Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Shannon Curtis & Paula Roe

Welcome to a conference spotlight from the Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Shannon Curtis and Paula Roe who will be presenting the workshop MASTER OR COMMANDER ~ Getting from Alpha Hole to Alpha Hero.

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Shannon Curtis has worked in diverse roles such as office admin manager, customer service rep, logistics supervisor, distribution coordinator, dangerous goods handler,  event planner, switch bitch and betting agent, and decided to try writing a story like those she loves to read when she found herself at home after the birth of her first child. Now she spends entirely too much time daydreaming about hunky heroes and malicious murders – for her books, of course! She loves reading, loves writing, and loves hearing from her readers, so visit her at www.shannoncurtis.com and say hi!


Paula Roe is an experienced workshop presenter, devising and delivering workshops for RWA, Australian Romance Readers Association, community college, the NSW Writers Centre and local writing groups for the past 13 years.  She is a founding member of TWC Press, long-standing RWA member and contest judge with over a dozen contest wins and placings (including RBY finalist and ARRA’s Favourite Short Category Romance) and a conference and workshop favourite.  When she’s not writing for Harlequin Desire or plotting her fantasy or erotic romances, she’s designing websites.  You can find her at www.paularoe.com

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Shannon: I write dark, sexy, humorous romsus…because I like to.

Paula: fickle Gemini, short attention span, retainer of obscure facts, writer.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Riding The Waves”?

Shannon: Paula and I were on a flight to a – well, what do you know, a RWA conference (!) – and we were discussing how it was interesting with some heroes how they could be alpha and just so damn sexy, or they could be alpha and quite the ‘A-hole’, and how it was such a fine line. Then we started to analyse what that line was, and presto, here is the workshop!

Paula: what Shannon fails to tell you is after she made a stack of notes, that notebook then mysteriously disappeared in the black hole that is her house.  This is a frequent occurrence 😉


What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)

Participants will be able to identify when their hero is straying from “alpha hero” into “alpha hole” territory, and how to correct it.  Even better – how to prevent it.  This is getting characters past the cookie-cutter stage, and making these fantastic heroes even more heroic, and taking those dark traits that could normally be viewed as a negative and turning them into a positive to create characters that readers care about, engage with, and want to keep reading about.


Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

We will be using examples from books, movies and TV shows – because sometimes it makes so much more sense when you see the Alpha Hero and the Alpha Hole in action. And we get to perve at some hunky material.  For educational purposes, you understand.


Which members will benefit most from this session?

Shannon: Any writer interested in making a great, strong hero who is confident, self-assured, master of who and what he surveys – without making him sound like a complete tosser. In essence, anyone who likes to write the alpha hero type. As opposed to a beta hero. That’s a whole other workshop! This workshop is designed for writers who want to craft characters that readers will not only love, but will want to talk about and dream over.  Maybe even squeal – but no guarantee on that one.

Paula: I have to add – this workshop doesn’t just talk about your contemporary billionaire alphas.  We aim to address alphas in all their natural settings!


What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?

Shannon:  It’s definitely the skill development. Learning something new – either about the craft or industry of writing – is always going to be beneficial.  And I love those “a-ha!” moments.

Paula: catching up with old friends and meeting new members!  Throughout my (many) years with RWA, I love seeing how we’ve grown into a large group of professional writers, seriously pursuing our love of writing and learning our craft.



Shannon Curtis - Guarding Jess

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Thank you, Shannon & Paula!

Our next conference spotlight will be featured on Monday 18th February.

Leave a comment


  1. Reblogged this on POLLY BLOG! and commented:
    yay! We’re live and ready to talk alphas!

  2. Love this ladies – as well as your title – Alpha hole – *snort*

  3. fitzroylou

     /  February 12, 2013

    Paula, you give good workshop. I’m looking forward to this one!

  4. thanks, guys! But I have to credit Karina Bliss with the term “alpha hole” 😀

  5. I think the best part is the perv factor. Er, I mean, the research. All I can say is – expect to see hunks.
    NB: Maybe not in the flesh. Our budget doesn’t go that far.


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