A few weekends ago I attended this year’s romance Writers’of New Zealand annual conference, held at the lovely ( if decidedly pongy) city of Rotorua. The pongy – ie smelly – bit comes from the sulphur laden air. Rotorua is built right on top of an active thermal area – with geysers, mud pools and hot steam rising out of the street gutters. Very good for the sinuses, is what I was told as a child.
Surely an ideal setting for a fantasy romance or paranormal. All brimstone and ashes!
And yes, we may have talked about that – a warning here to non-authors. Eavesdropping on romance writers would scare the bejesus out of anyone!
Romantic suspense – best methods for murdering someone/disposing of the body/justifications for doing the dastardly deed.
Historical romance – the proper use of swords/daggers/ pistols at dawn. Medical effects of a corset. How much do they restrict movement? The geopolitical situation surrounding the regency period. (ok, so maybe we didn’t actually use the word ‘geopolitical’- we’re writers, not central policy pundits.)
Paranormal – all of the above, and throw in some wickedly scary lifeforms. Plus the odd vampire/shapeshifter non-pc foodfest, with liberal splatterings of blood.
Science fiction romance – all the SF stuff – spaceships, aliens, both heroes and villains – so the nitty gritty of human/alien love stories is of course paramount.
And then there is the very non-romantic reality of being an author. The business stuff, so lots of talk about apps for writers, marketing, social media.
All leavened with some truly awesome guest speakers, lead among them Christie Craig. She says she is a story teller first, and that was so true. Inspirational, gut wrenchingly funny, and had us in heartbroken tears by the end. This woman has story making coded into every cell in her body. Just amazing, and she was only one of the many. So nice to see a strong contingent Australian speakers this time too. NZ and Australian writers are true cousins; more alike than we often admit, but with some definite differences, and don’t spend nearly enough time getting to know each other.
Then back home to put all that inspiration into our own work. Back to my editing cave. Currently I’m plodding -and yes, that’s the only word for it – through the first round edits of the third book in my Hathe series. Jacquel’s story, and is he ever in a hole! One that took ages to find a way out of. Peace has come to Hathe, but the aftermath of war is never as simple as expected. Too many wounds to heal; too many changes in the survivors’ world.
I look forward to sharing it with you.
Check out the first two books in the Hathe Series
Fans of epic science fiction will love this tale of political intrigue and romantic turmoil set in a far off future where two worlds battle for survival and the loser faces annihilation – of freedom, of hope, of life itself.
What chance have a pair of duty-plagued lovers caught in the middle?