Tony Shillitoe burst onto the Australian fantasy scene with the Andrakis Trilogy beginning in 1992. As the story, he was convinced by a friend to send a sample to a publisher even though he had only about 10 chapters written. He didn’t hold much hope for it being seen, as he says that only about 0.1% of manuscripts get published. Much to his surprise his was accepted. A little bit of amazement and a lot of shock and Tony had himself a trilogy.
He then went on to write ‘The Last Wizard’, which was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel. It would then be some 7 years before he would return to fantasy with the Ashuak Chronicles. In 2006 Shillitoe released the first novel in a new fantasy series, the Dreaming in Amber quartet.
But since then he has been very quiet. The great news is that there is something new coming. Something very new, and I cannot wait for it. Until then Tony agreed to do this little interview with me.