Valerie Parv’s Outstanding Contribution to Writing Recognised

With twenty-nine million copies of her books in circulation worldwide and over seventy titles to her name, Valerie Parv is Valerie ParvAustralia’s Queen of Romance.

Her contribution to the writing community was officially recognised recently by the award of the Australian Society of Authors Medal.

The ASA Medal is awarded bi-annually and Valerie joins other acclaimed Australian authors, including Tim Winton and Anita Heiss, as a recipient.

“Anything awarded by your peers, that’s the greatest honour,” said Valerie in an interview with her local paper, The Young Witness, where she expressed her surprise and delight at receiving the award.

It is far from the first time that Valerie has been honoured for her writing career.  Valerie is the first Australian writer to receive a Pioneer Award from RT Book Reviews, New York, for her contributions to the field of romance writing.

VP 4Her practical guide to the genre, The Art of Romance Writing (Allen & Unwin 1993, 2004) was voted the most useful book on writing in a poll of members of Romance Writers of Australia.  The Valerie Parv Award (offered through RWA) continues her commitment to supporting the romance writing community through a mentoring program.  Nearly all past winners of the Valerie Parv Award have been published.

Last year marked a year of firsts for the prolific author who celebrated the 30th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, and released her latest title, Birthright as an e-book.

Valerie is currently finishing her Beacon trilogy, which includes Birthright, Earthbound and Homeworld.  She’s also writing an original romantic suspense screenplay.

Valerie is a long-standing and much-valued member and supporter of the Romance Writers of Australia and we congratulate her on this latest, well-deserved accolade.  Long may she continue to write!


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Hearts Talk Wrap for April

How to Rock a Writer’s Festival

Jennifer St George, The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love, asks if there’s a place for romance writers at writer’s festivals.

To Subplot or Not

Isolde Martin, Mistress of the Crown, talks the ins and outs of subplots and says think shelf-life.

Farming and Writing – it’s all about keeping the faith

Fleur MacDonald, Crimson Dawn, talks about managing the writing journey from flood to drought and all types of weather in between.

Romance Rocks Conference

Vital registration detail and program information for the 2014 conference.  Get your sticky hands on this now.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace, The Winter Bride, talks launching your book, answering the to promo or not to promo question.

Tips and Hints

 Everything you ever wanted to know about research and using Scrivener with Sasha Cottman and Alison Stuart.

The Writing Journey

Georgina Penney, Irrepressible You talks avoiding assumptions and yellow knickers for inspiration.

Ruby Report

The vital stats:  242 entries, 1210 books, 137 judges,  5 carloads of parcels.

News Bites

We have lots of interesting news on the publishing industry, RWA award winners, coming competitions and events

Plus, look at all the pretty, pretty covers

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

Hearts Talk: Membership Update & Conference Program Issue

Hearts Talk turns 250

250 Editions that is.  Take a look back at the journey from 1992 till today.

Run Your Own Conference

If you’ve ever thought about running your own conference have we got the volunteer positions for you.  The Clayton’s Conference needs a team.

Magic 100

Marion Lennox has just released her 100th novel, Waves of Temptation.  Wow.  I can’t write any more about that because it’s made me tired.

Restructuring RWA

An important update from Nikki Logan on the new membership structure.

The Write Craft

Michelle Diener talks about adding motifs to your work to enrich a storyline.

Romance Rocks Conference

Vital registration detail and program information for the 2014 conference.  Get your sticky hands on this now.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about the rituals, routines and stories we tell ourselves about how we write.

 Tips and Hints

 Everything you ever wanted to know about formatting using Scrivener.

The Writing Journey

JM Bray in the hot seat.  He’s American and it’s a lot about happenstance.

News Bites

We have lots of interesting news on the publishing industry, RWA award winners, coming competitions and events

Plus, look at all the pretty, pretty covers

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

 

Hearts Talk Wrap

Check out our all new look

Well don’t we look spiffy with our new logo and masthead.  Of course we sound spiffy too.   Look out for this month’s issue.

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Maisey Yates Does Freo

Now there’s a headline Maisey Yates probably wasn’t expecting.  Maisey talks screwed up heroes, shirtless cowboys and Ryan Gosling.  Yeah, you don’t need any more prompting to read the story.  But just in case you didn’t read that line - Ryan Gosling – she gives some good advice as well.

