The eerie sound of didgeridoos fill the air, wild animals linger on the horizon, the screech of native birds sound overhead. A tall, impossibly handsome man is making his way towards you…

Hugh Jackman!

We’ve all had that dream, right? While the attendance of Hugh is unlikely, the guest line up for the Brisbane 2017 Love Gone Wild Conference is sure to set your heart pounding and have you swinging into action to attend.
Kate ForsythBestselling Australian author Kate Forsyth will be one of our special guests. Published in 17 countries, with nearly 40 novels to her name, Kate is consistently voted as one of Australia’s favourite 15 novelists and called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’. She has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide and is also an Ambassador of The Pyjama Foundation and Room to Read. With a Doctorate in Fairy Tale Studies, a BA in Literature, and an MA in Creative Writing, Kate brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the conference and her full day workshop on Friday is tailor-made for emerging and published authors and promises to be an enlightening and enriching experience.

 

Marion LennoxMarion Lennox, will be a highlight keynote speaker. She has written 111 romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her books have been published in 28 languages and sell in over 130 countries, including Japanese Manga. With a multitude of professional accolades to her name, Marion is a three times Ruby winner, has had 23 nominations for Australian Book of the Year, 12 nominations for RITA – winning twice, and has been awarded the US Romantic Times Career Achievement for ‘a body of work which makes us laugh and teaches us about love’. Her contribution to our conference will be significant and rewarding. With her wealth of knowledge, Marion’s journey through the publishing wilderness is not to be missed.

 

Carrie FeronCarrie Feron from Harper Collins Publishers is our VIP International Senior Editor. Carrie has loved the romance genre since she first began to read, spent her days as an English major at the University of Richmond reading love stories disguised as literature, and has always worked on women’s voices through her career. Since her first days at Pageant Books to the past 22 years at Avon, she has supported her authors and the genre and considers herself lucky to have a job she loves. Her current list includes Meg Cabot, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Sarah MacLean, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Recent recipient of the 2016 RWA (America) Vivian Stephens Industry Award Recipient, Carrie will have you flocking to see her.

 

Cassie HanjianIn a final bit of excitement, agent Cassie Hanjian from US literary agency Waxman Leavell, has approached RWAus specifically to attend our conference event. Waxman Leavell, with offices in both New York and Los Angeles, represent dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Christina Lauren, Jessica Sims, Manda Collins, and our very own, Vanessa Carnevale. Cassie believes wholeheartedly in developing strategies that favour long-term sustainability over pushing for the short sale. Her agency is hungry for Australian romance authors and is seeking fresh talent to take into the US market.

 

With a herd of industry talent, the cluster of knowledge and the promise of exciting professional development opportunities we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event. The Love Gone Wild conference will be held in Brisbane from 11-13 August 2017 at the Pullman King George Square Hotel, right in the heart of the city. Accommodation bookings are open and already filling fast.

Spread your wings, find your tribe, plant a few seeds, and get ready for a WILD ride.