I had an interesting experience last night. By the very generous invitation of Laura Goodin I went to Wollongong and recorded one of my stories for a podcast. Laura produces the Outlandish Voices podcast where short speculative fiction stories from established and emerging writers in the Illawarra region are read, usually by the writers themselves.

One of my stories, Standoff, has been podcast before, but that was read by someone else for the Wily Writers website. This is the first time I’ve read one of my own stories aloud. For some reason my English accent seemed to come through when I sat down in front of the mic. I’m not sure why, but at least it wasn’t the west country or Scottish aspect of my heritage that came through. So, if any of you are interested in hearing me read you a story, watch this space and I’ll let you know when it’s up. The story in question is Crossfire, originally published in The Oddville Press.

I joked with Laura that from all of my work, she’d avoided the darker stories and chose the one funny, whimsical sort of thing I’d had published. She said, “That’s because dark is not how I roll.” Fair enough. I’ll let you know when the story is up – meanwhile, go and have a listen the other stuff that’s there already.

Here’s the Outlandish Voices site to get the podcasts, via Australian Community Radio Podcasts.

And here’s the Outlandish Voices Facebook page. Become a fan!