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ARRC2017: concurrent session 2B

13 December 2016

arrc2017-dark_200Here is the next in our series about the panel sessions at ARRC2017. You can find further details on the convention, including the full program and registration links here.

This week we are talking about…

Session 2B—Shining a light

Romance novels often expose readers to social issues that they might not be aware of. A romance can be the perfect way to focus on difficult issues (such as infidelity, PTSD, grief, domestic violence, illness, infertility); although the issues might be tough you still know the book will end on an uplifting note. Romances can also take you away from your troubles, giving you a much needed time-out from problems in your life.

The panellists

2b-photosCourtney Milan is a historical romance writer and a three-time RITA finalist as well as a two-time nominee for the ARRA Favourite Historical Romance award. She has currently broken away from her historical romance roots and started a new adult series; Trade Me and Hold Me are the first two books in the Cyclone series. Courtney Milan lives near the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally trained dog and an attack cat.

Emily Madden is a debut author. Her first book, Summers with Juliette, is a contemporary women’s fiction story that was very well received by readers. Emily is now at work on her second book. She lives in Sydney, with her two girls and husband.

Fiona Lowe is the author of 23 medical romances, six single title romances and her first mainstream novel, Daughter of Mine, is out in March 2017. A Rita and RuBY winner, Fiona lives in south-western Victorian and can see the sea from her office.

Rachael Johns is the author of twenty books, including rural romances and women’s fiction. She has been nominated for the Australian Romance Readers Award a number of times, winning Favourite Contemporary Romance twice and Favourite Short/Category Romance once. Her book The Patterson Girls won the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction in 2016. Rachael lives in the Perth hills.

Have you bought your ticket for ARRC2017 yet? You can find all the relevant information here.

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One Comment
  1. 13 December 2016 8:56 pm

    It’s such a great line up. Don’t we have a strong pool of amazing talent in our lucky country.

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