“The Touch of the Taniwha” by Tracie McBride (Fish) is

“The Touch of the Taniwha” by Tracie McBride is a finalist for the 2013 Aurealis Awards, in the category of “Best Fantasy Short Fiction”. The Aurealis Awards are Australia’s premier speculative fiction awards.

Fish was edited by Carrie Cuinn and KV Taylor, and published in 2013. You can learn more about the anthology here, and read Tracie’s author interview here.

The ceremony will take place April 5, 2014 in Canberra, and we wish Tracie the best of luck!

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Interview: Tracie McBride (FISH)

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Name: Tracie McBride

Age: 45

Author of: “The Touch of the Taniwha”

Current Geographic Location: Melbourne, Australia

Original Hometown, if different: Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Twitter: @TracieMcB

Blog: http://traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com

Recent publications:The Changing Tree“, published in April 2012 in Bards and Sages Quarterly; “Drive, She Said“, published in May 2012 in Lovecraft e-zine; Baptism“, reprinted in March 2012 in Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology.

Which zodiac sign where you born under? Capricorn in Western astrology, Goat in Chinese

If a magic fish granted you one wish, what would it be? World peace, of course! But if I had to choose a selfish wish, it would be for the time and inspiration to write a best-selling novel.

What inspired your story? With my mixed Maori and New Zealand European ancestry, I wanted to write a story that had its roots in Maori mythology. The structure of the story, with its four unreliable narrators, was inspired by a clever and frustrating piece (I wanted to know the truth, dammit!) I read many years ago by a New Zealand author that has stayed with me ever since.

Did you listen to music while writing it? No. My writing takes place in as much silence as I can get, which usually isn’t much; my background music is children squabbling, a dog barking, TV blaring from another room and World of Warcraft from the computer next to me.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? Three, maybe four – the finished product, however, still retains a strong resemblance to the first draft.

What is your favorite bit?

What did the taniwha look like? I don’t know. Like a monster. Like a handsome young warrior. Like my unborn child. Like my father. Like smoke.

Ready for the rest of the story? Get the ePub (for nook and other readers) here and mobi (perfect for your Kindle) here. Only $4.99 each, instant downloads.

You can also get FISH as an ebook through Barnes & NobleAmazon, or Kobo.

Thoughts on FISH: Blog Posts From Some Authors

A few of the authors from our upcoming anthology wrote about their acceptances on their personal websites, and can be found by clicking the links below:

Polenth Blake talks about “Thwarting the Fiends

Mjke Wood gives a shout out for his story, “The Last Fisherman of Habitat 37

Tracie McBride talks about the long path to publication for her story, “The Touch of the Taniwha

Jennifer R. Povey muses on what FISH could be, announces her sale of “Water Demons

Jacob Ruby, who comes back to us after having sold us “Seeds” for IN SITU, mentions his new story, “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La

Sam Fleming posts about her story, “What the Water Gave Her

Official Table of Contents for FISH

Table of Contents, FISH (due out February 8, 2012)

  1. Alexa, Camille “The Skin of Her Skin”
  2. Bennardo, Matthew “The Fish-Wife’s Tale”
  3. Blake, Polenth “Thwarting the Fiends”
  4. Darrach, Shay “I Know a Secret”
  5. Davis, Amanda C. “O How the Wet Folk Sing”
  6. Dixon, Paul A. “One Let Go”
  7. Duyvis, Corinne “The Applause of Others”
  8. Englehardt, Megan “Anansi and the New Thing”
  9. Fleming, Sam “What the Water Gave Her”
  10. Fuller, Andrew “A Salmon Tale, 2072”
  11. Fullerton, H.L. “The Fish Are There On Land”
  12. Gardner, Cate “Too Delicate for Human Form”
  13. George, Zachary “You, Fish”
  14. Hendrix, Sarah “Never to Return”
  15. Kane, Tim “Vanity Mirror”
  16. Kneeland, Andrea “Becoming Human”
  17. Kwak, Jessie “Needlepoint Fish of Azure City”
  18. L’Orange, April “Quick Karma”
  19. Lalumière, Claude “Xandra’s Brine”
  20. Liu, Ken “How Do You Know If a Fish Is Happy?”
  21. McBride, Tracie “The Touch of Taniwha”
  22. McIntyre, T.J. “How Did the Catfish Get a Flat Head, You Wonder?”
  23. Nakayama, Timothy “Fallen Dragon”
  24. Obedoza, Mel “The Fisherman and Golden Fish”
  25. Palmer, Suzanne “Lanternfish In the Overworld”
  26. Povey, Jennifer R. “Water Demons”
  27. Rambo, Cat “The Fisher Queen”
  28. Romasco-Moore, Maria “Fisheye”
  29. Ruby, Jacob “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La”
  30. Shvartsman, Alex “Life at the Lake’s Shore”
  31. Spencer, A. D. “Fish Tears”
  32. Wood, Mjke “The Last Fisherman of Habitat 37”
  33. Zup, Andreea “Maria and the Fish”

Please note the Table of Contents is currently listed alphabetically by author’s last name, and does not reflect the final order of stories.