Writers of the Future Contest Winner from 2011 Releases 19th Book, LOOKING FOR DADDY
Patty Jansen of Sydney, Australia, who was honored as a first place quarterly winner at the 27th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards in April of 2011, has now released her 19th story, "Looking for Daddy."
Since her win three years ago Patty has continued to write and release both science fiction and fantasy in an impressive volume.
Patty's winning story in the Writers of the Future international contest back in 2011, "This Peaceful State of War," was published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXVII as a short story.
"Looking for Daddy" is a new sub-genre for Patty. The story is as follows: Three weeks ago, Daddy left town with the other volunteer firefighters to fight the fires in the city, and Tom and Mother have looked after the farm. Radios, phones and TV broadcasts have fallen silent, trains have stopped coming and the main road has remained empty. When Tom finds a large metal egg on the farm, and a metal-spiked echidna hatches from it, the neighbour Mr McGregor wants to kill it. Whatever has silenced the rest of the world is creeping into town. Roads start talking and zombies come into town, wanting to tell everyone how they died. People must fight back. But Tom thinks differently. The echidna, which he names Thing, is a true friend. Thing protects Tom from the greedy roads, the evil zombies and even Mr McGregor. To find Daddy, Tom needs to follow a map he has found in a vagrant camp site, a map which leads him straight to the place where all the trouble started.
Right on the heels of her Writers of the Future win, Patty started selling short stories to Analog Magazine and has published short stories in Aurealis, Redstone SF and the Grantville Gazette. Her PhD in science has assisted her science fiction writing by her own admission even though it has been years since she has been a practicing scientist.