Patty Jansen

Biography

A couple of years ago, Patty Jansen was told by a very large publisher: "This book is well-written and well-plotted, but no one will publish this". The manuscript in question was book 1 in the Ambassador series, and to say that Patty was a little taken aback and shaken is an understatement.

But, against conventional wisdom, she kept writing similar stories, and had some success in the short story market. She won the Writers of the Future contest and took part in the amazing workshop in LA, hobnobbing with big-name writers like Kevin Anderson, Larry Niven and Greg Benford. She sold some stories to Analog. But she prefers to write novels.

She was getting good industry responses to the Icefire trilogy when the GFC hit, and the publishing industry crawled into a hole. She would like to tell the agents who still have the manuscript from back then that it has been published, so they can remove it from their desks.

Patty didn't set out to become a vocal supporter for self-publishing. In real life, she is not a very controversial person, trained as scientist. She loves writing science bits into novels, whether the genre is science fiction or fantasy.

When she was told by yet another publisher not to bother submitting hard science fiction because she is a woman, she finally decided that maybe the publishing industry was not for her.

She might be stubborn, but she believes that people should allowed to be themselves:

- Women should be able to write science fiction (high-tech and space opera, no naked torsos), even though 95% of the bestseller lists in those genres are male.
- They should do so under their own name.
- Writers should write in their local type of English, and not be "required" to make all their spelling and idioms US-centric.
- Writers have the right not to be held to ransom by publishers who take their manuscripts and then take years to make a decision, or grabbing rights (like movie rights, creative rights) which they are not going to use.

With this in mind, Patty, who lives in Australia, writes science fiction and fantasy about people who also believe in those things, or fight for those things.

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Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Space opera and hard science fiction, also a bit of fantasy. I love writers like Kim Stanley Robinson, C.J. Cherryh, Sean Williams, Stephen Baxter, Robin Hobb and Glenda Larke. I know that's a varied bunch. This is how I tick. I also read a lot of non-fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My little Kobo Touch. In all honesty, I'm not too fussed about technological preferences as long as companies don't make it hard for me to read what I want whenever I want.
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Where to find Patty Jansen online


