Amy has a passion for romance novels
SHE has a lot of love in her life, but romance writer Amy Andrews will always have a special love affair with Rockhampton.
The former North Rockhampton High School girl (Alison Ahearn writing under the name Amy Andrews) is returning to host her first writing workshop to help other romance writers hone their skills.
"After 10 years of being published and 20 years of writing, I feel like I have learnt enough," Amy said.
Having started a manuscript assessment service recently, Amy said she was coming across a lot of emerging writers making the same mistakes when they started out. It is something Amy remembers well herself.
Her first book, written at the age of 22, was rejected.
"I thought it was wonderful and people would make a movie out of it."
Not letting the rejection stop her, Amy went on to take part in conferences, workshops and joined critique groups.
"I really learnt the craft."
Forty-five books later Amy's la
test release "No More Mr Nice Guy" was this week listed at 137 spot on USA today, placing her on the list of top 150 books for sale in the US, a "very cool" achievement for the author.
While in Rockhampton Amy will catch up with her best friend Leah Grice and family and also celebrate her father's birthday with him.
"I always have a nostalgic feel about driving to Rocky. It will always feel like home to me."
The write stuff
What: Bodice Ripper: writing romance
When: Saturday, October 25.
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Where: Rockhampton Regional Library
Cost: $30 (member of Qld Writers Centre free)
Bookings: Queensland Writers Centre workshop
Presented in partnership with Rockhampton Regional Libraries