ARRC2015: concurrent session 2C
Here is the next in our series about the panel sessions at ARRC2015. You can find further details on the convention, including the full program and registration links here.
This week we are talking about…
Concurrent session 2C—Love, categorically
Many readers have their mother’s Mills and Boons to thank for discovering the romance genre. From masterful sheikhs and cynical tycoons, to arrogant doctors and sexy neighbours—these stories have entertained women for generations.
In this session, we’ll explore the enduring appeal of books with a ‘line promise’. Why do so many readers have these books stashed under their beds? Does size really matter? How much of these stories are fantasy and how much tap into our real lives? And are the answers different for women in different parts of the world? We’ll also talk about future directions for this subgenre—what changes are happening in category romance?
Join Mills & Boon authors Kandy Shepherd, Melanie Milburne, Michelle Douglas and Paula Roe as we talk about why familiar character types and plots work time and time again, and the place of category romance in women’s lives.
Because as many us would agree, when you need a quickie, nothing goes down better than category romance.
Kandy Shepherd swapped a career as a magazine editor to write romance. Her debut novel Love is a Four-Legged Word was named the Australian Romance Readers Association’s Favourite Contemporary Romance for 2009, with Home Is Where the Bark Is winning in 2010. Since then she has published six more novels, including three for Harlequin Romance, with a fourth due out in June 2015. Kandy currently lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains. Kandy believes in love at first sight and real-life romance—they worked for her!
Melanie Milburne has been published by Harlequin Mills & Boon Presents and Medicals since 2003. She has written 64 titles and been short listed for several awards and has won both the RBY and ARRA awards. Melanie lives in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and three miniature black poodles.
Michelle Douglas was first published in December 2007. She writes Sweet Romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon and to date she’s had 17 romances published. She’s also enrolled in a PhD with a focus on romantic fiction. Michelle lives in Newcastle NSW, not too far from the beach.
Rachel Bailey writes for Harlequin Desire, new adult rom-coms for Entangled Embrace and adult rom-com for Momentum. Her first book was published in 2010, and since then her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, were published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Queensland with three dogs and her hero, and is always trying to scam more time to sit on the verandah and read.
Updated 13/2 to replace Paula Roe with Rachel Bailey.