‘Sinister’. The webpage is long gone, but my interview read:

[What does Sinister mean to you?] ‘Sinister’ evokes dread, escalating tension, the threat of something terrible about to happen. It is Nosferatu’s shadow on the wall, rather than his bite.

[What was the ‘spark’ for your story? i.e., where did the idea come from?] As a medical writer, I often squirrel away facts about diseases and conditions as inspiration for pieces of fiction. The black market in body parts has intrigued and horrified me ever since I first heard of it many years ago. In response, I became an organ and tissue donor – with enough voluntary donors, the black market would cease to exist – but I have long wanted to write a story about this macabre, criminal trade. When I saw Kaaron’s prompt (‘Sinister’) on the Midnight Echo website I knew immediately that I would write that story and make it a slow, atmospheric burn.

From January 23rd to February 6th 2015, I am asked to be the featured author at Alfie Dog Fiction UK:

In December 2014, I’m interviewed by Fiona McVie of Authors Interviews UK:

In November 2013, I’m interviewed by Josh of the book blog, Just A Guy That Likes To Read:

I’m interviewed by The Fringe Magazine, December 2010.

I’m the featured writer for the month of December 2010 at Australian Reader.

I was a guest on 3WBC 94.1FM radio program ‘Poets, prose and jazz’ on Friday September 17th, and Friday December 3rd 2010.

On May 26th 2010, I was a guest on Red River Radio, a program out of Florida US about writers and writing, on Blog Talk Radio. The host is Dellani Oates and the other guests were Lawrence D. Elliot and Dianna Graveman. Here’s the link for the podcast:


The Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition was open to submissions until May 31, 2017. I was honoured to be one of the judges. My fellow judges are the very talented writers Maree Kimberley and Glenn H. Mitchell.

Mentor / Tutor / Lecturer

In 2017, the Australasian Horror Writers Association assembled a team of award-winning and award-nominated industry professionals in the fields to help emerging writers better their craft through the AHWA Mentor Program. The program matches new writers with established writers for a three-month period of intense development. The mentors are myself, Kaaron Warren, Lee Murray, Alan Baxter, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Greg Chapman, and Charles Lovecraft. My mentee, editor and emerging writer, Geneve Flynn, writes about the experience of being a mentee.

I ran my creative writing workshops for beginners at North Ringwood Community House throughout 2011 and 2012. A recommendation from a student: ‘Over a number of years, I have attended classes and writing groups that have just not “done it” for me. Deborah Sheldon’s classes certainly have. Inspirational, highly informative, humorous, invigorating and professional in the highest extreme. Thank you Deb.’ – Beverley P., Wantirna.

I ran monthly writing classes at Orana Neighbourhood House in Wantirna South and North Ringwood Community House throughout 2010. A quote from one of the (anonymous) feedback forms: ‘Love love love this class. Very educational, informative, interesting, inspiring. Highlight of my month!’

In 1998, I was guest speaker at an RMIT screenwriting class. Also in 1998, I was a delegate at the ASDA/AWG seminar weekend, speaking on ‘SomaZone’.


Over the 31 years of my career, I’ve had many gigs that I haven’t described in detail such as annual reports, general editing, script editing, consultancy. In most cases, these gigs are health-related. For example:

In 1995, I wrote the teacher notes for “Women of the Philippines”, part of Video Education Australasia’s “Half the sky: women around the world” video series.!243993~!0&booklistformat=#focus

I have done editing work for various health organisations such as Alzheimer’s Australia.

In 2010, I wrote medical copy for Assess Now, a program for the US education market. My pieces, including information on muscles and the skeletal system, were designed to help teachers test the literacy of primary school students.

Non-fiction pieces

The Victorian Writer magazine is a valuable resource for Writers Victoria members and aspiring writers across Australia. The October/November issue includes my feature article, “How to spot a bad editor”.

The Pilot 2018 Diary For Writers features advice from Island, Griffith Review, Poetry New Zealand, Lip, Rabbit, and Brief PLUS writing tips, prompts and encouragement from some of Australia and New Zealand’s authors, poets, playwrights, journalists and critics, including Garry Disher, Alan Baxter, Jane Turner Goldsmith, me, and many more.

My article, ‘The How-To of Health Writing’, is published in the November 2015 issue of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine:

My brief take on crime-noir fiction is published by Alfie Dog Bites UK in May 2013:

My ‘reflections’ piece on the process behind my short story ‘Basket trap’ is published on the Page Seventeen website, November 2011.

My personal essay ‘What I learnt on the way to my latest book contract’ is published in the March 2010 issue of Positive Words magazine.

Book reviewer

My friend Gillian Kendall edited a collection of travel essays called ‘Something to declare: good lesbian travel writing’, which was released late 2009. I wrote a review of her book for The New Book Review website, published January 2010.

Film scriptwriter

In April 2009, my short film script ‘Man with a suitcase’ (based on my short story of the same name) is listed on the Australian Short Films web site.


In 1998, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Multidisciplinary, from Victoria College (now known as Deakin University), Toorak campus, Melbourne. I achieved consistent high distinctions throughout the three-year course.

  • Majors: scriptwriting & journalism
  • Minors: literature & philosophy
  • Electives: fiction writing, psychology & editing

Further education: 1996 Producer & production management course, Open Channel, Melbourne.