You’re invited to the launch of Z.F. Kingbolt’s #IntoTordon!!


Save the date! Friday 21st October, 6pm! It’s when the wonderful Susanne Gervay will launch my joint alter ego, Z.F. Kingbolt at Berkelouw Books in Balgowlah. See invite! I created the identity of Z.F. Kingbolt with a bunch of writer friends specifically to engage readers between 8-14yrs and Into Tordon …

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The Busy But Fulfilling Side to Author Life. #InspiringKids

Zena Shapter Mosman Literary Awards 1

What a busy but fulfilling month! I’ve judged three short story competitions, attended one festival, two presentation ceremonies, featured in one local newspaper and one local magazine, agreed to one free writing workshop for kids, and have signed a book deal! Wow! Wanna see some photos? Last Wednesday I presented …

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Book Sale to @IFWGAustralia! #TowardsWhite

Zena Shapter IFWG Towards White

Woo hoo! I’ve just sold my novel Towards White to the International Fantasy Writers’ Guild, or IFWG. More on this to come over the following months, but the guys at IFWG are so excited to be bringing my novel to life and getting it into the hands of readers. What …

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I’ve Been Snapshot! #scifi #fantasy #books @AustSFSnapshot

The Australian speculative fiction snapshot series celebrates the breadth and depth of Australia’s speculative fiction scene by interviewing prominent writers, editors and booksellers in the industry. I was first interviewed for the series in 2012 (by David McDonald), then in 2014 (by Stephanie Gunn) and it’s an honour to be included …

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What is a Writing Retreat? Culture Shock!

Morning Tea!

A lot of writers struggle to find the time to actually write. Among other things, we have family commitments, paid work, sleep and shiny things on the internet to juggle before any writing gets done. So I couldn’t wait for this weekend – an entire weekend of writing on a …

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How to Get Kids Writing

Zena Shapter Soccer Laptop

Earlier this week my 10-yr-old son Brandan and 9-yr-old daughter Ophelia were featured in our local newspaper, The Manly Daily, in an article encouraging more kids to get writing. This is Brandan and Ophelia’s third year entering our local council’s writing competition and their stories have received praise in the …

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Two Worlds Collide for The Kids’ Cancer Project

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to participate in the 2016 write-a-book-in-a-day challenge. I emphasize ‘lucky’ because if I were the parent of a child with cancer, I wouldn’t be able to spend a day writing… I probably wouldn’t be able to write at all. There’s nothing more heartbreaking for …

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