Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.
Erin Grace’s love of collecting and reproducing antique lace lead to a deep connection with the past. She felt every snippet of the precious fabric held a unique story – one Erin longed to tell. But, as no two pieces of lace are the same, neither are Erin’s stories. Escaping from her ‘real world’ of sales and marketing, she immerses herself in unfolding tales of dire circumstance, brave heroines, unscrupulous villains and, of course, passionate hot-blooded men. When not writing, Erin indulges in her love of home-style food by teaching her children to cook. Erin lives with her husband and three sons in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia.
At Diamonds Are Forever, Erin is presenting a workshop aimed at ALL SINGLE TITLE writers called THE HIDDEN STRENGTH OF SECONDARY CHARACTERS.
They never get the girl and when the hero and heroine ride off into the sunset, they are the ones waving them goodbye… or, so you would think. Left unchecked, secondary characters can run riot over a main character, cause havoc with a plot and ultimately kill an otherwise fabulous novel. Yet, having a good selection of well developed secondary characters – who know their place – can not only enhance a novel, but give the main characters essential depth and dimension.
Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
Multi-published author of historical and paranormal romance.
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
As part of my ‘day job’, my role included developing and presenting training sessions in everything from sales, marketing, customer service and crisis management. I strive to keep the workshop content informative and interesting, whilst providing tools that attendees may find useful in their vocations.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
The workshop will be a combination of examples, exercises and audience participation. Printed notes are also provided for attendees to take away.
Which members will benefit most from this session?
Suggested for Single Title authors – beginner/intermediate, published/unpublished, however, everyone is welcome to attend.
What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
Personally, I love the buzz created by being surrounded by like-minded people. You can benefit so much from spontaneous brain-storming conversations, inspiring key-notes speeches and informative workshops.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 21st RWA conference?
I have to admit, I do look forward to meeting up with authors I rarely get to see in person. And, the best part is it’s like you saw them only yesterday. The RWA is such a supportive group, that it makes you feel welcome regardless at what stage your writing is.
Any advice for conference first-timers?
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
Love In Ruins is Erin’s latest release.
You can find her at: http://www.eringrace.info
Thank you, Erin.
Our next Conference Spotlight is with the YA panel on 23rd April.