Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Suspense Sisters On Sassy in the South

28/06/15, SARA blog – Sassy in the South,  

The Suspense Sisters

The Suspense Sisters are two Adelaide authors who have teamed up to provide entertaining and informative workshops for writers of all levels, and author talks in conjunction with some of Adelaide’s best book shops.

Who are these Suspense Sisters?

We specialise in courageous heroines and pacey suspense.
Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil, who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. With an eclectic background as a chef, lead auditor, and graduate of Fiona McIntosh’s Master Class, she is now published by Crimson Romance, judges competitions for Romance Writers of Australia and America, and coordinates the Novelist’s Circle writing group.
Recently Sandy participated on a panel of inspirational women at the Festival Fleurieu at Normanville, and presented a back story workshop to the Seaside Writers group in Brighton.


Rowena Holloway is a book reviewer, interviewer and writer of short stories and novels, which have won and placed in numerous competitions. As a former tenured academic, she holds a PhD in Business and has extensive experience in face-to-face and online teaching at a tertiary level. Fiction is her first love.
Rowena has been writing for twelve years and been mentored by award-winning author Carol LeFevre and is a graduate of Fiona MacIntosh’s Masterclass. She has published two novels through by Fractured Press.

Upcoming Events

Catch the Suspense Sisters:
·         Tribe FM radio interview on Thursday 2nd July, 3.30 pm (91.1FM streaming live online).
·         Book signing on Friday 17th July, 1 pm, at Collins Bookshop, Castle Plaza, Edwardstown.
·         Author talk and book signing on August 27th, 2-4 pm, at the Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace, West Torrens


We are offering three workshops to suit all levels of writing skills.
1.      Hook ‘em and hang ‘em
Avoid your story being abandoned partway through. Hook your readers and them keep them hanging so they are compelled to turn the page. This workshop proves suspense is for everyone, no matter the genre.
2.      Stir the pot: treat back story like a pungent spice
Back story is like a flavour you can’t quite pick, lurking in the layers of your curry. You know it’s there and it enhances the experience, but it’s intangible and fleeting. Learn how to infuse back story without sacrificing pace or suspense.
3.      Courageous heroines
Have you ever wondered why some female characters intrigue, while others make you toss the book at the wall? This workshop will show you how to create inspirational and courageous heroines your readers will admire and want to read about.