Marlee Jane Ward is creating Words
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I’m a writer, reader and weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. I write speculative Fiction: weird futures populated with cheeky, complex babes and bros; diverse, heartfelt, funny and brutal.

I grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong. I attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2014. (Read all about that here, and here.)

You can find my short stories at Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, in Mad Scientist Journal, Slink Chunk PressAurealis and the Hear Me Roar and In Your Face anthologies.

My debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won Seizure’s Viva La Novella in 2015 and was published that year. It won the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award, The Norma K Hemming Award, and an Aurealis Award.

The sequel, Psynode was released in May of 2017.

In 2017 I won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent.

I like dreaming of the future, cats, and making an utter spectacle of myself.

All this writing and spectacle-making takes time. And money.

Right now I work part-time in a job I like, that doesn't drive me too crazy and almost covers my bills. I prioritized writing about a year and a half ago, and because my work status is 'casual' I get no leave or sick-pay. BUT I have enough time to write! Earlier this year I won the Victorian Premiers Award for YA fiction, and I used the prize money to pay off my debts. I'm so lucky - I'm at zero, a clean slate. (Full disclosure: I also bought a bed and put some funds towards a trip, my first time off in over two years.) I'm incredibly grateful to be in the position that I'm in.

Now: to the future!

I've got so many books in my head right now: the next two installments in the Mirii Mahoney series (sequels to Welcome to Orphancorp), a new YA-ish (or YA cross-over, or NA or dark YA) series, plus a stand-alone novel for adults. I'm not a hugely established writer, but I'm setting up this Patreon to supplement my income and ease some of the stress of finances. Writing, and building a writing career takes time and costs a bunch. I'll use these funds to invest in my career - paying costs like travel and admission (cons are a great way to connect with other writers and readers, but can be costly), for software, printing costs, promotions, website fees and similar essentials.

I believe in art and in creators.

People who make stuff with their own heads and hands and hearts are valuable and I want to support them. Art and words and songs move culture and people forward. I think creators have value. I'm one of them, and I would be so grateful for any support you can give. 
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I’m a writer, reader and weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. I write speculative Fiction: weird futures populated with cheeky, complex babes and bros; diverse, heartfelt, funny and brutal.

I grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong. I attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2014. (Read all about that here, and here.)

You can find my short stories at Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, in Mad Scientist Journal, Slink Chunk PressAurealis and the Hear Me Roar and In Your Face anthologies.

My debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won Seizure’s Viva La Novella in 2015 and was published that year. It won the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award, The Norma K Hemming Award, and an Aurealis Award.

The sequel, Psynode was released in May of 2017.

In 2017 I won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent.

I like dreaming of the future, cats, and making an utter spectacle of myself.

All this writing and spectacle-making takes time. And money.

Right now I work part-time in a job I like, that doesn't drive me too crazy and almost covers my bills. I prioritized writing about a year and a half ago, and because my work status is 'casual' I get no leave or sick-pay. BUT I have enough time to write! Earlier this year I won the Victorian Premiers Award for YA fiction, and I used the prize money to pay off my debts. I'm so lucky - I'm at zero, a clean slate. (Full disclosure: I also bought a bed and put some funds towards a trip, my first time off in over two years.) I'm incredibly grateful to be in the position that I'm in.

Now: to the future!

I've got so many books in my head right now: the next two installments in the Mirii Mahoney series (sequels to Welcome to Orphancorp), a new YA-ish (or YA cross-over, or NA or dark YA) series, plus a stand-alone novel for adults. I'm not a hugely established writer, but I'm setting up this Patreon to supplement my income and ease some of the stress of finances. Writing, and building a writing career takes time and costs a bunch. I'll use these funds to invest in my career - paying costs like travel and admission (cons are a great way to connect with other writers and readers, but can be costly), for software, printing costs, promotions, website fees and similar essentials.

I believe in art and in creators.

People who make stuff with their own heads and hands and hearts are valuable and I want to support them. Art and words and songs move culture and people forward. I think creators have value. I'm one of them, and I would be so grateful for any support you can give. 

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Access to Patreon blog, my endless gratitude, pictures of my terrible morning fringes and elderly cat, as well as short snippets of works in progress and the knowledge that you're supporting me in creating fiction. 
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Access to Patreon blog, my endless gratitude, pictures of my terrible morning fringes and elderly cat, as well as short snippets of works in progress, occasional microfictions and the knowledge that you're supporting me in creating fiction. 
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Access to Patreon blog, my endless gratitude, pictures of my terrible morning fringes and elderly cat, as well as short snippets of works in progress, and occasional microfictions.  One postcard per quarter, and the knowledge that you're supporting me in creating fiction.
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Access to Patreon blog, my endless gratitude, pictures of my terrible morning fringes and elderly cat, as well as short snippets of works in progress, and occasional microfictions. One postcard per quarter, a zine now and then in the mail, and the knowledge that you're supporting me in creating fiction. 
Pledge $50 or more per month
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Access to Patreon blog, my endless gratitude, pictures of my terrible morning fringes and elderly cat, as well as short snippets of works in progress, and occasional microfictions. One postcard per quarter, a zine now and then in the mail, and the knowledge that you're supporting me in creating fiction.  Argh, I don't know what else! What do you want for fifty bucks? WITHIN REASON.