Little Gems 2012: Jenn J McLeod

The name of your short story in the 2012 Diamond Edition is:

About Midnight

What challenges you most in writing a short romance story?

Character arcs! In our novels we want readers to relate to and care about our characters. I want the same in my short stories. I want conflict and back-story and angst.  I also love dialogue (no laughing those who know me!) and smiley bits of banter. Dialogue quickly sucks away words. That is my challenge.

Do you have any tip/s for writing a short story.

I start with a title – always.

The other thing I discovered by comparing my many unsuccessful shorts with successful ones is that the ones that have made the anthology all started with dialogue that (hopefully) had the reader keen to know more. (three examples below). I tend to start my chapters the same way. Nothing says ‘action’ like dialogue.

‘Ben? What are you doing here?’ (About Midnight – Diamond)

‘This is Katie O’Neil, for Prime News, reporting to you from flood-ravaged…aaarrrggghhh!’ (Swept Away – Garnet)

‘Penelope wait. Please don’t slam the door in my face.’ (A Penny For Your Thoughts – Topaz)

Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?

A big, black burst of energy barrelled past Claudia, almost tripping her as it struggled to find purchase on the timber boards and coming to an unceremonious stop in the neat-as-a-pin living room. The dog sat up, shook, panted, a suspended string of slobber slowly stretching towards the floor.

What was your inspiration for the story?

A dog. Dogs inspire me. In fact they rule my life. They make me a better person, are great listeners, and help me stay fit. They even provide me with an income! I believe everyone should rescue a pound dog at least once in their lifetime. Just imagine!

What are you working on now? and/or what are your writing goals for the future?

I’m mid-way through that crazy first year of pre-publishing with my debut novel A House For All Seasons due out May next year (in time for Mothers’ Day – hint, hint!)

How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?

I am forever refining my website www.jennjmcleod.com and also trying to get my head around the social media stuff with a Facebook Author page in its early days.

Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?

Yep! Can’t wait – ’til it’s over!  (Joking of course.)

Conference is going to be amazing. I am particularly looking forward to my First Sale Ribbon as I believe the presenter is the wonderful person who first made me believe in my publishing dream. That will be special.

As Conference Registrar, I will be the one with the glazed look on the Thursday and Friday. But by Sunday afternoon, however, I will be the one leading the charge to the bar.

I challenge anyone to beat me!

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).
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Little Gems 2012 Author: Shayne Sands reflects on ‘Bali Sunset’

This week we meet Shayne Collier, writing as Shayne Sands, and her winning story: Bali Sunset.

Congratulations Shayne. Tell us…

What challenges you most in writing a short story? Do you have any tip/s for writing a short story?

The challenge is squeezing everything in so it doesn’t look like it’s squashed. I guess the tip is to think ‘small’. You can’t afford to plonk in a heap of back story, so you have to write economically and efficiently. You have to remain in the present as much as possible in order to bring your characters to life and together in the moment.

Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your story?

I’ve looked at it so many times I’m a bit over it. I still like the start because although it’s in the past (yikes, backstory!) it is evocative and terrifying:

The ocean was in a fury the day Jake Pearson died.

Although an elite big-wave surfer, he was no match for the might of a massive break that engulfed him and his board, holding him under until all the fight was gone and his lungs filled like water bombs.    

What was the inspiration for your story?

I love the ocean. I find big wave surfing fascinating. Growing up, I was a wanna-be surfer chick who dreamt of making out with a surfer boy (never happened – and when it almost did I was well into my wanna-be rock chick phase and rejected the offer).  I visited Bali in 2010 and went to Uluwatu, which has a reputation as a surfing paradise.  I tried to imagine what it was like in the ‘70s, before greedy developers got their hands on it. The photo I took there inspired me.

What are you working on now and goals for the future?

I’m working on a story I started more than two years ago. I’m thinking of too many other story ideas, including one for a book for ‘tweens. My goal is to finish my current wip before I turn 100.

