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ARRC2015: concurrent session 6C

27 January 2015

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 6C—Young love

Henry Ward Beecher (some guy) said; ‘Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering.’ Taylor Swift (more the expert) agrees; ‘in your life you’ll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team’. But Paul Anka debated it best: ‘I guess they’ll never know how a young heart really feels.’

In this session our panel of young adult authors will talk about the romances they read growing up, and how they found their way to writing romance for teen readers. We’ll discuss writing about true love and happily-ever-after when that doesn’t necessarily mean ‘forever’, while still respecting their young audience’s feelings and legitimate relationships.

Then we’ll explore a range of topics as dictated by classic love songs—Let’s Talk About Sex, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? and She Will be Loved—exploring sex (or the absence of) in YA literature, and how portrayals of sex and relationships in teen romances vary across different genres (should it be an extension of fantasy, for instance—as idealised as other aspects of a fairytale?). We’ll discuss what it’s like to have an adult fanbase emerge out of the books you’ve written for teenagers (or vice versa), and suggest that reading romance can be quite radical for teens—a safe space for them to explore sex, sexuality, romance and relationships away from the distortions offered by online pornography and hyper-sexual advertising.

The panellists

CS6cJennifer Kloester is the author of Georgette Heyer’s Regency World and Georgette Heyer, the authorised biography, which was nominated for an Agatha Award in 2013. Jennifer also writes fiction with her YA novels The Cinderella Moment and its companion, The Rapunzel Dilemma published by Penguin Australia in 2013 and 2014. Jennifer lives near Melbourne, Australia.

Kaz Delaney, along with her alter ego Kerri Lane, has sold over 70 books. Published with Allen & Unwin, she’s the author of the award winning YA novel Dead Actually, which proudly boasts both an ARRA and an Aurealis Award, as well as the follow-up novel, Almost Dead, which was released  in 2014. Kaz lives at beautiful Lake Macquarie and currently at work on her next YA romance novel.

Kelley Armstrong is the author of 27 novels: the ‘Otherworld’ urban fantasy series, ‘Darkest Powers’ and ‘Darkness Rising’ teen paranormal trilogies, the ‘Cainsville’ modern gothic series, ‘Age of Legends’ YA fantasy series and ‘Blackwell Pages’ middle-grade fantasy adventure trilogy (co-written with Melissa Marr). She lives in south-western Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

Maggie Gilbert is the author of YA and NA contemporary romance. She has two books out with Escape Publishing–a horsey rural YA, Riding on Air, and the edgy urban NA, This is Now–and is working on another YA title. She lives in rural NSW with her husband and dogs.



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