Our presenters are warming up for their sessions, ready to take you on a marathon run into the world of romance writing. Need a little inspiration? On Track D, Session 3, Saturday 9th August, Narelle Atkins joins Mary Hawkins in a tag team race to show you How to Write and Sell Inspirational Romance. Today, we ask Narelle a few questions under the Conference Spotlight.
In this session, writers will learn the essential elements in an inspirational/Christian romance, and how to sell an inspirational romance in the Australian and USA markets. The workshop will benefit unpublished writers, and those who are looking to write in the inspirational genre or are curious to learn more about inspirational romance.
Narelle Atkins writes contemporary inspirational romance and lives in Canberra, Australia. She sold her debut novel, set in Australia, to Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line in a six-book contract. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia, Omega Writers Inc., American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and a past co-president of the Faith, Hope & Love Inspirational Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Narelle’s debut book, FALLING FOR THE FARMER, is a February 2014 release in North America, followed by THE NURSE’S PERFECT MATCH in May 2014 and THE DOCTOR’S RETURN in August 2014.
- What prompted you to put together this workshop for Romance Rocks?
My mentor, Mary Hawkins, and I participated on a romance writing panel at the CALEB Conference in Brisbane last year. We talked about how we could put together a workshop that covered both the writing craft and business aspects of the inspirational romance genre. Mary has an upcoming book release in the Australian market and I have a six-book contract with Harlequin Love Inspired Heartsong Presents in the USA.
- What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
The best aspect of conference is the people. I love catching up with old friends and meeting new friends. A weekend of talking romance writing with people who understand your crazy writing life and know how to have fun. Everything else is a bonus.
- Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?
I’m really looking forward to attending James Scott Bell’s Friday workshop. Plot & Structure is one of my favourite writing craft books and my American author friends rave about his workshops.