How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?

I have an ocean swimming blog, which might not interest anyone but it is often funny and charming. I also have a writing blog I intend to use more as I intend to write more often… than not. My swimming blog is www.swimwrite.blogspot.com and my writing blog is www.shaynesands.wordpress.com

Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA Conference in August?

Yes. As usual, it was a last-minute decision but it’s locked in. I can’t wait to catch up with the wonderful people I last saw in Sydney in 2010 and to forge new friendships.

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).

2012 Little Gems Author – Kerrie Starbuck

What a great name! (The kind that stands out on book shelves and says – “read me”.)

So let me introduce you to the face behind the name and the story with the equally fabulous name:

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Revenge

 

What challenges you most in writing a short romance story? Do you have any tips for writing a short story.

The biggest challenge for me is knowing at what point to start the story. My tip: start the story as close to the end as you can.

Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?

A crack like an amplified champagne cork popping announced the appearance of a rotund little woman dressed completely in green. Green shoes, green dress, green hat. Next to the woman in red, she looked like an overgrown pea. An angry pea at that.”

What was your inspiration for the story?

This was originally a mini-writing challenge my critique group set for each other a couple of years ago – from memory, it had to be a short story featuring a Christmas theme, and a pair of red high heels. I quickly abandoned my first idea of a cross-dressing Santa and settled on this story instead.

What are you working on now and what are your writing goals for the future?

I’m currently working on a WIP that I hope will one day be published by HM&B. I’d love to have it ready to pitch at this year’s conference, but we shall see… it certainly will be if my super annoying motivational crit group has anything to say about it (thanks, guys, love you xx)…

How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?

I don’t have either a website or a blog yet as my focus right now is on getting my current WIP finished, and I’m way too easily distracted as it… squirrel!

Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?

Oh hell yes. After my first conference in Coogee (2010) I was completely addicted. I’m blown away by the calibre of the conference as a whole, the sophistication of the speakers and attendees… and yes, also the extraordinary volume of freebies 😉 That it’s all done by volunteers is a testament to the extremely high standard of professionalism the RWA Conference Team is blessed with – a huge thank you to each and every one them.

(And with my Team Diamond hat on – thanks for that thank you Kerrie.) Hope you enjoyed your first blogging experience today 🙂

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).

Little Gems 2012 Author – Carmen Gowans

Meet Carmen Gowans, Diamond Edition author of:

Diamonds In The Sky

We asked Carmen what challenges her most about writing a short romance story and to share her tips.

Hmm… hard question. I never know what to write until my fingers start tapping the keyboard. But that applies across the board, not just for short stories. That’s one reason why I think short story competitions are great, because they usually provide a word limit, a time limit and a theme. Just the thing for writers who like a prompt!

My tips: It should resonate with your soul; you should have fun with it; and cut Cut! CUT!!

Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?

Not sure if it’s what you meant, but I’m fond of this paragraph:

“She fell asleep dreaming she was thirteen again, dreaming of the high field and stars like diamonds, dreaming of Luke Walsh, the boy with the lopsided smile and adorable face. He had kissed her that last night, his lips sweet and smooth and tasting of oranges. And she had floated in starlight.”

What was you inspiration for the story?

I’m drawn to sparkly things 🙂

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Not Running Out of Steam, which can happen if I don’t eventually stumble on a clear goal for a story. That wasn’t a book title, BTW 🙂

What are your writing goals for the future?

This question made me smile because I find the writing process so therapeutic. Yes, even revision and editing. I don’t mean in a cathartic way, just that the actual creative focus is very soothing for me. So while I’m thrilled and honoured that my entry will be published (Yay!), I wouldn’t want any undue pressure to negate that lovely, calming effect. Having said that, I would like to complete my latest project – I’m reluctant to call it a book / novel until the first draft is finished – and then see about submitting it. But that’s a long way off.

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

 NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).

