Riding the Waves Conference Spotlight ~ Anne Gracie

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Riding the Waves conference!

Today we have Anne Gracie who will be presenting the workshop ROCK POOLS ~ The Power of Detail



anneMugshotSmallAnne Gracie spent her childhood on the move when her father’s job took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.  Anne started her first novel backpacking solo around the world. She’s now on her 16th published book.

Anne is published by Berkley Books, USA and Penguin, Australia. She’s a former teacher, a former president of RWA, a three time RITA finalist, has twice won the Romantic Book of the Year (Australia) and the National Reader’s Choice Award (USA) and has been listed in Library Journal (USA) best books of the year.


Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Dog lover, romance writer, prolific reader & a creative procrastinator.

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

Yes, I’ve presented at many RWA conferences, as well as a number of short courses for the state Writers Centres in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. I’m a former teacher and I really enjoy presenting workshops. I also like attending workshops. Even when I think I know the topic well, sitting there, applying the workshop to the book I’m currently writing always gives me fresh insights and writing energy.

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

When I first joined RWA we used to have a lot of craft-of-writing discussion and workshops, and I wanted to get back to that. The aim in the workshop is to get people to enrich their own stories, but understanding and using the power of detail. It’s suited (I hope) to all levels.



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


I love it all — catching up with old friends, making new ones. I enjoy workshops,  I love the Friday night cocktail party, and the awards night is wonderful with so much positive energy in the air.


Any advice for conference first-timers?

It can be daunting, rocking up to a large conference and not knowing anyone there, but truly, we’re known for very friendly conferences. We usually organize some introductory events for first-timers, but even without them, it’s very easy to fit in — all you have to do is ask the person next to you what they’re writing at the moment, or what kind of books they love to read. Once you realize everyone there is a passionate writer and reader,  you’re never short of something to talk about.

And if I can be cheeky and speak on behalf of the published authors at the conference, every single one of us can remember when we were aspiring authors,  and newbies at the conference, so there’s no need to be shy just because someone is published.

AutumnBride64kWhat is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

My most recent book is The Autumn Bride and people can visit my website at www.annegracie.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’m really thrilled to be coming to WA, too. I’d love to get down south to see the jarrah and karri forests. They’ve always been a source of fascination to me. There are other parts of the west I’d love to explore, too, but it’s such a huge state, I can only visit it in chunks.


Thank you, Anne!

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