Your April Hearts Talk Wrap

April’s edition of Hearts Talk is out now

Here’s some highlights.

Being Maggie Shayne

Mel Teshco talks to NY Times bestselling author and RITA winner, multi genre author, Maggie Shayne (Kiss me Kill me, Twilight Phantasies).

Maggie is a Wiccan High Priestess, a Reiki Healer, Tarot card reader and licensed minister amongst other achievements.  But you might be even more surprised to learn what she’d do if she wasn’t a writer.


The Write Craft

Michelle Diener (Keep of the King’s Secret) talks about writing a series, enlisting help along the way from Amy Atwell (Daughters of Cosmo Fortune) and Erica Hayes (Shadowfae).  Read what they have to say about world building, growing your characters, managing exposition and watching out for the hamster wheel.





Writing Baby

They make for cute book jackets, they tug at the heartstrings, they help heighten emotion and drama.  Maybe you should be writing baby.  Author and midwife, Fiona McArthur (Falling for the Sheik she Shouldn’t) has the low down on dealing with the bundle of joy.




Conference Update

Booking out early.  Get in quick

Conference registrations are open.  Book early to avoid disappointment. Several sessions are already booked out.

The Lynne Wilding Award

The Lynne Wilding Award celebrates our strong volunteer culture.  It’s time to nominate a member who has helped your experience of the Association.  Nominations close June 1.


Member Spotlight

Angela O’Brien-Malone

Suzanne Brandyn talks to Tasmanian Angela O’Brien-Malone about her journey from math and psychology to romance.

Fiona Kekic

Fiona Kekic had a big 2011 contest year, winning first and second place in Selling Synopsis, first place in First Kiss and had a short story in the Little Gems Garnet Anthology.  Fiona talks about her writing journey.

A Writer’s Life – Protecting your Writing Time

Sarah Mayberry talks about the stresses on authors to participate in the business of writing, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and asks where the effort should really be going.

Technique with Auntie Fi

In this edition, Auntie Fi answers questions about social media monitoring and the perils of pseudonyms.

*Stop Press:  Fiona Lowe is 2012 RITA Awards nominee for her single title contemporary novel Boomerang Bride.

Interview with a Publisher

Ali Watts of Penguin Australia talks trade vs specialist publishers and the fit for formula and originality in the market.

Contest Update

Congratulations to our three Little Gems and six First Kiss Finalists.

There is also an update on the Valerie Parv Award.  Opens April 23rd.

Grammar with Anna

Anna gets catchy and has some sticky ways for remembering different forms of words.

And all our regular features:

  • From Rachel’s desk
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • Member News with Bronwyn Stuart

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