Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Isolde Martyn & Christine Stinson

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

Today we have Isolde Martyn nd Christine Stinson who will be presenting the workshop THE GOOD SHIP POV.



Having met a rather nice geologist at a UK bus stop, Isolde Martyn somehow ended up in Perth for nine years and then Sydney. Her debut novel The Lady and the Unicorn was the first book to win the R*BY and the first by an Aussie author to win a USA Rita award. Before taking up writing full time, she was a book editor with a major publisher. Isolde has given workshops at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, American and Germany. Her latest historical novel Mistress to the Crown will be published in February 2013.

Christine Stinson
A storyteller for as long as she can remember, Christine Stinson joined RWA and, through it, the Turramurra Critique group, to find out how to tell her stories properly. In 2009 she submitted her first single title novel to Pan Macmillan. Getting even with Fran, a humorous story about the power of friendship, was released in April 2010, re-released in paperback in February 2011. Her second novel, It takes a Village, was released in May 2011, and she is currently working on her third.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Modest, gorgeous, talented historical and contemporary authors—and funny, too.

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

Isolde has talked about Humour (RWAus) and given workshops on Writing Historicals (RWAustralia and RWAmerica) and “Going the last mile” (RWNZ). I’ve presented ‘How to Pitch’ (with Jaye Ford, RWAus), and together with the fabulous Turramurra critique group, we’ve presented “How to write a romance novel” at the NSW Writers’ Centre.

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

Many new writers find VIEWPOINT difficult. “Deep” point of view (POV) can be tricky, knowing when to switch viewpoints (if using hero and heroine’s perspective) can also be a real challenge.


Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

Yes, lots.


Which members will benefit most from this session?

First timers, definitely, as well as anyone looking for a fun refresher course on POV.



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

Isolde’s latest release is Mistress to the Crown, February 2013 – the life and love story of Elizabeth Shore, the famous mistress of King Edward IV and a fascinating woman who challenged the world she lived in.


My current work in progress is Nothing like Mozart, the fictional story of a world famous female conductor who returns home to face a different kind of music. Latest release is It takes a village.

You can find our more about Isolde and Christine at:



Finally, we’re 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?

Isolde lived in Perth for nine years and I have family there, so we both plan to do a lot of catching up with old friends. Isolde will be revisiting the “Little Creatures Brewery” while I head for the Margaret River Wineries. The wildflowers in “Kings Park” are on the must-see list, too, for both of us. Roll on August!


Thank you, Christine & Isolde!

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

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  1. Jenn J McLeod | Come home to the country...

     /  March 16, 2013

    Ahhh, ladies. Such fond memories of my first RWA conference when you and Jaye took me – a conference virgin – under your wing!!!!! Ahem… Wine anyone 😉 I am so sorry I will not ne on Perth to heckle… I mean applaude you. You will be GREAT. It doesn’t take a village to work that out!

  2. Sounds great. Still not sure if I’ll be in Perth but hope I get to see you.


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