Gold Coast Writers Festival

The Gold Coast Writers Festival is on 26-28 October, and I’m heading off on the 25th on the long drive down. There’s a fabulous line-up of authors, publishers, and industry professionals all sharing their expertise with aspiring writers as well as giving readers insights into the industry.

On Saturday I’ll be joining Rowena Cory Daniells and Tony Cavanagh on the The Thrill of the Chase panel, with the CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre, Meg Vann, as chair. Meg also runs the Brisbane arm of Sisters-in-Crime and I’m sure she will have some interesting questions for the panel. The audience might go away with more than they bargained for 🙂

The panels at the festival are free, with seminars and workshops costing a minimal fee. It’s going to be a great event and I hope both writers and readers take advantage of the hard work the Gold Coast Writers Association has put in to bring this fantastic opportunity to the Gold Coast.

A three-book contract for Cheryse Durrant.

Sleep deprivation aside, the Romance Writers of Australia 2012 Conference at the Gold Coast was a fabulous time. With all the roadworks it took nearly seven hours to drive down, but all fatigue lifted at the sight of our fabulous accommodation at the Surfers Paradise Crown Towers Resort.

My daughter-in-law, Cherie (writing as Cheryse Durrant), and I were sharing with fantasy author Rowena Cory Daniells (who also writes paranormal crime for Clan Destine Press) and artist/writer Jacque Duffy. Clan Destine Press Publisher (and author), Lindy Cameron, took advantage of being in Brisbane for a few days to pop in for a visit. Apart from catching up with her CDP authors, Rowena and me, her ulterior motive was to surprise Cherie/Cheryse with a three-book contract for her fantasy Heart Hunter trilogy. This trilogy tells the story of Shahkara, half-Taloner, half-human, and all kick-arse heroine. “Demon Hunter”, book 1 in the series, will be launched in either April or May next year. As you can imagine, that led to much celebration, followed by lots of brainstorming on the best way to promote Cheryse’s forthcoming books. LJ Smith (Vampire Diaries) has read the first one and endorsed it: “SHAHKARA, the book, is unique, and Shahkara, the character, is one of the most engaging strong female role models I’ve seen in a long time. This girl can handle herself! The plot is full of ingenious twists, turns and surprises, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.”

Rowena (back), Lindy, Sandy, Cheryse

And if that wasn’t enough, Lindy’s other motive was to bring Rowena her first copies of “The Price of Fame“, her paranormal crime now out with Clan Destine Press.

Lindy and Rowena with "The Price of Fame"
Lindy and Rowena with “The Price of Fame”


And, yes, we did make it to the RWA conference, but that’s for the next blog 🙂