Let’s make one thing clear: if you’ve assembled a list of best speculative fiction authors in Australia, and Anna Tambour isn’t on it, you’ve either not read her or you’re wrong.
Anna is, quite simply, one of the most original and fascinating speculative voices this country has ever produced. Her novels and collections, such as Monterra’s Deliciosa and Other Stories, and Spotted Lily, have garnered fans everywhere they’ve touched, and awards lie up to throw nominations at her. her 2013 novel Crandolin, for example, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Her most recent publication is her 2015 collection The Finest Ass in the Universe. As with all her works, it’s a sublime treat.
Despite all this, (and the fact you can find her online at her website here), Anna remains one of the most humble and self-effacing people I’ve ever met. When I asked her for a bio, she sent me this: