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On Retreat

I’m away from home at the moment, on my annual writing retreat. We’ve been doing it since 2007, and for the past few years we’ve come to the same place, a holiday apartment complex opposite the beach in southern Queensland. That’s the view from my “office” for this week.

There are nine of us in the group, all multi published, and though we started out all writing for the same publisher (HarlequinMills&Boon) we’ve branched out quite a bit since then. I was already with Berkley before that first retreat but others have moved to different publishers since then, and quite a few of us have dipped our toes into indie publishing (self-publishing). Publishing is ever-changing, so it’s good to keep up, share knowledge and keep trying new things.

We fly in from all over Australia, and the first night is usually catching up over fish and chips and champagne and then we discuss what we’d like to achieve during the week. I’m working on Marcus’s story (don’t get your hopes up — it’s going to take aged because I have to fit him in between other contracted work, but I’m mentioning him to show I haven’t forgotten him.) I’m also trying to work out a proposal for a new series, as the book that’s just gone in is the last book in the Brides of Bellaire Gardens series.

My publisher has also asked me to write a number of short pieces to promote the book that’s coming out in May — The Heiress’s Daughter. 

As well, I’m refreshing and updating an on-line course on Writing Romance that I have taken for Writers New South Wales for the last few years because they have contracted me to run it again in June. 

So this is very much a working holiday.

If you want to join in the brainstorming of suggestions for my next new series, feel free to chip in. 

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30 days ago

Great cover!

23 days ago
Reply to  Marianne