Watch out Mills and Boon, romance author heads to town

BEST-SELLING Australian author Rachael Johns is in the region today promoting her latest novel.

The rural romance writer will be at the Oakey Cultural Centre from 9.30am - 11am to chat to fans about her book The Patterson Girls.

The Patterson Girls is jam-packed with secrets, modern romance and mystery and deals with the big issues that keep us all wondering such as grief, belonging, complex family dynamics, adult relationships and the heartbreak of infertility.

She said her latest book was slightly different to her previous novels.

"I am known for my rural romances, but this is something different," she said.

"I like to call it contemporary life literature rather than women's fiction as, let's face it, it's not just women who like to read about real life issues."

Ms Johns has been a published author for three years and she said it still felt surreal.

"Writing is my passion and I am so lucky to do what I love," she said.

"People think getting published is the big hurdle but once you are a published author you can't stop writing.

"Writing has always just been my hobby but now it's my full-time job so I feel like the pressure is on a bit.

"I absolutely love it though and wouldn't change anything."

She said she loved meeting her fans.

"I interact with a lot of people through the internet and my website," she said.

"I get such great feedback and I love when I finally get to meet someone face to face."

WHAT IS RURAL ROMANCE?

 Rural romance novels follow the narrative conventions of romance novels but they also feature feisty female protagonists who love the land and poetically portray farming or outback life.



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