The Write Craft

Kandy Shepherd (Reinventing Rose), puts backstory on the front foot.

She talks to Jaye Ford (Blood Secret), Isolde Martin (Mistress to the Crown), Sharon Archer (Single Father, Wife and Mother Wanted), Fiona Lowe (Picture Perfect Wedding), CC Coburn (The Cowboy, The Cheat, his Ex-Wife and her Vibrator), Annie West (An Enticing Debt to Pay), Anna Campbell (A Rake’s Midnight Kiss) and Cathleen Ross (Her Demon Prince) about the role and place of backstory and how to wrangle it into shape.

Beware.  There is a little letting go and a lot of manipulation.

What Makes Writer’s Write

According to Mel Tescho (Galactic Flame) what makes writers write is madness, drugs and, oh sorry, that was this week’s Breaking Bad.  Mel says it’s got something to do with stubbornness and going wild. 

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about the evils of feather boas, demented expressions, orange skin-tone, lopsided hats and ah-hum, unfortunate wardrobe failures.  Yes, it’s trial by dreaded author photo.

The Writer’s Journey

Rhyll Biest talks to some twit called Ainslie Paton (Detained), who has absolutely nothing interesting to say, and forgot she was going to be in this issue.  D’oh.  Move along, nothing to see here.

 News Bites

We have oodles of interesting news on the publishing industry, RWA award winners, coming competitions and events and snippets from Riding the Waves and The Clayton’s Conference.

Plus lots of lovely new releases – look at all the pretty, pretty covers

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Read on!

Hearts Talk Wrap

Pre conference issue:  Tips Galore

Lynne Wilding Award

Generosity comes from big hearts, quick minds and clever hands.  Celebrate the Lynne Wilding Award nominees and read the special feature on Lynne by her daughter, crime writer, Karen Davis.

Position, Position, Position

There are a number of volunteer positions open for members.  A great way to get involved with your organisation.

The Write Craft

Rachel Bailey talks to Annie West, Imprisoned by a Vow, about Happy Ever After endings.  Annie says endings are all about the shine and you have to polish till they sparkle.

How Do I

Serena Tatti tells passive voice like it actively is.  Or is the other way around?  Let Serena guide you actively through the oft confusing passive landscape of active and passive voice.  Or something like that.

Conference Update

See our Freemantle and Claytons’ conference updates.  All the news with the grooves.

 A Writer’s Life

 Annie Grace had a dream and the dream became a draft and the draft was made beautiful by craft.  Let Annie inspire your dreams and drafts.

Feature story

Kate Wigseller writes about storyteller extraordinaire Jacqueline Susann.  There be doughnuts.

The Writing Journey

Sarah Hantz talks to Young Adult and Middle Grade author Amanda Ashby, Demonosity, about the path to success.

 And lots of lovely new releases – look at all the pretty covers

Plus our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

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Hearts Talk Wrap

July issue is coming at you.  Look out for it now.

Shine Bright like a Ruby

Don’t miss this special feature on our Ruby and Ella finalists.

The Ripping Start

There is a new contest in town and it’s a ripper.  Read about The Ripping Start and get yours ready.

The Write Craft

Lilian Darcy talks about foreshadowing and it’s not the least bit spooky, if you don’t think about the movie Jaws.

How Do I

Kate Belle talks about the tyranny of the review – the good, the bad and the I’m not sure but it made me cry anyway.  She mentions the importance of chocolate.  But seriously get the lowdown on how to cope with reviews.

The Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about the business of being a writer.  She asks:  “Are we are all standing in one big room madly spruiking our books, with everybody shouting and nobody listening?”

 Conference Extra

 Meet Margaret Marbury

 Margaret Marbury is Vice President of Harlequin Single Title and she’ll be in Perth for the conference.  Check out what she’s looking for.

 Pitching for Success

Victoria Purman, Diane Hester, Alison Butler, Jennifer Scoullar, TM Clark and Elise K Ackers dish the dirt on the pitch process.  Not to be missed if you’re pitching in Perth.

And lots of lovely new releases – look at all the pretty covers

And our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events
  • New Releases

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

 

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Hearts Talk Wrap

Extra Extra – Read all about it…

June’s edition of Hearts Talk is an important one as RWA reviews the definition of published.

