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Monday, 19 November 2012

Sex and Swearing? Not Us! Meet the Romaniacs...

  The six  Romaniacs shortlisted for the Festival of Romance 2012 New Talent  Award -  (in no particular order)  Celia, Lucie, Catherine. Laura, Sue, Jan, Liz, Vanessa, Debbie

One of the highlights of the Festival of Romance for me this weekend was meeting The Romaniacs.  An amazing group of nine talented writers, the Romaniacs represent this year's Romantic Novelists' Association's New Writers scheme which showcases the writing talent of the future.

The girls met a year ago at the first-ever Festival of Romance in Hertford  and have since developed a close friendship, not to mention a feisty blog that is followed all over the world.

At this year's conference 'After Fifty Shades - What Next? ' the Romaniacs were among those who dared to  predict  the future of women's fiction. (I can't give away too many secrets...)

On the subject of blogs the question was simple : what makes people sit up and take notice?

'Sex and swearing' quipped one of the panelists. Whether or not she was serious, I duly took note.

Romaniac Celia Anderson won the Piaktus Prize for her novel 'The Chocolate Project' which will be published as an e-book in the new year.

 Congratulations also go also to Lesley Eames who won this year's New Talent Award with her work-in-progress When Storm Clouds Rage.

The rest of us enjoyed every pink-tinged minute and, hopefully, will  be back again next year.


Catherine Miller said...

It was lovely to meet you at the weekend, Marilyn. I wasn't able to stay for the whole weekend, but you don't need all 9 of us to leave an impression ;)

See you again soon,

Catherine x

Sue Fortin said...

Thank you for such a lovely post - it was great to meet you at the weekend. Wasn't the room very pink Friday evening?!

Congratulations to you as well for being shortlisted. :-)


Bluestocking mum said...

Lovely to meet you too, Marilyn.Thank you for your kind words. It was a great weekend.

You need never feel alone again and are always welcome to join us as an homorary Romaniac at any events!

Well done on your shortlisting by the way. Now get to writing girl!


Guernsey Girl said...

What lovely comments from Catherine, Sue and Debbie - proving my point entirely! Let's hope we're all 'in the pink' next year...