Diversity in romance – you can’t have it both ways

Diversity in romance – you can’t have it both ways

  In 2017, a picture of the South Korean President’s very handsome bodyguard went viral, and a group of us authors swooned and then decided we’d create a set of romances, that celebrated diversity and featured handsome Asian heroes. On Asian Valentine’s Day, in August 2018 we launched Kiss Me, which featured eight contemporary sweet …

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Chatting with Mel Hammond about being an author

Chatting with Mel Hammond about being an author

In this episode, Joanne Dannon shares her tips for aspiring authors (and for those of us who need to brush up on the business side of our writing): Kindle Unlimited or wide the importance of writing in series and boxed sets consistency of  book covers Goal, Motivation & Conflict – the keys to writing a …

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Learning from Bella Andre – 10 top tips!

Learning from Bella Andre – 10 top tips!

We were so fortunate to have Bella Andre come to Auckland for the Romance Writers conference of New Zealand. Her talks were inspiring, and she was so gracious in sharing her knowledge. Here are 10 top tips, from her – Stick to writing and don’t get distracted with what’s going on around me Don’t chase …

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Learning from Bella Andre, romance author extraordinaire!

Learning from Bella Andre, romance author extraordinaire!

I’ve recently returned from Auckland, New Zealand where I attended the brilliant Romance Writers of NZ conference. The highlight for me was not only meeting Bella Andre but also learning from her. For someone who has achieved so much, Bella is extremely candid, sincere and generous in sharing her knowledge, and helping others. She’s extremely …

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Heroes worth falling for…

Heroes worth falling for…

You all know how much I love writing, and one of the best aspects is creating an awesome hero, someone so worthy and special for my heroine. I do spend a lot of time in creating my heroes and I love them having different jobs. I’ve just finished writing my holiday romance, Christmas Kiss in …

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Cover reveal – An Unexpected Forever

Cover reveal – An Unexpected Forever

  *•.¸ (`*•.¸(`*•.¸(`*•.¸¸.•*´)¸.•*´)¸.•*´),.•*´) ☆ ҉💙 COVER REVEAL💙 ҉ ☆ (¸.•* (¸.•*´(¸.•*´(¸.•*´`*•.¸)`*•.¸)`*•.¸)`*•.¸) My new, sweet romance will be available in August 2018. Sooooooo excited   Love this book so much. Here’s the blurb… A world of differences, an unexpected forever. Belly dancing, and black belt karate teacher, Marnie Stern has loved her time in Hong Kong, but now she’s ready …

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My top 10 tips for aspiring authors and other insights in to my writing career

My top 10 tips for aspiring authors and other insights in to my writing career

I was recently interviewed by the lovely romance author, Maddison Michaels, about my journey to becoming a published author – http://maddisonmichaels.com/interview-with-joanne-dannon/ Although this is included in the interview, here are my top 10 tips for aspiring authors – Know that it’s not easy to write a book. Surround yourself with people who support you and want you …

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Fan girl post – meeting Adrienne Gold

Fan girl post – meeting Adrienne Gold

The amazing Adrienne Gold is in Australia doing talks in some capital cities, and I was very fortunate to chat with her this morning. She’s so inspirational and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. My Canadian readers/friends will know her as a popular personality on Canadian TV for over 15 years. It’s very exciting to …

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Interview with Femail

Interview with Femail

It’s always exciting to be interviewed, and to see it in print. Thank you femail.com.au for showcasing me 🙂 https://www.femail.com.au/joanne-dannon-romance-writing-interview.htm

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

💗 Happy Mother’s Day 💗 Hope you all have a lovely day! And a special mention to those missing their mums/MILs/grans, and also to those who are struggling to be mums. Hugs!!!!  PS – and a bunch of flowers to the awesome step-mums who accept, nurture and love their partner’s child/ren 😍  

Swinging Sixties

Swinging Sixties

I love history, and really enjoy listening to talks. Recently I was fortunate to see an exhibit on fashion in the 1960s and listen to a talk. It was fascinating and I loved the outfits on display. The speaker was really knowledgeable and talked about some of the women who owned the clothes. What insights! …

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Kissing Down Under series

Kissing Down Under series

If you’ve listened to me chatting on podcasts and interviews, about my life as an author, I often talk about my mistakes. Not because I want to dwell on them but rather I want to share my experiences so other authors can learn from me. When I started writing, I didn’t think about my branding …

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Chatting with Melinda Hammond, Writer on the Road

Chatting with Melinda Hammond, Writer on the Road

I’ve chatted many times with Melinda over my 2.5 year career as a self published author. In this interview, we focussed on the business side of being a self published writer and some of the difficulties I’ve managed. I also talk about marketing and brand awareness as an author. Writers interested in self publishing and/or …

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Chatting with Sarah Williams, on Write with Love

Chatting with Sarah Williams, on Write with Love

As much as I love writing, I also love talking about writing 🙂 Check out my latest interview with my fellow author friend, Sarah Williams, on Write with Love. It’s videoed so you can watch us chat 🙂 http://www.sarahwilliamsauthor.com/joannedannon/  

Self Publishing 101

Self Publishing 101

I met Jamie Sands last year at Rotorua whilst at the Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ) conference. Although we write different sub-genres, I really liked the fabulous ideas Jamie created. And it was fun chatting about Jamie’s writing, and brainstorming. Jamie asked me to write an article on self publishing. Hope it helps writers …

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Welcoming Darcy Delany

Welcoming Darcy Delany

Thanks to social media, I get to hang out with awesome writers, both here in Australia and from overseas! I met Darcy Delany through Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) and caught up with her in person at ARRC. We just clicked (can you tell? We’re being pretty silly in the pic above) and I’m really …

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“But you write proper books too?”

“But you write proper books too?”

For many years I felt cloaked with shame and embarrassment that I wrote the books I loved to read…contemporary romance. It’s not easy being laughed at or ridiculed by people who don’t even read romance. And then one day, I decided I’d had enough. I love reading and writing romance, and was going to be …

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Learning in reverse – don’t make my mistakes!

Learning in reverse – don’t make my mistakes!

When I decided to write, I learnt how to write. I joined Romance Writers of Australia, attended their yearly conference, bought and read numerous craft books and wrote…many books. These will never be published as they were part of my “apprenticeship” but I learnt my craft for nine years before my debut novel, Falling for …

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Where do you get your ideas from?

Where do you get your ideas from? I get this question asked to me…a lot! When I answer that the ideas are everywhere, I’m usually met with a blank stare or a chuckle. No one believes me that I see ideas for books everywhere. Or maybe they think I’m just weird – LOL. I don’t use …

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