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ARRC2015: concurrent session 7C

6 February 2015

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 7C—Small town seduction

When most of us work, live, and play in urban centres, and we would never dream of giving up the luxury of food-on-demand and massive shopping centres, why do we keep seeking out small towns and rural communities in our reading? What is it about a backwater that sets our hearts beating? Why does dust make us desirous? Why are small towns so seductive?

Things to expect in this panel: personal tales of small towns, detailed and admiring anatomic descriptions, discussions of fictional small towns vs real small towns, lamentations of percentages of hot men in fictional small towns vs real small towns, lamentations of percentages of hot men in fiction vs reality, the importance of community, laughter, and the use of the word ‘balls’ in context or out.

The panellists

CS7cBarbara Hannay was first published in 1999. Since then she has written over forty books for the Harlequin Romance (Mills &Boon) Sweet line. She has also published three single title novels with Penguin Romance. Her novels have earned her five RITA nominations and she won a RITA in 2007. She is also the recipient of two R*BY awards and has been nominated  for three ARRA awards. Barbara lives with her husband on a misty hillside on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.

Cheryl Adnams lives in Adelaide, South Australia. After discovering a love of writing in high school, she went on to complete courses in screenplay writing and a Diploma of Freelance Travel Writing and Photography. Cheryl writes rural and contemporary romance and has two novels published digitally with Random House Australia and the third in the Mullers of McLaren Vale series is currently in progress.

Margareta Osborn is the author of four bestselling rural romance novels and a novella with Random House, Australia. Bella’s Run, her debut novel, was a #1 Australian bestseller, Hope’s Road was named as one of Good Reading’s 100 Australian Favourite Home-grown Reads and Mountain Ash was listed in the top 5 of Australian bestsellers on it’s release. Her highly successful ebook novella, ‘A Bush Christmas’, also a #1 Australian bestseller, was an RWA Ella finalist in 2013. Margareta, a fifth-generation farmer, lives with her family on a beef property in the Gippsland high country, Victoria.

Victoria Dahl has been writing for ten years and has published twenty-six books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in the romance genre. Victoria lives with her family in Park City, Utah, a ski town high in the Rocky Mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas; during the winter she stays inside and thinks about those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow.

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