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ARRC2017: concurrent session 5B

5 January 2017

arrc2017-light_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 5B—The rise of rural romance

Our convention in 2011 included a panel on rural romance, asking ‘Is rural lit the next big thing?’ As we know now the answer to that question was ‘Yes!’ Rural romance is still on the rise—are readers still loving them? Has rural romance expanded to include more than just the outback? Do rural romances have their own specific tropes? Are there things readers would like to see in a rural romance that they haven’t yet? Who do you (authors and readers) credit with getting you hooked on RuRo?

The panellists

5b-photosCharlotte Nash is the author of four Australian rural romances. This includes Ryders Ridge, the bestselling beginning of the Walker-Bell trilogy, and iBooks best book The Horseman, set in the Victorian high country. Charlotte lives in Brisbane, Queensland.

Nicole Hurley-Moore has written three rural romances as well as several medieval fantasies. Country Roads is her latest book and is the first in the White Gum Creek series. Nicole lives in Castlemaine, a semi-rural town in Victoria and is a fan of happily ever afters.

Pamela Cook is the author of four rural fiction (with romantic elements) novels, all published by Hachette. Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012, followed by Essie’s Way (2013), Close to Home (2015) and The Crossroads, out in December 2016. Pamela lives just south of Sydney in the beautiful Illawarra region.

Sarah Barrie is the author of four rural romances, including the recently released Shadows of Hunters Ridge. She divides her time between writing, being a mum and her position as editor of an Australian equestrian magazine. Sarah lives with her husband and children in a rural area on the Central Coast of NSW.

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