Romancing the Snowy is proud and pleased to announce the following authors as part of the event:
Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children, Rosie and Charlie. Rachael is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices and animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock.
She is a Rural Business Administration graduate of Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW.
In between studying she has worked as a jillaroo, rural journalist, ABC radio broadcaster, professional woolclasser, part-time vet nurse, family farm manager, drover and stock camp cook.
Her first novel Jillaroo, published in 2002, has grown to become one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction inspiring other country women to contribute to the genre of contemporary rural literature. Her other best selling works include, The Stockman, based on her experience with working dog education, The Rouseabout, inspired by her wild times at Australia’s Bachelor and Spinster (B&S) Balls and The Cattleman’s Daughter which grew from her experience in the Victorian High Country riding horses and droving cattle.
Her screenplay Albert’s Chook Tractor, was made into a half hour drama for SBS Independent Television and was filmed in Tasmania’s Fingal Valley and starred John Jarrett. Rachael’s latest self-published book Dog Speak has recently been re-released since its original publication as part of a Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year rural bursary. A collection of Rachael’s short stories, The Girl and the Ghost Grey Mare, flew to number four position in the Australian Best Seller list when released in October 2011.
Rachael was the brainchild behind the $1 a week rental campaign for houses in her rural area. The campaign attracted International attention, saved her local school and sparked similar programs in other struggling rural towns across Australia. She is now trialling the latest pasture cropping and holistic grazing management techniques on her farming block using methods taught by NSW farmer, Colin Seis and Victorian Farmer Graeme Hand and backed by NRM South. Her experiences will be woven into her fifth novel so as to inspire other farmers to care more for their soil health thereby delivering healthy food to our Australian families
Multi-award winning and USA Today bestselling author Amy Andrews is an Aussie who has written fifty romances from novellas to category to single-title in both the traditional and digital markets for a variety of publishers. Her first love is steamy contemporary romance that makes her readers tingle, laugh and sigh. At the age of 16, she met a guy she instantly knew she was going to marry so she just smiles when people tell her insta-love books are unrealistic because she did marry that man and, twenty odd years later, they’re still living out their happily ever after.
Amy works part-time as a PICU nurse and spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia where she organized two national conferences and undertook a two year term as president. She also runs a manuscript assessment service, Word Witchery, specialising in genre fiction with fellow author Anna Cleary.
She loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.
My eclectic background includes an Honours degree in social history and English, and a range of work experiences – HR in a hospital, youth worker, dance teacher, organisational development manager, educational designer, and now occasional academic.
I grew up surrounded by books, and have a love of reading and stories. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, children’s literature, history – my bookshelves are forever overflowing. Academically, I’m particularly interested in story-telling and readership in popular fiction, and the research for my (very) part-time PhD is exploring the contemporary publishing environment and the impact of online communities of readers and digital technologies on authors and their publishing decisions.
I’m a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and the Romance Writers of America, and in July 2007 I was honoured to win the prestigious Golden Heart Award for the romantic suspense manuscript which became As Darkness Falls, my first novel published in 2008. My second novel, Dark Country, and my third, Dead Heat, both won an Australian Romance Readers’ award for best Australian romantic suspense novel. and also were both shortlisted for the Romance Writers of America RITA awards – the ‘Oscars’ of romance writing – and for the Daphne du Maurier award for romantic suspense.
I live on 100 acres of beautiful bushland in the New England tablelands, with my husband and three energetic border collies. While I’ve lived in cities and enjoy the cafes and bookshops, I love the naturalness and the rich complexity of the bush.
Anne Gracie spent her childhood on the move when her father’s job took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humour and love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.
She’s been spinning stories since she first sat in a sand-pit and pinned down a pet for an audience. However ordinary people didn’t become writers — they were sensible and got ‘real’ jobs. Anne wrote her first novel while on long service leave, backpacking solo around the world. Writing is now her ‘real’ job.
With eighteen books published (the last twelve by Berkley USA (Penguin) and Penguin Australia, Anne is a nationally bestselling author in the USA. Her books are mostly historical romances set in the Regency era — she blames Georgette Heyer for the addiction — as well as one modern romantic comedy, and was contracted to “novelise” the first TV series of “The Tudors.”
Anne is a former teacher, a former president and honorary lifetime member of Romance Writers of Australia, a five time RITA finalist, and has twice won the Romantic Book of the Year (Australia) and the National Reader’s Choice Award in the USA. Her books have been translated into sixteen different languages, and include Japanese manga editions.
