Hearts Talk Wrap

Hearts Talk Wrap – June 2012

June’s edition of Hearts Talk is out now.

Here are some hot highlights to help beat the winter chill.

Being Melissa Marr

Mel Teshco talks to RITA winner, YA and urban fantasy writer, Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely, Graveminder).

Melissa came to full-time writing via bar tending and teaching college literature and has passion for all guises of art from surrealist painting to graffiti.  She talks about her Wicked Lovely series and co-authoring with Kelley Armstrong.

Meet our Ruby Finalists

The long and the short, the sweet and the sexy and all the elements in between.  Check out the sixteen finalists in our Romantic Book of the Year contest.

How do I…?

Way back at school we had ‘show and tell’, but in our writer’s lives it’s all show and no tell.  Sounds reasonable, but it can be tricky to pull off.  Michelle Douglas (The Man who saw her Beauty) shows us the ins and outs.

Conference Update

Registered yet?  You still have time and if you’re vacillating check out A Bloke’s Perspective with Dave Sinclair (Tales from the War Table).

Remember if you’re thinking of pitching you have until the end of June to register.


  • Bonus breakfast with      Eloisa James
  • Book signing update –      register now
  • Author’s Day program now      available

The Writing Journey

Ingrid Rickersey talks to Shona Husk, paranormal and fantasy author (Kiss of The Goblin Prince).  Read about how Shona juggles a full time job and motherhood with writing about Celtic warriors and vampire rock stars.

Grammar with Anna

Oh!  Something got Anna shouting this month.  See what gives between hone and home.

A Writer’s Life – Know It All

Sarah Mayberry talks about the value of asking the right questions.

Technique with Auntie Fi

Auntie Fi tackles the big issues.  What does it mean when my story got rejected because my characters only ‘bickered and bonked’?  And the old hoary chestnut – ‘I want to write but I don’t have the time’.

Group Grant Report

Ever wonder what happens with Group Grant money?  Read about how the Blenheim Group in NZ used their funding.

Contest Update

There is a report on the First Kiss contest and an interview with Emmie Dark, 2011 Emerald Award Category Winner (Cassie’s Grand Plan) on the value of contests.

And our regular features:

  • From Rachel’s desk
  • Market Watch with Sami Lee
  • Member News with Bronwyn Stuart
  • In-person events with Doreen Sullivan

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