Marianne summed up her thoughts on the win thusly:
“I’m truly delighted that PEACEMAKER has been commended by the Aurealis judging panel. My dad brought me up on
a diet of pulp Westerns and, eventually, I inherited his complete Zane Grey collection. For many years, I wanted to
write my own version of a Western as a thank you to him, and because those stories were my first, intense fictional love. My sister still gets a kick out of telling people how at eight years of age I would only answer to the name of one of Zane Grey’s cowboys.
But writing a western, SF, paranormal mash-up is one thing. Publishing it is quite another. I’d like to thank Lee Harris, Marc Gascoigne, Caroline Lambe and everyone at Angry Robot for giving this story a chance when it was well outside the purview of most speculative publishers. I hope this award, in some small way, rewards them for the gift they bestowed on me.”
We couldn’t be happier for you, Marianne! Congratulations!