Last month, I was invited to be a panelist at the Wheeler Centre for The F Word: Romance. The panel was part of a series of panels and interviews exploring modern feminism. This was a huge deal for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever been to an even that wasn’t targeted at genre readers. I hope I did romance readers and authors justice. You be the judge!
Check out my new gig hosting Destiny Romance’s new podcast.
This is probably my most fun project so far. The lovely folks at Penguin Australia have asked me to host Heart to Heart, a monthly podcast for their romance imprint Destiny Romance. Two episodes have been released so far. Hope you enjoy these!
I forgot to post this, but last year Sarah Wendell and I had a chat for the DBSA podcast. You can listen to the episode here.
BOOKS+PUBLISHING magazine asked me to write a brief article on upcoming romance fiction titles for their Shelf Talk section.
If you’re a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Psy-Changeling or True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series, it’s going to be a great year of reading!
My first solo issue as Booktopia’s new romance newsletter editor.
I’m so excited to announce the first edition of the Romance Buzz that I put together all on my own! The Romance Buzz is the romance fiction newsletter put out by Booktopia, Australia’s largest online bookshop. My first featured author is Patricia Briggs–I know! How exciting, right? You can check out the March issue here.
For Valentine’s weekend, I was interviewed, along with Vassiliki Veros, for a radio segment on ‘Love and Passion’. You can download the podcast here.
Earlier this month I wrote a guest post for the Australia Women Writers Challenge blog discussing whether or not romance fiction is inherently feminist. Here’s an excerpt:
When we consider what romance fiction brings to feminism, it’s not enough to talk about what we as individuals get out of romance fiction or how we interpret this book or that. Knowing the genre’s popularity among female readers, we should also be asking: How do women read romance and why do they love these books so much? Only then, I think, will we have a better understanding of the genre’s importance and influence in women’s lives.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Customs House Library hosted a Library Up Late event dedicated to romance fiction and asked me to curate it. I chose excerpts from romance books to be performed by Rhys Muldoon, Libbi Gorr and PJ Lane.
Naughty bits. Perhaps…raunchier than the library had been expecting. Oops. 😀
I loved this project. Selecting the excerpts took a lot longer and was more difficult than I had anticipated. Actually hearing the words performed by professionals exceeded my expectations. I could have listened to them all night.
I forgot to post a link at the time, but last year I was invited to speak as part of a panel at Ultimo Library to discuss ‘Sex, love and passion—the appeal of romance novels’.