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I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What Do Romance Writers Look Like?

Rowrrr!! What a bunch of gorgeous girlies : )
Nelson Branch of Romance Writers of NZ
L-R Sally Ash, Cherie Le Clare, LaVerne Clark, Annika Ohlson-Smith

This was meant to be used for an article our group starred in for a very beautiful, glossy Nelson magazine called Wild Tomato, with the caption being Romancing the Stones but they went for something a little more homely in the end. Shame. I think it's a pretty cool photo and probably suits us - we're all a little bit quirky!

What does a Romance Writer look like? Are they glamorous women dressed up to the nines on the off-chance a handsome hero will come and sweep them off their feet? Or are they greasy-haired women sitting around in house-coats, dark circles under eyes fixed on a computer screen with mind's a world away from the one they're actually inhabiting? I don't know about you, but I tend to agree with the latter unfortunately, which makes dressing up for the photo-shoot above a whole lot of fun. Doesn't matter that it was freezing cold and our walk to that spot was ridiculously dangerous in high heels and my daughter was crying the whole time just out of shot. We looked GREAT, we had a lot of giggles and we escaped the everyday routine to act as supermodels for a while. What fun!


  1. That is a GREAT pic! So glad you guys got away and had a gigglefest! All good writers need that!


  2. You ladies look gorgeous, LaVerne! Ab-Fab bunch of writers, that's for sure.

  3. Thanks Val and AJ : ) It was heaps of fun and I hope we get the chance to do it again sometime!

  4. Terrific photo! I draw the line at greasy hair, but you'd have to show me in my bathrobe to get the real writer at work!

  5. Hehehe - I have to say I'm pretty much grease-free today too : ) And there was NO WAY I was going to put a photo of me in my bathrobe up. I'm open to post one of you though Jannine ; )

  6. Way to go, LaVerne, you're the sexy one with the "Sex in the city" look:)

  7. This definitely would have been the better and more flattering photo! Sounds like you had fun on the day, and at least you have a photo for your wall! :o) K x

  8. You all do look great! Cool photo and 'Romancing the Stones' - very clever!

  9. It's a goodie isn't it Welcome - I mean Leigh! : ) What's with the name change??

  10. You kinda described me with both sets of details. Have to dress up for conferences, but wouldn't be hilarious if we did go to writing cons in pajamas and baggy eyes like the truth we try to write? "Pajama Con" anyone?
    Joy Held
    Writer Wellness, a writer's path to health and creativity

  11. Aww Cherie you flatterer - you look pretty darn good too.

    Hi Karen! I posted the photo mainly because I didn't have much to say, but needed to update my blog - and it is a pretty cool photo. See - this is what I meant, your blog is always interesting and thought provoking. I could learn lots from you : )

    Hehehe - count me in on that conference Joy - wouldn't it be a crackup?!