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The F Word: Romance

2015 F Word Romance via The Wheeler CentreMy first mainstream literary panel. Nerve-wracking but super interesting.

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!

http://www.wheelercentre.com/broadcasts/the-f-word-romance

Heart to Heart podcast

Check out my new gig hosting Destiny Romance’s new podcast.

2014 Heart to Heart logoThis 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!

Episode 1: Interview with Sarah Wendell

Episode 2: Interview with Anne Gracie

BOOKS+PUBLISHING (Issue 1, 2013)

Shelf Talk

BOOKS+PUBLISHING magazine asked me to write a brief article on upcoming romance fiction titles for their Shelf Talk section.

BOOKS+PUBLISHING (Issue 1, 2013)I talk about upcoming romance titles in the magazine’s first issue for 2013.

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 new gig – Booktopia Romance Buzz

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.

Feminist values in romance fiction

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.
If you’re a romance reader, a romance non-reader or simply curious why people love these books so much, I’d love to know what you think.

Raunchy Romance Storytime 2012

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.

You can read a transcript of my talk here.