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ARRC2015: concurrent session 4C

30 December 2014

arrc2015_banner_dark_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 4C—Romantic destinations

As romance readers we are forever looking for the next best book, a story that will take us on journeys to faraway places exotic places that we may never visit personally but will be able to in the books that we read. We want stories that are rich with the beauty of these places and that bring with them characters that we can fall in love with and that will stay with us long after we have finished the book.

In this session we will discuss with the authors how they choose the places they write about and are they places they have visited, or are they places that they too want to visit? We will also talk about why the authors think that the readers want to read about the exotic locations they write about, and what makes exotic locations so appealing to both readers and authors. And which exotic locations novels are our most beloved?

The authors on this panel have all written some wonderful stories set in exotic locations and we are looking forward to hearing more about the building of these stories.

The panellists

CS4cAlli Sinclair is the author of The Dance Card Series with Harlequin MIRA. Her debut novel, Luna Tango, was released in August 2014 and will be followed by Flamenco Fire (2015) and Turning Pointe (2016). Alli spent fifteen years working as a tour guide, has climbed some of the world’s highest mountains and has immersed herself in an array of exotic destinations, cultures, and languages. She’s lived in Argentina, Peru, and Canada and her stories combine her love for travel, history, family saga, mystery and romance. She now lives in Geelong, Victoria.

Annie West is the author of 25 contemporary romances (published primarily with Harlequin Mills & Boon) as well as a number of novellas and short stories. She’s been a regular finalist in ARRA awards and has won several other awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice. Her books are popular around the world, and she’s a USA Today bestselling author. She lives at Lake Macquarie on the NSW coast between the ocean and the lake, and within reach of the Hunter’s fabulous wine region.

Accidentally educated in the sciences, Kelly Hunter didn’t think to start writing romances until she was surrounded by the jungles of Malaysia for a year and didn’t have anything to read. Eventually she decided that writing romance suited her far better than throwing sterile screw-worm flies out of airplane windows, and changed careers. Kelly is a USA Today bestselling author and has won several fine and fabulous romance writing awards, including the ARRA’s Favourite Short Category Romance Award (three times!). Kelly loves writing to the short contemporary romance form.

TM Clark completed her primary school years at boarding school in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and her teenage years were spent in Kokstad, South Africa. Tina Marie has combined her passion for writing with her love of Africa. Her novel My Brother-But-One, first published in 2013 by Harlequin MIRA, was recently nominated for The Courier Mail 2014 People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award. Shooting Butterflies was published in December 2014. Tina Marie also runs the CYA Conference in Brisbane, providing professional development for new and established writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature.


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