Saturday, 30 June 2012
Friday, 29 June 2012
- I'm a fifth generation farmer in East Gippsland, a very beautiful and rugged place. My family have lived here for 150 years and my surroundings give me a sense of place, of community, of belonging. They also make me want to write. I have lived and worked on the land and with farmers my entire life. All this makes me who I am. It also gives me the ideas and the reasons to write about rural life. I can't help but write rural fiction. I guess that's what happens when you feel so passionately about something you love.
- My books are primarily about living on the land and relationships. I always have the strong female heroine as my lead character and the sexy stockman/farmer/dog tracker/whatever-I-dream-up-next, as her love interest. Personally, I am a sucker for a hat, boots, Wranglers or Levi's and a tidy looking bloke wearing them so I don't see why I can't foist that onto my heroine. I also get to rub my hands with glee and say, 'Righto, what can I do next to make it all even harder!' and then have lots of fun watching both characters twist this way, then that, trying to avoid the obvious romantic/sexual tension between them. I'm a sadist, I know.
- Writing rural romantic saga novels means I can indulge in my greatest loves (beyond my husband, children, family and friends of course). Farming, the bush and mountains and writing. It's a great combination for me.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
These are my seven lines:
- Rachael Johns
- Pat McDermont
- Fiona Palmer
- Coleen Kwan
- Nessa Mills
- Cathryn Hein
Now girls, here's what you have to do:
§Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Saturday, 9 June 2012
So please, give her a warm welcome and feel free to find out more about her in the following places:
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
I've got some exciting interviews coming up.
This month, is my rural writers month.
This Sunday, Rachael Johns will be joining us and is going to share some details about herself and her current release, 'Jilted'!
The Friday after that, I've got Fiona Palmer joining us and she will also be sharing some details about her current release 'The Road Home' and her writing influences.
So don't forget to drop in and welcome my guest Authors.
Happy reading/writing everyone!
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Well my 30k challenge is over and guess what? I did it. 'What Happens In Ireland...' is ready for submission.
I learnt a great deal of skills from this challenge. I learnt to refine my work and I also learnt time management. All in all, it was a success.
So now for some good news. I pitched for the first time to Entangled publishing last week. I was expecting to be accepted (as this was just a practice pitch for the conference) but it turns out, my pitching skills worked some magic.
So at present my work is sitting in front of two editors! Fingers crossed we get some good new in the weeks/months to come.
So a little bit of encouragement for all you fantastic writers out there: If an opportunity arises, go for it. You might just get lucky :)
Moving on to the weeks to come, I've got some exciting stuff coming up for you on this blog. I'll be hosting an interview with Rachael John, a wonderful rural romance writer, and have some more interviews lined up with some fellow rural writers.
So keep an eye on this blog and if you have any request, send them in.
Happy writing/reading everyone! Here's me hoping you've had a successful week. :)
Aspiring Romance writer playing the waiting game. :)