Be Still My Beating Heart: Amy Andrews and Jennifer St George on writing romance

On Romance Writing at the Byron Bay Writers Festival

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Introduced as having transformed from “corporate bitch to romance queen”, writer Jennifer St George spoke at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival about the conventions, expectations, and processes of being a romance novelist.

Writing to the conventions of the romance genre can be difficult, explained St George. Every story has the same “happily ever after ending”. The art is in creating enthralling and greatly nuanced relationships, tensions, and conflicts between characters.

Amy Andrews has written forty romance novels, sold over 1.6 billion books, and claims the genre is all about the “build up, not the sex”. It’s all about the longing, yearning, burning, and seduction. The push-and-pull. The will-they-won’t-they.

From L - R: Mandy Nolan, Amy Andrews and Jennifer St George. Photo: Cath Piltz From L – R: Mandy Nolan, Amy Andrews and Jennifer St George. Photo: Cath Piltz

One thing the two authors have in common – observed the session chair, local comedian Mandy Nolan – is that they both have true love.

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