I feel really lucky in my writer friends. I’ve received incredible support, understanding and encouragement from both the M/M Romance community online, and, once I moved back to New Zealand, the New Zealand Romance Writers. I’m also really lucky in just how much information there is out there for writers online, in books and made freely available in podcasts.
That said, whenever I meet up in person with another M/M Romance writer, at one point in the conversation, one of us inevitably says ‘I thought that was just me!’ or ‘I have that exact problem!’ We’re writing for a very particular niche and coming from a very particular place which brings its own challenges. When Anne and I met up at Gotham at the start of the year, our conversation ended with the determination to create a space for Kiwi M/M authors to share their experiences so that we can all learn.
Six months later (that’s my fault, unfortunately–sorry!), it’s happening. We’ve set up a Facebook group for interested people. To get invited, just drop Anne (found here) or myself a message expressing interest. What are you signing up for? Read on to find out!
New Zealand Rainbow Romance Writers
If you’re a Kiwi author primarily writing LGBTQ romance, we want to hear from you!
New Zealand Rainbow Romance Writers are a group of NZ based authors who work primarily in the LGBTQ romance genre. As such, we face a number of challenges specific to our global location and writing genre. The NZRRW is a support group for us to share our experiences, ask advice from people writing for similar audiences, support and encourage each other, set and achieve goals and compare our marketing strategies.
The group consists of a private Facebook group where we share our news and resources, ask questions and give advice. Once a week, a goal post will go up, where members can post their weekly goals. At the end of the week, members can reflect on their progress, promoting accountability.
We’re looking for highly motivated members who are keen both to learn and to share their experiences in a respectful, inclusive environment. As we grow and get a feeling for what our members needs are, we may expand to include finding critique partners, creating anthologies of member’s work, online and offline write-ins, and possibly meet-ups. Any level of writing history is welcome, as are publishing methods–unpublished, self-publishing, traditional, and hybrid authors all welcome.
Gillian St. Kevern.
Gillian writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, historical fantasy, contemporary comedy, and is branching out into mysteries in 2017. She is published with NineStar Press and self-published, and currently based in Christchurch. She is a member of Romance Writers New Zealand, and in addition to writing, works as a freelance editor.
Anne writes across a range of genres, although her favourites are fantasy, SF, and historical. She is published with Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications, and lives in Wellington. As well as writing, she works in a library, and plays violin in a local community orchestra, so often music has a role in her stories and/or her characters are musicians.