I’m super pleased to have Pamela Cook, a fabulous writer of rural romance on my blog today. I’m going to let Pamela tell you all about why she writes rural romance, but first … I’m dedicating this post to my wonderful sister Jenny. You have read about Jenny, her farm and her pet pig here before. I’m so happy for her as a short while ago she celebrated her first anniversary with a really lovely new man in her life. A REAL LIFE rural romance 🙂 Over to you Pamela!
Lovely to be on Kim’s blog today and to be talking about writing Rural Romance.
The genre has become enormously popular in recent years, tapping into both the Australian fascination with the bush and our love of a good yarn. There are a huge range of story types within the genre, ranging from full-blown romance, to suspense, medical, environmental, family drama and romantic elements, my own books combining elements of the last two. Typically these stories feature strong female protagonists, a rural setting – often a small town – and some sort of personal or family conflict.
While I’m more than happy to be included in this genre I did fall into it quite accidentally. I spent over five years writing a literary novel (that still resides in my bottom drawer) when I decided to do something completely different and take on the Nanowrimo challenge. For the uninitiated, this is an ‘event’ that occurs every November, largely online, and requires participants to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I saw it as an experiment and was pleasantly surprised when I managed to complete the challenge with a novel I actually didn’t mind.
A couple of years later I was fortunate to be accepted into a manuscript development program run by Queensland Writer’s Centre and Hachette Australia. And I was over the moon when I received a phone call from Hachette offering to publish it. When Blackwattle Lake sold well my publisher asked for more of the same. My second novel, Essie’s Way, was also set in a fictional south coast town, again using some of my knowledge of the area. This one had two female protagonists and a historical element that I really enjoyed weaving through the story in the form of diary entries.
Close To Home, my third novel, is due for release on June 30th. It was initially inspired by a conversation I had about hendra virus and the pros and cons of vaccination. By the time I added a few characters and plot ideas I ended up with a story about tangled family relationships and the importance of moving on. And a healthy dose of romance J
One of the nicest things about this genre is the camaraderie and support from other writers . There’s quite a bunch of us now and we’ve teamed up to establish the Australian Rural Romance web page where readers can find our collected works and read about new releases and events.
Will I stick with this genre? For the time being, yes. I have a few more novel ideas and then … who knows, I might dig that first novel out of the bottom drawer.
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Orphaned at thirteen, Charlie Anderson has been on her own for over half her life. Not that she minds – she has her work as a vet and most days that’s enough. Most days. But when she’s sent to a small town on the New South Wales coast to investigate a possible outbreak of the deadly Hendra virus, Charlie finds herself torn between the haunting memories of her past, her dedication to the job and her attraction to a handsome local.
Travelling to Naringup means coming face to face with what is left of her dysfunctional family – her cousin Emma, who begged Charlie not to leave all those years ago, and her aunt Hazel, who let her go without a backwards glance. But it also means relying on the kindness of strangers and, when she meets local park ranger Joel Drummond, opening her heart to the possibility of something more . .
As tensions in the country town rise, can Charlie reconcile with the past and find herself a new future in the town she left so long ago?