Hearts Talk November Wrap

Persistence Wins

Fiona Lowe, winner of both the Ruby and Rita awards for Boomerang Bride tells the incredible story of how her book came to be.  It’s a story of persistence in the face of rejection and triumph is all its glory.

Helene Young won a second Ruby for her romantic suspense, Shattered Sky.  Helen talks about how her Border Watch series came about and what it means to be a writer.

Barbara Hannay’s, Molly Cooper’s Dream Date started out as an experiment with form and ended up an award winner.  Barbara talks about what winning a Ruby means and what comes next.

Hello Ella – the newest competition on the circuit

After a long time in the wilderness the novella is back.  Bigger and hotter than ever.  And we have a new competition that will celebrate her.  Read about The Ella, our reader judged competition for novellas of 10,000-40,000 words.

The Write Craft

Michelle Diener, The Emperor’s Conspiracy,  talks about the tough choices in translation.

How Do I – Write a Novella

Eleni Konstantine, Imogen Nix, Beverly Elki, Jenny Swartz and Victoria Black talk the magic of writing novellas.

Riding the Waves

An early peak at 2013’s conference and a call for workshop submissions, as well as information on the Elizabeth Jolley Conference.

A Writer’s Life

Sarah Mayberry talks the advantage for a writer to staying open to ideas and new ways of working and thinking.

Dear Joan

In this edition Dear Joan talks about the tricky issue of naming characters and how to know when your manuscript is finished.

The Writer’s Journey

Sarah Hantz talks to Christina Phillips and Christina Ashcroft.  It’s all about hot archangels and brooding druids.

Contest Tips

Lisa Hoorweg had contest tips – don’t miss out on the details that matter.

And our regular features:

  • From Nikki’s desk
  • Market Watch – with information on new lines and submission requests
  • Member News with Bronwyn Stuart
  • In-person events with Doreen Sullivan
  • New Releases

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