Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Ebony McKenna

Welcome to a conference spotlight from the

Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Ebony McKenna who will be presenting the workshop NAVIGATING THE MARKERS ~ Turning Points in Story.



Ebony McKenna was a journalist on many leading Melbourne newspapers before embracing romance novels. She is the author of Young Adult/Teen books including the Ondine series. She is a fantastically imaginative author whose scope and story-telling encompasses the bizarre, the mysterious and the romantic.

For more information about her books, and how to find her on Facebook and Twitter go to: ebonymckenna.com.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

I embrace the crazy.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

The RWA Tasmania Roadshow last year and also at the Melbourne Romance Writers’ Guild.


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

You’ll develop practical ways to keep the tension tight and the story moving forward. Step by step, conflict by conflict, effort and obstruction and compromise. It will all be there on the page, which adds up to a satisfied reader. As a bonus, the major emotional turning points will help you craft that dreaded synopsis.


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

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind is front and centre. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, perfect. If not, and you’re pressed for time, read or watch the scene where Scarlett visits Rhett in jail. It’s a master class of turning points.

Any advice for conference first-timers?

Pace yourself. It’s a big conference and there is so much to take in. Take some time to read through the notes provided prior to conference. You’ll find a wealth of information in there.  Also, stay hydrated.


What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

The third Ondine novel (the trequel) is finally coming out! December 2013, Ondine: The Winter of Magic will be available worldwide.

You can find me (far too often) on twitter @EbonyMcKenna or on the webernets at ebonymckenna.com.


Finally, we are so delighted you’re visiting us in Western Australia. Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to seeing or doing while you’re here?

I’ll be on the lookout for the perfect curry pie.


Thank you, Ebony!

Our next conference spotlight will be featured on Monday 25th February.

Leave a comment


  1. Have done this workshop with Ebony and highly recommend it!

  2. Did this one at the Tas roadshow. It was fabulous and filled a lot of gaps for me. Yay for Ondine 3!

  3. Thanks Louise and Wendy. I’m pretty excited about sharing this one. And I never grow tired of Scarlett O’Hara. Frustrated and cross, yes, but never tired, hahaha.


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