Cruisin’ with RWA

Welcome back to Cruisin’. The count down to 50k in 30 Days has started. Read more on where you can register below.

Don’t forget to send your good news and blogs to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com – we love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success.

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50K in 30 Days Challenge

Registration opens midday Thursday May 24 on the RWA Forum. Participate to Motivate!

50K in 30 Days starts June 1 and runs until June 30. This is your opportunity to write, write, write. Our motto this year is Participate to Motivate, so let’s have a writing party. Whether you want to write, edit or both, we’ll help you reach your Word Goal together.

Can’t manage 50k? No problem! Set a goal you can manage, then add another 10K – we all have to start somewhere. We’ll be there with you, participating, cheering you on and to carry you across the finish line.

This year the challenge will take place on the RWA Forum. Would you like to join us? Look out for news and information on the RWA Forum, our Facebook Group Page, Facebook Page and in Cruisin’ with RWA on how to join up for this amazing race. Ready? Set. GO! (PS: You must be a financial member of RWAustralia to participate.)

Register your participation on the forum by June 1 to receive your invite to join this exciting event.

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

May 25 – A Day in the Writing Life of Chris Taylor – Suzanne Hamilton

May 26 -New Releases – Nicole Flockton

May 27 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 28 – Conference Spotlight – Eleni Konstantine

May 29 – Little Gems 2012 Author Carmen Gowans – Jenn J McLeod

May 30 – Winter Writer’s Workshop with Anne Gracie – Imelda Evans

May 31 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • New releases

May 26 – Look out for some exciting new releases in the New Releases Blog

Nikki Logan’s how-to on THE CHEMISTRY OF READING – AROUSING YOUR READER is now up at Amazon and Smashwords.

Janelle Lee’s UNCOVERED  is now available in eBook

Astrid Cooper‘s new release FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES made it to the bestseller list at Extasy Books.

  • New Cover

Share your cover love with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • New Contract

Zaide Bishop has signed a contract with Carina Press to produce a seven book series. The novellas are due for publishing on the following dates:

– Book 2 by Jun 30, 2012
– Book 3 by Aug 31, 2012
– Book 4 by Oct 31, 2012
– Book 5 by Dec 31, 2012
– Book 6 by Feb 28, 2013
– Book 7 by April 30, 2013

  • Keeping up Appearances

Pop in and see Rachael Johns at the following events:
When: Saturday May 26, 2012
Time:11am
Where: Books Plus Armadale, shop 21A Armadale Shopping Centre, Armadale, WA

When: Wednesday June 6
Time: 6.30pm
Where: Ballajura Library, cnr Kingfisher & Illawarra Cres, BALLAJURA, WA
FMI and RSVP to 9249 1488.

When: Saturday June 23
Time: 10.30am
Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

May 23 – Flirting and Body Language – A Girl Thing

May 25– This week on Friday Feast:

I’m delighted to host rural romance author Mandy Magro, whose gorgeously covered JACARANDA released this week. Mandy is sharing a recipe she learned off her English mother-in-law and it’s a stunner – Chocolate Orange Cheesecake. Yep, just like a Jaffa except much, much better.

So come on over and say hi, but don’t forget a napkin because I promise you will drool!

May 24 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Eleni Konstantine

May 26 – ENCHANTED ORB: Maree Anderson

May 27 – Weekly Overview

May 29 – GOOD NEWS DAY

May 30 – A BITE OF…with Kathrine Leannan

May 28 – A mouthwatering moment with Juanita Kees from her debut release, FLY AWAY PETA

May 23 – Debbie Phillips, the chairperson of the ARRA, is Keziah’s guest this week.

May 26 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…Phaeton Black:Paranormal Investigator series (Jillian Stone)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 29 – TOPIC: Being a Published Author – In the beginning… – What happens after you get THE CALL? The first in a four part series.

May 25 – The magical guest this week is multi-published Eternal Press author, Kathryn Meyer Griffith with her story  WITCHES.

