We have another sneak peak into a workshop for our DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference on the Gold Coast (16-19 August, 2012) .
Fiona Lowe is a multi published author with eighteen Mills & Boon Medical Romance novels to her name as well as a single title novel with Carina Press, and plans for more to come. A previous R*BY, RT and ARRA finalist, no matter whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the Midwest of the USA, they all feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she’s not writing stories, she’s a weekend wife, mother of two ‘ginger’ teenage boys, the servant of a ginger cat who thinks she owns the house, guardian of 80 rose bushes and she’s often found collapsed on the couch.
At Diamonds Are Forever, Fiona is presenting a workshop aimed at all writers called PUTTING SIZZLE INTO EVERY SCENE.
From sweet romance to sex on a stick, it’s the emotion in romance novels that knocks readers’ socks off and has them wanting more. Using film clips, excerpts and her sexual health counselling experience, Fiona Lowe will show you how to ramp up your book so the emotion and tension is on every page and your love scenes sizzle.
Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
Author, wife, mother, reader, champagne-drinker, rose pruner, & iPod devotee.
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
I LOVE giving workshops and I’ve presented at the 06, 08 & 11 conferences, and at the ’10 Perth Romance Roadshow. I am feeling very excited about 2012 because I’m giving workshops at the Tassie Roadshow and the conference, although on totally different topics. The Melbourne Romance Writers’ Guild are always very kind and let me ‘road test’ a new workshop on them before I’m let loose on the general RWA populous!
What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Diamonds are Forever”?
Often writers get so focused on the body parts they forget that it’s the anticipation, the tension and the emotion that is the most powerful part of a romance novel.
What will participants take away from this session?
How to get emotional sizzle on the page. Oh and a bit of physical sizzle as well if that’s what they’re writing, but that said, this workshop works for all levels of sexuality.
Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
I do. I find following the theory with an example is a great way to teach and movie clips can really help an attendee get that, ‘Ah-ha!’ moment.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 21st RWA conference?
Talking books for four days— the craft of writing, the business of writing, brainstorming with other authors, teaching, learning, meeting new and old friends. Oh, I’m excited just writing about it!
Any advice for conference first-timers?
You’re not alone. Everyone was a conference newbie once and even as a veteran I have moments of feeling overwhelmed. The thing to remember is that everyone there shares the love of writing. One of my favourite things to do at conferences is to say hello to the people on either side of me in the food or bathroom queues. I have met the BEST people that way! So don’t be shy; smile and say hello….read nametag…Fiona, what do you write? Guaranteed; they’ll have an answer.
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
I have written my first series book for Mills & Boon Medical romance, Sydney Harbour Hospital: Tom’s Redemption and it’s out in April and then, just in time for conference, I have my Argentine book, “Letting Go With Dr Rodriguez” …(polo horses, a gorgeous tall, dark and handsome hero with a Spanish accent…what’s not to like, right?) and then later in the year a Christmas medical romance. I’m working on another single title bride book after the success of my Carina Press novel, Boomerang Bride.
For all information about me and my books go to http://www.fionalowe.com
Thank you, Fiona.
Please keep an eye out for more conference spotlights in the coming weeks.