As well as writing, Anne has had a lifelong interest in promoting adult literacy —it started when she was at university— and up until recently, she kept bees.
Cathryn Hein was born in South Australia’s rural south-east. With three generations of jockeys in the family it was little wonder she grew up horse mad, finally obtaining her first horse at age 10. So began years of pony club, eventing, dressage and showjumping until university beckoned.
Armed with a shiny Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) from Roseworthy College she moved to Melbourne and later Newcastle, working in the agricultural and turf seeds industry. Her partner’s posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years in Provence where she finally gave in to her life-long desire to write. Her short fiction has been recognised in numerous contests, and published in Woman’s Day.
All of Cathryn’s novels have been finalists in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and the 2014 awards also see her in contention for Favourite Australian Romance Author. The Falls is her fifth rural romance and will release on April 22nd, 2015. September 2014 saw the release of The French Prize, her first romantic adventure story.
Cathryn currently lives at the base of the Blue Mountains in Sydney’s far west with her partner of many years, Jim. When she’s not writing, she plays golf (ineptly), cooks (well), and in football season barracks (rowdily) for her beloved Sydney Swans AFL team
Karly Lane lives with her extremely patient husband and four children in Macksville, on the beautiful Mid North Coast of New South Wales. A certified small-town girl, she is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grandparents were.
Karly writes women’s fiction, everything from romantic suspense to family sagas and life in rural Australia. She fits in her writing around her chooks, dog, various adopted farm animals, school pickup and children.
Growing up, Karly and her family moved a lot with her father’s work, living in many rural communities. Many of her fictional towns are based on these places spread throughout NSW and QLD. Karly has since returned to the town where her family can trace its origins back to the original settlement to raise her own children.
Having previously worked as a pathology collector, she is now lucky enough to be able to write full time, spending all day with her fictional characters while trying to ignore her nemesis, the never-ending cycle of washing which continues to multiply daily. She dreams of one day having a housekeeper…and a pool guy…and a pool…
She is a proud member of the RWA Australia. Karly loves to hear from her readers so find her on Facebook, and say hi.
Margareta Osborn is a fifth-generation farmer, and a wife, mother and lover of all things country, who has lived and worked on the land all her life. She holds a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management specialising in Community Coordination and Facilitation. Home is a beef property overlooking a beautiful lake in the Gippsland high country, where she lives with her husband and three children.
She is also the author of the best selling Bella’s Run – a No. 1 bestseller – Hopes Road, Mountain Ash and her latest release, Rose River.
Sandy Curtis’s first five romantic thrillers were published by Pan Macmillan Australia, were nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards, and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. They were also published in Germany by Bastei Luebbe, and are now available as e-books from Clan Destine Press.
Her sixth and seventh novels, Fatal Flaw and Grievous Harm, are published by Clan Destine Press in print and as ebooks.
Sandy was a magazine feature article writer and a newspaper columnist for two years, and has had short stories and serials published in leading Australian women’s magazines.
She was a member of the Management Committee of the Queensland Writers Centre for four years and has presented many writing workshops, including the 10-day USQ McGregor Summer School Creative Writing course. She has organised WriteFest, the Bundaberg writers festival, since its inception in 2005. In December 2012 she was presented with the Johnno Award by the Queensland Writers Centre for her “outstanding contribution to writing in Queensland”.
Born in Wales and now living in Australia, Jennie Jones loved everything with a romantic element from an early age. That’s why she became an actor before she started writing. She toured the UK in all the grand old theatres, becoming someone else for two hours, eight performances a week, loving every second.
Now, Jennie loves writing rich, warm-hearted and refreshing stories of adventures of the heart. She’s a self-confessed would-be small town country girl and longs for the day when she and her family can set up home in a cute country cottage in the middle of a huge field. Until then, Jennie is enjoying life a five minute walk from the beach. She can hear the ocean as she types her stories.
She says writing keeps her artistic nature dancing and her imagination bubbling, and like acting, she can’t envisage a day when it will ever get boring.
Shannon Curtis has worked as a copywriter, business consultant, admin manager, customer service rep, logistics co-ordinator, dangerous goods handler, event planner, switch bitch and betting agent, and decided to try writing a story like those she loved to read when she found herself at home after the birth of her first child.
Her books have been finalists for Favourite Romantic Suspense for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, as well as for Favourite Continuing Romance Series as voted by the Australian Romance Readers Association. Shannon was selected to write romance novels for The Bold and The Beautiful series.
She loves reading, loves writing, and loves hearing from her readers, so visit her at www.shannoncurtis.com and say hi!