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ARRLD: Saturday am

1 August 2020

Today is the day! Welcome to our Romantic Rendezvous (Locked Down). We hope that you enjoy what we have in store for you.

Please note that the video quality will vary from session to session. For many authors this was the first time they had used Zoom. We learnt a lot as we went along, so our technique got better, but we were also dealing with unreliable internet in some areas. The videos are raw and real, COVID hair and all.

Coming up this morning:

Feature interview: Nalini Singh

Multi-award winning author Nalini Singh has published more than 40 books, mainly paranormal romances, including the beloved Psy-Changeling series. Coming to us from New Zealand, Nalini answers questions submitted by some of her Australian readers on her books and her writing process.

Reading: Anna Campbell

Coming to us from the Sunshine Coast, historical romance author Anna Campbell talks a little about her writing, before she reads from her new novel The Highlander’s Defiant Captive. Anna’s first romance novel was published in 2007 and finalled in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards. She now has more than 35 published books.

Feature interview: Jennifer Crusie

All the way from New Jersey, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie talks of her career, before becoming an author and since, the books she’s written and her writing process. Jennifer has published 20 novels, some as a solo author and some as one half of a duo team. She’s particularly interested in the impact of gender on narrative strategies and the differences in the way men and women tell stories.

Fangirling: Amanda Bouchet with Bec McMaster

In this episode of ARRLD, Bec McMaster is joined by the USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy, Amanda Bouchet. Together they talk of fantasy romance and Amanda’s books, the first of which, A Promise of Fire, won several RWA contests, including the Orange Rose Contest and the paranormal category of the prestigious Golden Pen.

Feature interview: Lori Foster

Lori Foster, author of more than 120 books, and a New York Times bestseller, joins us from small-town Ohio to talk of her books, her writing, her charity work and the reasons she finds the romance genre so compelling.

Panel: historical romance with Cathleen RossMaddison MichaelsAmy Rose Bennett

Three romance authors—Cathleen Ross, Maddison Michaels and Amy Rose Bennett—gather together to discuss how they first discovered romance, their favourite books to read and their own writing. This episode of ARRLD is about all things historical.

House party: Maya Linnell, with guests Leonie KelsallKaneana MayCathryn Hein and Carla Caruso

After showing us her perfect scone recipe Maya Linnell, along with guest authors Leonie Kelsall, Cathryn Hein, Kaneana May and Carla Caruso, talk all about the books they’ve written and the books they’ve loved reading, before answering questions from the audience.

Boat tour: Helene Young

Coming to us from sunny—if somewhat cold—Tasmania, award-winning author Helene Young generously gives a tour of her catamaran, in which she’s currently living and cruising the coast of Australia with her husband. The views are incredible, as is the ocean. After the tour, Helene chats with a fan about her writing and her books.

Feature interview: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has published more than 20 books, mainly contemporary romances with a few historicals early on. She’s a recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 2001. Coming to us all the way from California, Susan talks about her writing journey and her latest novel, Dance Away With Me.

Fangirling: Bella Andre with Carla Caruso

In this episode of ARRLD, Carla Caruso fangirls over New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Bella Andre. Bella has sold more than eight billion copies of her books, and her novels have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 90 times. Together they talk about Bella’s writing career and her books.

Ask Me Anything: Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns is a bestselling Australian author of rural romance and women’s fiction and has been writing since she was 17 when she broke up with her first boyfriend. In this episode of ARRLD, Rachael answers questions that were submitted by ARRA members on her writing routine and her books.

Panel: urban family with Kylie ScottAmy AndrewsJennie Kew

Australian authors Kylie Scott, Amy Andrews and Jennie Kew come together in this episode of ARRLD to answer questions on the romance sub-genre ‘urban family’—what it is, what they love about it, and how it features in the books they write.

Readings: Helene Young, Jenn J McLeod, Tricia Stringer

Authors Helene Young, Jenn J McLeod and Tricia Stringer join forces to discuss the different stages of a romance novel by reading short sections of three different books—When Grace Went Away by Meredith Appleyard, Something in the Wine by Tricia Stringer and House of Wishes by Jenn J McLeod.

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You can find all the videos linked to the headings above, or on the ARRA YouTube channel. The authors will be dropping in, so be sure to leave comments. (Sessions will remain on our channel if you want to watch at a later date.) Don’t forget to collect code numbers from each session for our Treasure Hunt competition.


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