  • Wine, Women and Wordplay

May 21 – Show Don’t Tell Part II

May 23 – Feed the writer: Chocolate Brownie recipe!

May 25 – More on what makes a man sexy

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Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Magical Gains
  2. Nicola Marsh
  3. Phillipa Fioretti
  4. Rhian Cahill
  5. Sami Lee
  6. Teen Fiction Cafe

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Cruisin’ for Contests

The RWA Contest season is now closed. Watch this space for information when the season re-opens around mid-August with HM&B High Five.

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Enrico’s quote of the week

A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.  ~Charles Peguy

Regards Juanita

Cruisin’ with RWA

There’s a huge buzz in the back room about 50K in 30 Days as preparations go underway. Change the batteries in your wireless keyboard, sharpen your pencils, warm up your red editing pen or turn on Track Changes, and get ready to join the race. Over the next two weeks, look out for posts, invitations and information on where and  how to register. For more information see the 50K in 30 Days Challenge write-up below.

Don’t forget to send your good news and blogs to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com – we love to hear from our members and share in celebrating their success.

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50K in 30 Days Challenge

50K in 30 Days starts June 1 and runs until June 30. This is your opportunity to write, write, write. Our motto this year is Participate to Motivate, so let’s have a writing party. Whether you want to write, edit or both, we’ll help you reach your Word Goal together.

Can’t manage 50k? No problem! Set a goal you can manage, then add another 10K – we all have to start somewhere. We’ll be there with you, participating, cheering you on and to carry you across the finish line.

This year the challenge will take place on the RWA Forum. Would you like to join us? Look out for news and information on the RWA Forum, our Facebook Group PageFacebook Page and in Cruisin’ with RWA on how to join up for this amazing race. Ready? Set. GO! (PS: You must be a financial member of RWAustralia to participate.)

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RWA Merry Webber Blogs

May 18 – Blog Bites with Cathryn Hein – Kerri Williams

May 19 – Best Sellers List – Tamara Gill

May 20 – Event Announcements – Juanita Kees

May 21 – Author Spotlight on Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter – Juliet Madison

May 22 – Little Gems 2012 Author Juanita Kees – Jenn J McLeod

May 23 – Conference Spotlight – Charity Auction: Heart Foundation – Eleni Konstantine

May 24 – Cruisin’ with RWA – Juanita Kees

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Cruisin’ the News

Share your good news with us each week and we’ll join you in your happy dance. Congratulations to all our members this week. Share your new release, new cover, contest win, new contract, new website and more good news with us at cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

  • New releases

May 8Eyes of a Stranger by Suzanne Brandyn (Eternal Press)

How can you deny the truth when it looks you in the eyes?

When Tegan Ryan fears her secure world is about to be shattered, her nervous system takes her on a ride of a lifetime. Not only had she babbled office gossip to a stranger, she is hiding with her six-year-old son from her abusive husband.

Embarrassment floors her when she meets the new boss, sexy suited Mathew King. He is the stranger. Now she has to work for a man who chokes up all her breathing space, until she gives in to desire, just once.

Tegan always thought her son Robert had the bluest eyes ever, but Mathew presents a serious rival. As the past hurtles toward the present Tegan tries to overcome inevitable doubts and fears, but will she risk everything for the sake of true love?

  • New Cover
August 1 – Fly Away Peta by Juanita Kees (Eternal Press)

The time has come to face her worst fear…and the clock is ticking. Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter
Bella. When Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small country town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart, the other would destroy her soul.
Both would change her life forever.
  • Contest Finalists

There was a familiar face amongst the winners of the Published Division in the Contemporary series section of the Winter Rose contest run by the Yellow Rose RWA (America) chapter

SERIES CONTEMPORARY
First Place: COWBOY UNDER SIEGE by Gail Barrett
Second Place: FLASHBACK by Gayle Wilson
Third Place: THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE by Sharon Archer

  • Bright Lights and Camera Action
Maree Anderson’s self-published young adult novel, FREAKS OF GREENFIELD HIGH, about a teenage cyborg who’s struggling to cope with human emotions, has been optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc.
  • Keeping up Appearances

Rachael Johns
Pop in and see Rachael at the following events:

When: Saturday May 26, 2012

Time:11am

Where: Books Plus Armadale, shop 21A Armadale Shopping Centre, Armadale, WA

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When: Wednesday June 6

Time: 6.30pm

Where: Ballajura Library, cnr Kingfisher & Illawarra Cres, BALLAJURA, WA

FMI and RSVP to 9249 1488.

