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ARRC2015: concurrent session 1A

17 October 2014

arrc2015_banner_light_200x200Last week we launched the full program for ARRC2015. This week we launch a new series of blog articles that will look at each session in detail. Hopefully this will help you to decide which sessions you would like to attend. And if you haven’t registered for the convention yet, maybe we can entice you!

You can find further information on the convention, including the full program, a list of authors attending, and registration information here.

Now to introduce our first session …

Concurrent session 1A–Red dust heroes

Rural romance is a subgenre that is becoming more and more popular. But why is that so? In this session, we’ll be discussing the nuts and bolts of why readers enjoy these stories so much. Is it because of the hot heroes who toil on the land (and develop wonderfully toned bodies)? Are readers attracted to the promise of a more simple life in the country? Is it the strong, independent heroines who can shear a sheep, knock up a batch of lamingtons and change a tyre? We’ll explore whether there is a formula that ties this subgenre together or whether it’s just the setting that defines this group.

Join Cathryn Hein, Rachael Johns, Alissa Callen and Lisa Ireland as they discuss just what makes this subgenre so deliciously addictive. There is sure to be in-depth discussion of what constitutes the ultimate red dust hero, as well creating the small country town settings readers love so much. Does there need to be a farm involved? Why are rural romances so darned hot?

If you love your Aussie heroes and your sun drenched landscapes, this is the session for you!

The panelists

CS1aAlissa Callen lives on a small slice of rural Australia in central western NSW. Alissa writes rural and small town fiction for Random House Australia and Tule Publishing. Alissa has published two full-length novels–Beneath Outback Skies and Down Outback Roads–as part of her Outback Dust series. She also writes Montana-set novellas for her Wildflower Ranch series. The fourth ebook in this series will be available in March 2015. Alissa was a four-time finalist in the 2013 Australian Romance Reader Awards.

Cathryn Hein began writing as a teenager and never seemed to stop, although it took a while to get serious. She’s the author of four Australian-set rural romances, all published by Penguin Australia, with a fifth, The Falls, releasing in May 2015. Her first romantic adventure, The French Prize, was published by Harlequin’s Mira imprint in September 2014, with another scheduled for later this year. She currently lives in NSW at the base of the Blue Mountains.

Lisa Ireland writes contemporary rural romances. Her debut novel, Breaking the Drought, was released in July 2014 and a second (as yet untitled!) novel will be published by Escape Publishing in the near future. She lives on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula with her husband, their three boys and two crazy dogs.

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She writes contemporary romance for Harlequin, Tule Publishing and Loveswept–everything from gorgeous farmers and hot cowboys to tortured ex-biker dudes. Rachael lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training, and at last total had eleven books published.


  1. 18 October 2014 9:37 pm

    How can I split myself up so I can attend them all???

  2. helensibbritt permalink
    17 October 2014 11:10 am

    It is going to be very hard to decide which pannels to go to 🙂

    Have Fun

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