By Ashleigh Hartley

As Australia’s home of pop culture fandom, Supanova remains a wonderful exhibition for Australian authors to talk about and showcase their novels to new audiences.

Whether self-published, or published traditionally, Supanova welcomes a variety of authors in an exciting setting.

Authors Adele Jones, Jeanette O’Hagan and Lynne Stringer at their Gold Coast Supanova 2023 stall.
Authors Adele Jones, Jeanette O’Hagan and Lynne Stringer at their Gold Coast Supanova 2023 stall.

While at Supanova Gold Coast, I had the pleasure of seeing, meeting and hearing from an abundance of authors who were all thrilled to talk about their creations.

The standout session for me was the Literary Discussion: Making Your Ideas Stand Out with T.R Napper, Lynette Noni and Freya Marske. Hearing from these three authors about their novels was incredibly illuminating.

Literary Discussion session with T.R Napper, Lynette Noni and Freya Marske discussing how to make your ideas stand out.
Literary Discussion session with T.R Napper, Lynette Noni and Freya Marske discussing how to make your ideas stand out.

In this session, the authors discussed their different writing methods, how they were inspired to create their characters and shared some anecdotes about the editing process of their novels. The crowd discovered that Freya Marske and T.R Napper were avid plotters (authors who plot their novel entirely before writing) while Lynette Noni starts out as a plotter before becoming a pantser in the writing process (a writer who is inspired by ideas while writing). 

It was amazing hearing from these wonderful and successful authors. It was also thrilling to meet some of Australia’s self-published writers! Throughout the exhibit, I was lucky enough to find a variety of stalls with authors showing off their self-published works. 

B.V. Larson, author of the Star Runner Series at his Gold Coast 2023 Supanova stall.
B.V. Larson, author of the Star Runner Series at his Gold Coast 2023 Supanova stall.

A stand-out stall for me was N.J Tierney. The Gold Coast author self-published her book The Gribble’s Gift: Tanglemire Forest No Ordinary World. The reason this stall stood out was the incredible Gribble Home the author had handmade on display. It was an adorable work of art. 

The Gribble's Gift: Tanglemire Forest No Ordinary World book stall, showing replica Gribble’s home.
The Gribble’s Gift: Tanglemire Forest No Ordinary World book stall, showing replica Gribble’s home.

Other book stalls I had the pleasure of visiting included the Star Runner Series stall by B.V. Larson, the Lissae Series by R. Lennard and the Turning Points Series by Josie Lane stall, and fiction authors Adele Jones, Jeanette O’Hagan and Lynne Stringer stall. It was so fun to visit each of these stalls, and I got to chat with some amazing authors. 

Authors R. Lennard and Josie Lane at their Gold Coast 2023 Supanova stall.
Authors R. Lennard and Josie Lane at their Gold Coast 2023 Supanova stall.

Overall, Supanova Gold Coast 2023 was full of amazing literary stalls, and I wish I’d had the time to visit more.

Getting to speak with authors about their novels and the routes they went through to publish these books was incredibly informative. I am thrilled to note my to-be-read list has grown a mile after attending the event. 

Word Fest Toowoomba has a diverse offering of events happening in Toowoomba throughout the year.