Books

The Return of the Aghyrians Book 1-4 Omnibus
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Price: $13.99 USD. Words: 415,540. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
All four books in one volume: Watcher's Web Trader's Honour Soldier's Duty Heir's Revenge
The Idiot King
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,090. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Continued from book 2: Johanna, Roald, Nellie and Loesie arrive in Florisheim, where their kinsmen struggle with evil magic.
Heir's Revenge
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Series: Return of the Aghyrians, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 95,930. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
For years, a dictator has ruled the mountain city of Miran. Actions by outsiders have failed to unseat him, but must the nail in his coffin really come from a young woman whose only weapon is that she directs the state theatre?
Willow Witch
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Series: For Queen And Country. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,400. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The second book in the saga. Johanna, Prince Roald, Nellie and Loesie have been captured by bandits. Touched by evil magic, Loesie behaves ever stranger and may be a danger to attempts to escape. Every step they take brings them closer to the duke who is said to be the source of evil. Is he the necromancer who has burned all of Saardam?
Innocence Lost
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Series: For Queen And Country. Price: Free! Words: 58,440. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.00)
Johanna sees the past when she touches anything made of wood. A basket made of twigs tells her that an attack on the port city of Saardam is imminent. As daughter of a rich merchant, she belongs to a class where it is forbidden to speak of magic, she can't warn anyone. Worse, it seems that the attack is in response to something done by the royal family.
Icefire Trilogy Omnibus
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 298,340. Language: Australian English. Published: March 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
All three volumes of the trilogy in one book. "Love the writing, characters and story." --Kevin Anderson, author of the Dune novels about the Icefire story on which this novel is based.
Ambassador 2: Raising Hell
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Series: Ambassador, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 90,280. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Cory Wilson goes on a hare-brained mission to save a friend's position, messing with alien cultures and going where no human should go.
Seven Days to Save The World (and Other Homework Projects)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,210. Language: Australian English. Published: December 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
To save the realm of Celestia, Florian has to deal with magic, cranky unicorns and elves riding motorcycles.
Ambassador
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Series: Ambassador, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,340. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00)
Extra-terrestrial humans, a cowardly attack on a top politician, and a lonely, broke, frightened but very stubborn young diplomat.
Soldier's Duty (Return of the Aghyrians Book 3)
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Series: Return of the Aghyrians, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,350. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
As guard of the world of Hedron, Izramith takes security job to find her uncle. She finds a world entangled in spying and bribery, where one wrong action can lead to war.
The Shattered World Within
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Price: Free! Words: 19,180. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.67)
Like three space stations before it, Zhiminda Station has fallen silent. Zhyara and his crew travel to the very edge of settled space to investigate. Will they find the station dead, its corridors exposed to the vacuum of space? Will they find bodies? Will they run into the unknown killers? Or is the reason much more sinister than that?
Trader's Honour
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Series: Return of the Aghyrians, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,880. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50)
To keep her position as interplanetary Trader, Mikandra needs to prove her employer's innocence. Instead, she discovers secrets that explain her people's history and threaten the foundations of her proud nation.
Shifting Reality - A novel in the ISF-Allion universe
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 111,670. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.00)
In the chaos of the worker population on New Jakarta Space Station, Melati needs to find a mind traveller with dangerous knowledge before the enemy can lay their hands on him.
Looking For Daddy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,550. Language: Australian English. Published: October 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Zombies, living roads, a lone boy and a scary neighbour. Novella adaptation of the story published in Tales for Canterbury
Icefire
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Price: Free! Words: 10,210. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A novellette set in the world of the Icefire Trilogy, the story that was the inspiration for the trilogy.
Blood & Tears (book 3 Icefire Trilogy)
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Series: Icefire Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,090. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Continued from book 2, the saga of the people of the destroyed City of Glass, the neighbouring steam-age Chevakians, and the evil magic that pursues them
The Rebelliousness of Trassi Udang
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Price: Free! Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00)
Short story set in the ISF-Allion universe. Published in the Belong anthology (Ticonderoga publications). Fifteen-year old Ari has plenty of run-ins with enforcers when he smuggles prohibited ingredients for his uncle and other clandestine restaurants in the B-sector of New Jakarta Station. But he stumbles on a rebellion that reaches far outside his insular little work, and is far more dangerous.
Dust & Rain (book 2 Icefire Trilogy)
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Series: Icefire Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,680. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The continuation of the Icefire Trilogy. After the explosion destroyed the City of Glass, Loriane is in a convoy of refugees heading towards neighbouring Chevakia, a country deeply hostile to them, while Tandor is still bewitched and can't tell her why he wants her unborn child.
This Peaceful State of War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
A short story from Writers of the Future vol. 27. Envoy Miranda Tonkin must determine if human effort should be spent on stopping a vicious war between two alien species.
Fire & Ice (book 1 Icefire trilogy)
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Series: Icefire Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 90,230. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00)
In his despair to right the wrongs done to his family, the sorcerer Tandor takes a huge risk that could lead to the destruction of his homeland.
Charlotte's Army
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,040. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00)
Seven thousand artificial human soldiers on their way to fight an interstellar war all share the same fault: they're obsessed with the same woman. A stand-alone story set in the ISF-Allion world.
Watcher's Web
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Series: Return of the Aghyrians, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 89,130. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.50)
When Jessica ends up on a strange world, she knows it's not an accident, even though locals pretend it is. But two men are telling her different versions of what happened and why they want her, and with no knowledge of the world, she has to figure out who is right.
Out of Here
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,980. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00)
A collection of eighteen fantasy and Science Fiction short stories
Whispering Willows
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Series: For Queen And Country. Price: Free! Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A short story. Friends and family on the farm know that Loesie makes up most of the things she says about magic. So the one time she tells the truth, they don't believe her.
The Far Horizon
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,260. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(4.00)
Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn't one.
His Name In Lights
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Price: Free! Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.67)
A novelette originally published in the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette. Why does company boss Eilin Gunnarsson care so much about two young clones that she sends them warnings written on the clouds of Jupiter?

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