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When: Saturday June 23

Time: 10.30am

Where: Dymocks, 171 York St, Albany, WA

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Shona Husk and Michelle Diener
Perth-based paranormal romance writer Shona Husk and historical fiction writer Michelle Diener will be doing a joint signing

When: Saturday May 19

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Where: Temptation the Romance Bookstore, Lot 13 Crossways Shopping Centre, 184 Rokeby Rd. Subiaco WA

Contact: (08) 9388 8535 or e-mail temptationbooks@iinet.net.au

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Cruisin’ Member Blogs

Share a link and a short blurb here each week by emailing the details to us at: cruisin@romanceaustralia.com

May 18– This week’s Friday Feast features Australian romantic suspense author Bronwyn Parry, who is celebrating the much-anticipated release of DEAD HEAT.

Bronwyn is talking about her characters hasty eating habits and sharing a beautiful fruit sourdough recipe. An easy one too. You can even knead it in your bread machine! Plus share your favourite bread or bread topping, or simply a bready memory and you could win a copy of the book everyone’s raving about, Dead Heat.

May 17 – MAGIC THURSDAY: Nicole Murphy with giveaway of The Right Connection

May 20 – Weekly Overview

May 21 – Winner of Nicole’s giveaway announced.

May 22 – GOOD NEWS DAY

May 16 – A mouthwatering moment with Alli Sinclair

May 23 – Next week on Life Bites – Debbie Phillips, President of ARRA

May 19 – FROM THE BOOKSHELF…The Aristocrat & the Single Mom (Michelle Douglas)- looking for a new book to read or a new-to-you author? Check out what’s on the bookshelf!

May 22 – GUEST AUTHOR: Natalie Anderson – Natalie shares the low down her on her book, FIRST TIME LUCKY? and a little about herself.

May 18 – This week is about feeling the magic of home in your heart with the release of HEART OF THE VALLEY, a story about the meaning of home:  is it a place or is it where your heart lies? Find out with Cathryn Hein.

May 15 – ‘My Secret Life’ with Cathryn Hein

May 13-18 – This week Imelda tackles Show, Don’t Tell, winter warming soup, accessories for the writing life, a special wish for the Mums and shares a warning to unwary writers.

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Clint’s Cruisin’ Lane

A tongue-in-cheek look at how to look after the writer in your home.
Sharp and pointed observations about good writing
Pick up the average book on writing style or editing, and you’ll see that “-ing” phrases have a bad reputation.

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Enrico’s Pick Six

Submit your blog site link to cruisin@romanceaustralia.com to share with our readers. Enrico hand picks six blogs to showcase every week.

Enrico’s Pick Six this week:

  1. Juanita Kees
  2. Sara Hantz
  3. The Pink Heart Society
  4. Sue Moorcroft
  5. The Roses of Prose
  6. Word Wenches

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Cruisin’ for Contests

The RWA Contest season is now closed. Watch this space for information when the season re-opens around mid-August with HM&B High Five.

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Enrico’s quote of the week

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Regards Juanita

Little Gems 2012 Author – Mary Warwick

Meet Mary Warwick, Diamond Edition author of:

Diamonds In The Sky

We asked Mary what challenges her most about writing a short romance story and to share her tips.

Biggest challenge in writing a short romance story is finding different ways to develop the romance in so few words, while keeping the surrounding story interesting and plausible.

