View Post

Kickstart Your Novel Dream

In Creative Writing, RWA Academy by RWA Blog CoordinatorLeave a Comment

By Leeanne Vernon In some ways, I feel like a fraud teaching this course – I’m yet to have a romance novel published, despite trying. That’s not very encouraging if you’re thinking about joining my How to Kick Start your Novel sessions but let me put your mind at ease. I’m an awesome writing coach. Several people I’ve coached have gone on to publish their books. One young man wrote about his travelling adventures including ending up incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay detention centre. Tim left school in Year 10 and knew nothing about writing, but he was passionate about his …

View Post

The Secrets of Show Don’t Tell

In Creative Writing, RWA Academy by RWA Blog CoordinatorLeave a Comment

By Samantha Marshall Whether you’re an aspiring writer finding your feet, an emerging author with a couple of books under your belt or an established author with a career spanning years, chances are you’ve heard the phrase ‘Show, Don’t Tell.’ Perhaps you’ve submitted a manuscript for either assessment or editing, and received feedback highlighting elements of telling in your writing, with the request to show instead. Or maybe you attended a talk with an author you admire, and they encourage their audience to show instead of tell wherever possible. You may even have come across the advice in craft books, …

View Post

Three things I learned while writing… A Spy for Lady Clementine

In Creative Writing, Guest Articles by RWA Blog Coordinator1 Comment

Welcome to the RWAs first ‘Three Things I Learned’ blog for 2022. We hope you are all rested amd ready for another great year of romance fiction celebration! Romance author, mentor, and avid traveller, Susanne Bellamy is no stranger to many RWA members delighting readers with her many rural romance stories. Over the last year, Susanne decided to give another romantic sub-genre a go and is here today to tell us about her experience in writing the Regency novel ‘A Spy for Lady Clementine’, welcome Susanne!

View Post

Kiss and Tell | Kay Kerr

In Creative Writing, Guest Articles, Interview by RWA Blog CoordinatorLeave a Comment

Being a YA novel, this book was ripped out of my hands the moment it arrived in my postbox, with my tween daughter devouring Social Queue and proclaiming it ‘amazing’ before I’d even got a look in! The novel follows 18-year-old writer Zoe Kelly as she embarks on an internship with an online media company. Just like I did, readers will find themselves cheering for Zoe as she writes about her search for romance. Told from a first-person perspective, the story gives a sharp and sometimes confronting insight into autism. Told with plenty of heart and humour, Social Queue was …

View Post

Three things I learned while writing… Outback Secrets

In Creative Writing, Guest Articles by RWA Blog Coordinator5 Comments

Welcome to the RWAs ‘Three Things I Learned’ blog. Everyone who loves romantic fiction knows the one and only Rachael Johns! Rachael is award-winning and best-selling, ABIA-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Rachael writes about pretty normal people creating pretty amazing happy ever afters – who doesn’t love that! Rachael has joined us on the blog today to talk about three things she learned writing her novel ‘Outback Secrets’. Welcome Rachael!

View Post

Kiss and Tell | Nicky Pellegrino

In Creative Writing, Guest Articles, Interview by RWA Blog CoordinatorLeave a Comment

To Italy, With Love was one of my favourite romance novels for the year. There’s so much to make you smile, from the dazzling Italian setting and plethora of food to the charming characters and the subplot to rejuvenate a dying town. Readers will fall in love with hardworking and loyal, Sarah-Jane, who plans a trip around Italy to mend her broken heart. Unlike Sarah-Jane, local lady, Assunta, has her feet and her family firmly rooted in the small village of Montenello. At least she thinks so… I liked how these two sharply contrasting characters forged a firm friendship. Nicky’s …

View Post

Kiss and Tell | Susannah Hardy

In Creative Writing, Guest Articles, Interview by RWA Blog CoordinatorLeave a Comment

If you’re in the mood for a fun rom com, go find yourself a copy of Loving Lizzie March, the debut novel from Sydney writer Susannah Hardy. I know I’m not the only reader relishing the rising tide of Aussie rom-com novels. In this current climate, where many things are out of our control, there’s even more joy to be gained from quirky characters who tangle themselves up in messes of their own creation. Lizzie March reminded me of Bridget Jones, with her madcap adventures, hunt for the perfect match and infuriating yet lovable personality. Hardy does a great job …

View Post

Three things I learned while writing… The Alice Equation

In Creative Writing, Guest Articles by RWA Blog CoordinatorLeave a Comment

Welcome to the RWAs ‘Three Things I Learned’ blog. Davina Stone is an RWA winning author of contemporary romance fiction. Davina writes stories about flawed but lovable characters who get it horribly wrong before they finally get it right (they also kiss a fair bit on the way to happily ever after). Davina is here today tells us three things she learned from writing the first of her Laws of Love series ‘The Alice Equation’. Welcome Davina!

View Post

Three things I learned while writing… A Home Like Ours

In Creative Writing, Guest Articles by RWA Blog Coordinator1 Comment

Welcome to the RWAs ‘Three Things I Learned’ blog. Author Fiona Lowe is an Australian award winning and best selling author of contemporary fiction. Fiona’s many accolades include a RITA (Romance Writers of America) and a Ruby (our homegrown romantic book of the year award) Fiona’s stories touch on family and relationships and she’s here today to tells us three things she learned from writing her latest novel ‘A Home Like Ours’. Welcome Fiona!