Victorian writer, Fiona Lowe, has always told stories in her head, but it wasn’t until she was given a Mills and Boon medical romance for her thirtieth birthday that she decided to write a book of her own. Her experience as a midwife, community health nurse and sexual health counsellor provide ongoing inspiration, with Fiona doing most of her writing under the watchful gaze of her ginger feline friend, Pekoe. Her hobbies include tennis, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, coordinating a book group and enjoying live theatre in all its glory – from amateur to fringe through to professional.
Part 4: **Trigger warning: Domestic violence **
This month felt like the perfect time to revisit sage advice from a cross-section of authors who have already visited us at The Tasting Table. With the recent events surrounding plagiarism, there’s been some insightful blogs from authors such as Nora Roberts and Courtney Milan, who are both affected. There is a total of twenty nine authors identified as being plagiarised so far, including our own Anne Gracie. This causes unrest and worry for other authors, published or not, which is completely understandable.
We all love to be romanced over a beautiful dinner. Food brings people together, filling our hearts as well as our stomachs. Writing about romance with a foodie theme are three delicious authors whose books will delight you.
Welcome to 2019, and the first Kiss and Tell in our genre diversification series. I’ve loved bringing you interviews with our fabulous romance authors over the last twelve months. Like many of my fellow RWA members, I delight in reading both inside and outside of the romance genre, so I’m excited to shake things up in 2019 and speak with a wide variety of Australian writers.
With the celebrations and family gatherings and cooking and socialising of Christmas behind us, the idea of a small and intimate Tasting Table appealed. New Year’s Eve is almost here, the perfect time to look back, but also forward.
Globe-trotting author, Daniel de Lorne, takes languages and writing to the next level. Not only is he an author of six romance novels, he also knows Australian sign language, Italian, French and Spanish. A keen traveller, Daniel uses a laptop for most of his writing. He crafts his tales of ruin, romance and redemption in his favourite armchair in the living room of his Perth home, and writes outside under the verandah when the weather is nice. As well as writing gay romance, Daniel’s day job entails many hours at the computer, crafting yet more words on an entirely different …
Mistletoe, presents, sumptuous food, decorations, snow… or heat. Christmas memories are often wonderful, though sometimes sad or depressing. We want everyone to be happy on this day, yet some aren’t. Which makes for some amazing story ideas! I’ve just finished writing my first Christmas novella, and whilst I wrote, I wondered what prompted others authors to write in this very special sub-genre. So, I invited three fantastic festive writers to join me at the Table… and now hope you will come along as well as we sample Christmas cake, champagne, and some heart-warming stories. Please welcome Susanne Bellamy, Catherine Bilson …
West Australian author Fleur McDonald has a head full of stories and a heart that gravitates toward social issues. Fleur’s rural romance and women’s fiction novels have sold over 500,000 copies, and she takes her role as an advocate for women just as seriously as her writing. A Western Australian representative for Australian Women in Agriculture, a working member behind the scenes on the National Rural Women’s Coalition and a Rotarian, Fleur is also the founder and chair of a not-for-profit organisation called Breaking the Silence which helps families affected by domestic violence.
Welcome to a different Tasting Table, a lovely gathering of three successful authors to share experiences from their careers. Please join in welcoming Anne Gracie, Annie Seaton, and Anna Jacobs. The wealth of experience at the table makes for interesting insights and I invite you to choose your favourite drink and come sit with us for a while. Anne Gracie, Annie Seaton and Anna Jacobs