Make sure you read the issue to catch up on the thinking that will influence how the organisation is shaped to respond to changes in the industry, and to serve member needs.

There’s also a great craft article from Rachel Bailey on visceral reactions.  Carla Caruso and Sandra Grady talk research.   Annie Grace talks domino books and why you don’t want to write one.  And there is an introduction to editors and agents taking part in Riding the Waves, with a guest interview with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

Look out for your copy of the issue and get reading.

Hearts Talk May Wrap

All the news you may read about in May

Nina Bruhns needs a Jeep

Michelle Deiner talks to Nina Bruhns, award-winning, best-selling author and Editorial Director at Entangled Publishing.

Nina is attending the conference in Perth.  Read about her unusual background and what she’s looking for as an editor.

The Plosive P – Plagiarism and how it can hurt you

Nikki Logan walks us through the myths, realities, rules and fair play of writing unique content.

How Do I

Isolde Martin, Mistress to the Crown, talks about Fact, Fiction and Fudging in her article on writing historical novels. 

Meet out Editors and Agents – Part 1

A must if you’re Riding the Waves and attending the conference.  Part 1 of our editors and agents list.

 A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks chocolate balls and chains and why you might need to limit – yes – limit – your time at the keyboard to become a more inspired writer.

Dear Joan

Dear Joan addresses the hot topic of the moment in her column on the pros and cons of self publishing verses traditional publishing.

The Writing Journey

Kate Wigseller says reading an interview on Valerie Parv started her on her writer’s journey.  See where it’s taking her.

And lots of lovely new releases

And our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events
  • New Releases

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

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Hearts Talk April Wrap

Taking a Flyer with Abby Zidle

Michelle Deiner talks to Abby Zidle, senior editor at Gallery and Pocket books.  Abby’s days are as ‘varied as snowflakes and as magical’.  See what’s she’s been busy acquiring and what she might be interested in at the conference.

Make-over Magic for RWA Logo

A tuck, a trim, some new colour and baby, look at me now!  A sneaky preview of the RWA logo.

Beta Heroes Have Backbone

Claire Baxter, Anyone But Him, gives us the Latin low down on the heroes we love to love.  Read about the alpha, beta and omega man and every lover boy in between.

How Do I

Jenn J MacLead, A House for all Seasons, talks about her journey to published author and developing her author brand.

Doco Makes Seeks Published Author

But not for candlelit dinners and walks on the beach – try Knights in White Satin.  This you have to read.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace talks about what comes after the bang and what to do when the sizzle fizzles and the middle sags.

Dear Joan

Dear Joan deals in sparkle and procrastination and has remedies for fixing both.

The Writing Journey

Helen Katsinis, (writing as Eleni Konstantine) Sealed with a Kiss, talks about volunteering and what it taught her about writing and the industry.

And lots of lovely new releases

And our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch
  • Member News
  • In-person events
  • New Releases

For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

Enjoy!!

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March Hearts Talk Wrap

Two Author Names – One Clever Brain

Rhyll Biest talks smart erotica and red hot romance to Cara McKenna who also writes as Meg Maquire. Cara is a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 Golden Leaf finalist, and a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee.2010 Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 Golden Leaf finalist, and a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee.

The Write Craft – with MJ Scott

‘It’s creepy and it’s spooky, mysterious and kooky’ – ah you know what I mean. It’s all in the atmosphere. MJ Scott, Iron Kin tells you how to build one.

Contest Diva to Published Author

Erica Hayes, Dragonfly  has a four point plan to help you make the big shift.

Riding the Waves Update

All about Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

Characterisation

Louise Cusack, Destiny of the Light, talks about building characters readers care about.

A Writer’s Life

Annie Grace rattles the bones of the story as she continues the new series about the stages of writing a novel.

Dear Joan

Dear Joan digs into the hard stuff – providing constructive criticism and how to know when your story is in the doldrums.

The Writing Journey

Bernadette Rowley, The Princess Avenger, talks about her journey and where ideas come from.

And lots of lovely new releases
And our regular features:
• From Nikki’s desk
• Market Watch
• Member News
• In-person events
• New Releases
For full articles and regular columns, go to our website.

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