Holly Hallow is the lead singer of a band called Fake Geek Girl. You might have heard of them – at the very least, you’ve probably seen the vid of “Witches Roll Dice, Bitches,” which went viral last summer, and there are quotes from their classic song “Someone Is Wrong On the Internet” all over Tumblr and Mirrorweb.
If you go to Belladonna University, there’s no question that you’ve heard of the band. They play every Friday night down at Medea’s Cauldron, and whether you’re in the College of the Real or the College of the Unreal, you’ve seen my sister screaming out at you from one of the flyers posted around campus.
“Fake Geek Girl,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, Review of Australian Fiction Vol 14 – Issue 4
So this is exciting! I was invited to contribute a story to Review of Australian Fiction this year, and I took the opportunity to write a novelette that has been burning a hole in my brain for ages – a story about share houses, university life, magic, fandom and friendship. I’m really proud of “Fake Geek Girl,” and very attached to the characters – I plan to be writing more in this world, because I can’t possibly be done with Hebe, Holly, Sage, Juniper and the rest of them.
Even better, I was given the opportunity to choose the emerging writer whose story would be paired with mine in the issue! No pressure, right?
I asked Stephanie Lai, one of the contributors to Cranky Ladies of history. I was delighted that she agreed, and wrote a story that I am entirely in love with.