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ARRC2015: concurrent session 3A

28 November 2014

arrc2015_banner_light_200x200Here 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 3A—Hard and fast

Fantasy vs reality—how realistic do you want your erotic romance?

Historical romance writers know a common criticism of their work is that they write historical lite, i.e. books that don’t always conform to the historical letter of the law. Can the same be said about erotic romance? Do erotic romance writers, particularly writing in the bdsm, or LGBTQ genres, write lifestyle lite? Does that matter? Do readers care? Do readers prefer not to read about some of the more realistic aspects of particular lifestyles?

What about the dreaded ‘real life’? How much fantasy do you want in your erotic romance? Are kids, paying the mortgage or the other mundane aspects of relationships between romantic partners out of bounds?

Join us as we pick the brains of some of Australia’s best known erotic romance writers as they let us know just how erotic the supermarket can be.

The panellists

CS3aJess Dee is the award-winning author of over 30 erotic romances. Most of her books are published with Samhain, and she is now venturing into the exciting world of self-publishing. While Jess lived most of her life in South Africa, the last twelve years have been spent in Sydney, which she now considers home.

Sami Lee was first published in 2007 and is the author of sixteen novels and novellas. She considers erotic romance her specialty, but also enjoys writing sweet, family-oriented stories. In 2013 her Escape Publishing release, A Man Like Mike, was a number 1 iBooks bestseller and her seventeenth book, Eternal Brand, is a hot MMF ménage romance due for release in March 2015. Sami lives in outer Brisbane with her husband and two stupendous daughters.

Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination, she spent most of her childhood making up stories. Published since 2010, and with over 30 novellas and novels available, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance of all flavours and heat levels. She believes in romance for all no matter your creature, alien race or sexuality.

Tracey O’Hara was first published in 2009 with Harper Collins. The first in her Dark Brethren series, Night’s Cold Kiss, was an award-winning urban fantasy. She went on to write two more novels in the same series. That same year she also published an erotic short with Harlequin Spice Briefs. She is currently working on more erotic romance and is part of a new series with Escape Publishing.



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