On Good Friday we went to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. It was crazy, with so many people that you ended up just going where the flow of the crowd took you because it was too much effort to navigate away. We had fun but it was hard work!
The highlight for the kids was, of course, the show bags full of lollies. For me however, it was meeting Rachael Johns, author of many rural romance books including The Patterson Girls and recently released Outback Sisters. I really enjoy Rachael's writing because there is always a strong story line or action element to her books so that the romance factor almost becomes secondary to the drama unfolding.
Rachael was friendly, approachable and seemed genuinely happy to meet people at her stand. She even gave me some tips for my own writing including joining the Romance Writers of Australia who have helped her enormously over the years.
I heard about Rachael's visit to the Easter Show via her facebook posts https://www.facebook.com/RachaelJohnsRomance?ref=ts&sk=wall so it pays to like authors you admire on facebook and keep up to date with their appearances.
Lately, I've seen a heap of posts with writing tips and so I thought I'd share in case you missed them:
Ten things that editors don't like
Alisdair Daws reviews writing software packages
Alison Tait's top ten posts about writing
How to stick with your writing by Natasha Lester
To plot or not from Kate Forsyth
Wildcare Tasmania Nature writing competition ($5000 first prize)
Hi. My name is Sally Hall and I write YA. In 2016 I was shortlisted for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program and in 2014 I won a PIP Fellowship with Varuna for a young adult manuscript. In 2013 I was awarded the CBCA NSW Charlotte Waring Barton Award which included a mentorship with Penguin Books Australia. I've had magazine and short stories published in various anthologies and placed in many competitions. My website is www.sallyhall.com.au.