I can’t remember creating a short story that wouldn’t have preferred to be a novel, and therein lies a major pitfall. I have to write a short story quickly, before it morphs into a 120,000 word epic. The trick is to give the characters depth without using any extra words. A tough call sometimes.

 Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?

My favourite piece from “Diamonds in the Sky” is the 40-word opening to the heroine’s 1,000 word assignment, “In the pearl-white light of the rising moon they danced from star to star, locked in a loving embrace. No wisp of cloud… etc.,” and her flatmate’s wry response: “You’ve got some way to go, girl.”

What was you inspiration for the story?

The mention of diamonds instantly conjures up images of the stars in the vast, Australian night sky. Diamonds as jewels come rather as an afterthought, so the story was going to be about the stars right from the start. A timely visit to the Smithsonian Hubble display just before the Little Gems deadline clinched it.

What are you working on now?

Currently I’m putting the finishing touches to a novel for entry in the Valerie Parv Award. I’m trying to write a biography of the late Joan Crane, who was one of the few Flying Nightingales who went into Europe behind the advancing Allies to fly the wounded home from the front. It’s proving difficult because she was such a self-deprecating sort of lady who never talked about what she had done.

How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?

I don’t have a website at the moment, but one is in the offing. The domain name is registered.

Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?

I’ll certainly be at the RWA National Conference in August and I’m very optimistic that I’ll gain a great deal from attending.

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).

Little Gems 2012 Author Feature – Catherine Evans

Meet Catherine Evans – Little Gems author taking out 3rd place this year with her short story:

Diamond Shield

We asked Cath (who also happens to be RWA Hearts Talk Editor) what challenges her most about writing a short romance story and if she has any tip/s to share.

The longer I’ve been writing the more challenges I find – and I’m not even looking for them! I’m not quite sure why this story worked when others have failed. This year my story occurred over a short duration of time. Other years I’ve gone for bigger stories, longer time spans and failed. But I don’t know if that’s a tip, or coincidence. Making the anthology was a huge surprise.

Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?

This isn’t a favourite line but it’s the line that stuck in my head and inspired the story. “Dia Monde? You can’t be serious. Are you related to Saph Ire?”

What was you inspiration for the story?

I’d been trying to write something for months but I couldn’t get anything to work. I usually write erotic short stories, so to keep it suitable for U18s is a real challenge.

I was meeting a couple of writing buddies for lunch on a Sunday and they’d already written their Gems. I was feeling like a failure with nothing to enter. Then the night before our lunch, that line (from the question before) flashed into my head as I was going to sleep. I scribbled it down and a few other random thoughts about undercover speed dating – I mean where else would you use a stupid line like that? Over the next 3 or 4 days, the story came together. Then I had some advice that my writing lacked “emotion and visceral responses”. So I looked at my Little Gem and it lacked it too. A CP and I went through working out where to add it in. So you could say this one sentence ‘brainwave’, ended up being hard work for quite a few people (thank you Sheri, Anna, Mervet, Anita, Tracey!)

What are you working on now? 

I’m working on an erotic short story for an anthology. And I’m re-writing some of my other work and trying to add in emotion and visceral responses, and delete repetition (my latest bug-bears).

My ultimate goal is to be published in erotica/erotic romance and literary fiction. I know, crazy combination but it seems to be what I write.

How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?

I’m creating a web page for myself in my spare time – so it’s probably a few years off yet! I try to avoid internet addictions. I was a net-junkie years ago 🙂 

Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?

Yes, I’ll be there.

(Ed’s Note: Good, Cath, as I’ve ‘heard’ the conference registrar owes you about a dozen drinks for all your support!)

Thanks for sharing a little about yourself and congratulations on making it between the stunning cover of the 2012 Diamond Edition of Little Gems.

Anthology Orders Now Open

Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?

Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.

NOTE: Pre-release ordering means you are ordering and paying but the anthology will not be available until August (launched at the national conference).
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