What are you reading at the moment?
“Heartsick for Country,” edited by Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia and Blaze Kwaymullina.
What’s your favourite place on the Gold Coast, and why?
Probably Tamborine National Park? I can’t resist lyrebirds or rainforest. When I was little, I loved the feeling of lorikeets at Currumbin climbing through my hair. I also loved the taste of that first sweet crunch of a wedge of raw sugar cane. We ate it in the car on the road trips interstate!
What’s your connection with the Gold Coast?
Though we lived in Sydney as kids, my father bought a property on the Gold Coast in the 80s. He loved beaches, skyscrapers and scalding hot, powerful short black coffee, so Surfers was the perfect place for him, but we never did end up living there. Nowadays I have a brother-in-law in Parkwood. He has yet to take me on a boat trip into the Broadwater (Hint, hint ;))
What does your story convey about the Gold Coast?
I hope it conveys the lushness, the heat, the natural beauty and the sense of that beauty being under threat, now and ever since colonisation.
What attracted you to the photo you selected?
The breadfruit trees (note: not actually breadfruit trees, but everyone calls them that, they are pandanus trees). I remember getting smacked by my mum for climbing in them when I was supposed to be putting my shoes back on and getting in the car!
Tell us about your story in one sentence.
A glazier confronts a ghost trapped in a pane of glass.
What else have you published?
Around 40 short fantasy or science fiction stories, appearing in Australian or international online or print magazines, anthologies and collections. Australian-set stories include the award winning “The Wisdom of Ants” at Clarkesworld online (http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/dyer_12_12/ ) and “After Hours,” one of four original stories in my collection, “Asymmetry” (http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/paperbacks/asymmetry-2 ).
I also have a time-travelling pirate novella, “The Company Articles of Edward Teach,” about a couple of Australian teenagers who find more than they bargained for in a fancy dress shop!
What’s your main genre?
Speculative fiction, which to me is a bracket for the magical, fantastic, futuristic and high-tech.
What are you working on now?
A fantasy novel set in the canopy of a rainforest (speaking of rainforests!) – I can’t put lyrebirds in it since they live on the ground, haha.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Queensland is pretty awesome but if your state flag gets raised over the Sydney Harbour Bridge one more time post-Origin you will make both a small child and a grown adult cry
Oh, and you can visit my website for free fiction and other info, www.thoraiyadyer.com, or look me up on Goodreads (I am a compulsive bookworm) or Twitter. Cheers!