I grew up with ghosts outside my door. They haunted dark trees and cemeteries and were the spirits of young girls betrayed by lovers. These stories were made real by my cousins who were always telling me how just last year a child around my age had been snatched by one of these ghosts - Pontianaks. And never seen again... Then there were the rumours of babies abandoned in the rainforest because they were girls. Whenever I met Chinese girls raised by Malay families, I wondered how much truth was in these stories.

In Singapore it is considered a treat to bring children to Haw Par Villa, originally a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values. Here children are shown the ten views of Hell. I had nightmares for a week after each visit. Even today, I can visualize the demons as they tortured liars by pulling their tongues, elongating them grotesquely.

This is probably why I never wanted to be a writer. Initially.

Writers bend the truth. A little.

Then I came to Australia for my education, met my husband, married and stayed.

When my first son was born I read him stories. And somehow something stirred. I remembered my grandfather and how he would tell fairy tale after fairy tale, at least ten per night until in frustration he would record them to be spared reading the same stories repeatedly.

Thus, in a strange land far away from my own family and what was familiar, I began to write. And in my stories, I could come home.

To a land where boys turn into crickets and mousedeer dance laughing upon the backs of crocodiles.

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Bare Bear Media is proud to announce the launch of THE GHOST ENGINE, a debut steampunk YA by Theresa Fuller in March 2018.

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  The Ghost Engine


               Woman

         Programmer-Lady

                    vs

                Machine

        Doppleganger-Ghost

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The Ghost Engine is available at Angus and Robertson, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Booktopia, Kobo, and The Book Depository.

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Praise for The Ghost Engine

"The  Ghost  Engine is a non‐stop thrill ride fueled by adventure and suspense. Readers will find themselves captured by a magical world where the concepts of humanity and AI become blurred and reality loses its meaning. This one will have you turning the pages faster and faster to keep up." ‐ JG Faherty, author of The Cure, Ghosts of Coronado Bay, and The Burning Time.

"Theresa Fuller primes The  Ghost  Engine with vivid description to transport readers on a steam punk journey into a dangerous world with her defiant heroine in this audacious challenge to Victorian oppression laced with historical insight." ‐ Gregory Lamberson, author of Johnny Gruesome and Black Creek

"The  Ghost  Engine is a sharp and intriguing re-imagining of the Ada Lovelace/Charles Babbage Analytical Engine. The writer takes us on a fantastical journey into the heart of the Engine, and the societal struggles of women at that time." ‐ Amanda J Spedding, two-time Australian Shadows Award winner(short fiction;graphic novel).

 " The  Ghost  Engine is one of the most imaginative Steampunk romances that I have had the pleasure of reading this year. The world building is superb. The descriptions of the city inside the Engine are so well written that you feel as though you are experiencing every single terror laden moment that Berd and Charles experience right along with them. You can feel every desperate moment, and you wonder right along with them, if they are going to get out. As you read, it feels like you are in the Engine too! It puts me in the mind of a Steampunk version of the movie Tron - speaking of which, this book would make a very good movie! I highly recommend it for anyone who loves the Steampunk, sweet romance and fantasy. You simply do not want to miss this one, folks!"

  Regina   - Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More, May 2018

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Interviews

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  Epic Fantasy coming in 2019

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THE WOMAN COUNTRY - Book 1 of THE DREAM SEER CHRONICLES

When Anya's father morphs into a python in order to devour her, rescue comes in the form of a 1 000- year old dragon.

In the land where women are chattel, and purity is all, Anya is a half-breed - the girl never meant to have been born.

Then ten suns arise to smite the earth, and the world turns to this unlikely saviour.

Enter the land of the prophet, the domain of the seer, the real world...