Novelist, short-story writer, critic, and podcaster.
Roberts has been active in the Australian speculative-fiction scene, in writing groups, and as a regular contibutor to journals, webzines, and ezines. As a founding member and occasional editor of the journal Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, she has contributed fiction, conducted interviews of actors and authors, and reviewed books.
A founding member of the wRiters On the Rise (ROR) group, Roberts and collaborators Trent Jamieson, Maxine McArthur, Margo Lanagan, Dirk Flinthart, Rowena Cory Daniells, and Marianne de Pierres originally met to give critical assessment of manuscripts. They then moved on to create the fictional world of Shimmaron, with each author contributing a novel that explains and explores this new world and its peoples. This concept is called 'shared world' in science-fiction circles. Roberts provided the first book in the series, Seacastle, in 2007.
Roberts, Flinthart, and Gillian Polack have also been involved in the 'shared world' of New Ceres, a webzine created by Alisa Krasnostein, which covers the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror on the earth-colonised planet New Ceres. New Ceres is an eighteenth-century-style culture, complete with a technology black market, a sinister priesthood, and refugees from the recently invaded Earth struggling to come to terms with this new lifestyle.
Her fiction includes a series of works set in her fantasy kingdom of Mocklore, as well as other ongoing series (including Musketeer Space, Castle Charming, Creature Court, and Belladonna University), as well as standalone works, especially in short fiction. She has also published a series of interconnected short stories influenced by her PhD inClassics, Love and Romanpunk. One work from the collection, 'The Patrician', won the international Washington Science Fiction Small Press Award, as well as being shortlisted for an Aurealis Award. Her short diction and novels have been shortlisted for and won DitMar Awards, Aurealis Awards, Norm K. Hemming Awards, and–for her debut novel, Splashdance silver, the George Turner Prize.
In addition to her fiction, Roberts is a frequent critic of popular culture in a variety of media, including essays and podcasts: her series of essays on [Terry] Pratchett's Women were released as an ebook by FableCroft in 2014 (after first appearing on her blog), and she has been regularly shortlisted for the Ditmar Awards' William Atheling Jr Award for criticism, including two simultaneous nominations in 2016 for 'SF Women of the 20th Century' and 'Sarah Kingdom Dies at the End' (on Doctor Who). In late 2016, her essay 'One Girl in the Justice League' appeared in the Book Smugglers' second quarterly almanac.
'Charming is a kingdom where fairy tales come true, which has been bad news for its troubled royal family, but good news for the gutter press that thrives on the scandals and gossip provided by their teenage Princes Gone Wild. Kai is a rookie reporter at the Charming Herald. Dennis is a new Royal Hound, charged with protecting the self-destructive princes from disaster.
'Disaster arrives in a pumpkin coach… The story of the century will be wearing glass slippers… and Castle Charming will never be the same again.'
'Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe's love of geek culture though she doesn't really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly's about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel...'
Source: Publisher's blurb (from Sheep Can Fly podcast re-publication).