Blog Bites with Zaide Bishop

 It’s always fantastic to introduce a new author; I’d like to welcome Zaide Bishop. 

I write: Sci fi, steampunk and fantasy with a romantic twist.

I’m from: Currently, I’m living just north of Brisbane. I moved here in October from Cairns and a few years before that I was in Melbourne. I move a lot.

Three words to describe me: Creative, ambitious and intelligent.

 At home I cook:  Pasta, lots of pasta.

My worst habit is: Nail biting. I’ve been trying to stop for years.

It’s a bit daggy but I love: Breeding freshwater shrimp. If you google crystal red shrimp, you’ll see they’re very small and brightly coloured. They produce about ten babies every two or three months and about thirty can be kept in a 40l aquarium. I currently have about 60 in a densely planted 300l aquarium. They look like little red and white tigers hunting in a massive jungle.

My first job was: Training security and search and rescue dogs. I was the youngest in QLD.

My day job is:  I’m disabled and have been deemed unfit for work. I’m hoping that one day I’ll earn enough writing to prove that assessment wrong.

Saving for: A house. I desperately want a house of my own. Somewhere I can rip up the lawn for a veggie patch and paint the walls any colour I like.

I procrastinate by: This is the dorkiest thing ever, but I procrastinate writing my work in progress by writing other things. Plotting, planning, writing up scenes and dialogue. Sometimes I also write marketing plans. Yesterday, I brainstormed 170 possible names for my series instead of writing it. Literally 170—I numbered them.

Three things people might not know about me are:

1. I probably couldn’t finish a novel without the free online writing program, Write or Die. I do 15 minute, 500 word sprints until I hit my goal for the day. At this speed, I can reach 2000 words in an hour. 4000 words in two hours—if I have a deadline.

2. I have a treadmill desk. A tall desk positioned over a treadmill so I can walk or run while I type.

3. Because of my illness, I am only well enough to write for a few hours in the morning. By midday most days I am too sick to drive or do things that require higher brain function, so if I have to get groceries or go to the bank, I have to do that instead of writing for the day.

Favourite author: China Mieville.

Current reading: The Midnighter Series by Scott Westerfeld. His Leviathan trilogy is one of my favourite series ever.

Favourite book as a child: Raptor Red by Robert T Bakker. There was a time I had whole passages memorised and my first finished novella (when I was 13) was a pseudo rip-off.

Favourite movie: Event Horizon (1997) or The Descent (2005). Two films I seem to be able to watch over and over without ever getting sick of them.  

Plotter or panster: Plotter: When you sign a contract for a series, you have to be. Publishers want to know where the story is going from day one. Before I signed my contract with Carina Press, I had to give them a synopsis of all seven books.

I would most like to meet: My soulmate. It’s hard to get out and meet people when you’re disabled. Japan needs to perfect those robot husbands already.

When I was young I wanted to be: A dinosaur. For an embarrassingly long time. I pretty much moved on from dinosaur to author.

Why I write: It’s compulsory. Like breathing.

Latest project: My first novella, Eliza’s Awakening, is coming out on the 23rd of July with Carina Press. While we were still editing that, I wrote the first novella of a dystopian sci-fi series. Carina Press offered me a seven book contract based on the first book and synopses. I’ll be writing one book every two months in that series for the next twelve months.

Thank you Zaide.

If you would like to learn more about Zaide and her writing, please drop by her website

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  1. Congratulations on the release of Eliza’s Awakening, Zaide, and that incredible contract. Hope your books sells its socks off!

  2. Carmen

     /  June 15, 2012

    Very inspiring, Zaide. Congrats on your success and I hope all your dreams come true. All the best.

  3. Big congrats Zaide and hope to see at conf this year

  4. Congrats on the launch of “Eliza” – well done!


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