Jul 17


Adrienne Vaughan Author at RNA Conference

Picture by John Jackson

Adrienne’s first historical novel, A Most Deadly Affair, set in the 1950’s, was longlisted for the coveted Elizabeth Goudge Trophy at the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) conference held at the Queen Mary University in London, recently.

The annual competition, which is judged on the first chapter of a so far unpublished novel, received a record number of entries this year and Adrienne was bowled over when it was announced A Most Deadly Affair had made it into the top six.

Award-winning author and current RNA Chairman, Eileen Ramsay, commented that the standard this year was extremely high, and A Most Deadly Affair’s premise of a heroine with exactly the same birthday as the Queen was fascinating; especially as she inherits the family business – a funeral parlour – at the same time as the Queen ascends the throne.

Adrienne is adding this achievement to a growing list of accolades. Debut novel, The Hollow Heart and follow-up, A Change of Heart were both shortlisted for awards at the Festival of Romantic Fiction 2013 and 2014 respectively whilst the conclusion of the trilogy, Secrets of the Heart will be submitted later this year.

Currently working on her new novel, Scandal of the Seahorse Hotel, Adrienne is taking a break to attend the Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) conference in New York next week.

“I am thrilled to have my work recognised, especially as many of the writers who entered are long-established, best sellers who I have always admired. It goes some way to demonstrate my writing career is moving in the right direction, keeping everything crossed – even my eyes – when I say that, of course.” She commented.                              

The Elizabeth Goudge trophy was donated by the English author and distinguished former Vice President of the Association, Elizabeth Goudge. Since 2000 it has been associated with—and presented at—the RNA‘s Annual Conference. The award is open to all RNA members attending the conference, published or unpublished. The theme of the competition is set by the chairman and varies from year to year; this year’s theme was Family Values.



Jun 23


What am I doing?


RNA logoI’m at the Romantic Novelist’s Association Conference in London from 10th – 12th July

Each year the conference offers a wide variety of talks, seminars and workshops by top authors and by publishing professionals with a wide range of interests. RNA members can network with the editors, agents and publishers who frequently drop in on our Conference, as well as learn from experts in other areas such as social media, technology and business.

Each conference also includes opportunities for readers to meet and chat with their favourite writers.

I’m at the Romance Writers of America Conference in New York City from 22nd – 25th July.rwa conf logo

The RWA Conference is the place where career-focused romance writers meet, mingle, and get down to the business of being an author. RWA 2015 Conference highlights include the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing; the Keynote speech; hearing from great speakers; book signings; and the Awards Ceremony.

Every year, writers and industry professionals come from all over the world to attend Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference.

At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate:

  • Education and information,
  • Networking with fellow writers,
  • Interaction with editors, agents, publishers, booksellers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.

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I’m hosting a Literary Lunch at The Belmont Hotel in Leicester – more details coming soon


I’m launching my next book – Scandal of the Seahorse Hotel – date to be confirmed


Jun 09

Romancing September – Blogger and book reviewer, Rosie Amber, campaigning to link more readers with writers

rosie-gardening-02-smallerI was interviewed recently by Rosie Amber a self confessed bookworm, avid reader and book reviewer

Rosie: Where is your home town?

Adrienne: I’m lucky enough to have two home towns, Leicester where I was born and Dublin where I was brought up.

Rosie: How long have you been writing romance?

Adrienne: I wrote my first novel over 20 years ago, it might yet see the light of day. The Hollow Heart was published in 2012.

Rosie: What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Adrienne: It has to be Romantic Suspense, I love intrigue and plots with turns and twists.

Rosie: Tell us about Marianne’s job.

Adrienne: She is a workaholic, campaigning journalist. She believes that a journalist’s job is seeking out the truth and righting wrongs.

Rosie: What drives Marianne to take a break from work?

Adrienne: Her personal life is in turmoil, her lovely boss is retiring and the ‘corporate suits’ are moving in. She’s discovering that although important, there is more to life than just a career.

Rosie: Where does she end up running to?

Adrienne: She has an Irish background, so heads off to a remote island off the West Coast called Innishmahon.

Rosie: Who does she meet again on the island?

Adrienne: The gorgeous, but equally troubled movie actor Ryan O’Gorman, also seeking solace somewhere far away from the bright lights of Hollywood.

Rosie: What disaster threatens the community?

Adrienne: A terrible storm. As with most natural disasters, it shows people in their true light. Marianne realises there is more to Ryan than floppy black hair and cheekbones to die for.

Rosie: Tell us what you are working on at the moment.AV with proof copy of secrets

Adrienne: The final part of the Heartfelt trilogy, Secrets of the Heart.

Rosie: What inspired you to write The Hollow Heart?

Adrienne: It was inspired by a dream, I was on holiday by the sea and dreamt I met a famous movie star in the local pub. The next morning, I rushed to the newsagents for a notebook and pen. (I still write by hand).

Rosie: What’s your favourite part of this book and why?

Adrienne: There are so many. I like the scenes in New York, such a contrast to the island. I love the seduction scene in the Tudor lodge, phew! But my favourite scene is at the end, I can feel all Marianne’s emotions; hope, trepidation and the promise of a future with the man she loves.

Rosie: What is your philosophy on writing and life?

Adrienne: If you love what you do, whatever it is, it will shine through. My grandfather told me, ‘Always aim for the moon. If you fall, you’ll land on the stars.’  That’s good enough for me.

Rosie: What are your goals for this year?

Adrienne: Finish writing my new novel Scandal of the Seahorse Hotel, and work on my short story anthology which is entitled Fur Coat and no Knickers! I’m off to the Romance Writers of America conference in New York in July – can’t wait for that!

Rosie: If you had to give one piece of advice what would it be?

Adrienne: I would not be a published writer without my colleagues in the New Romantics 4. We encourage and spur each other on. So arm yourself with some good, solid writing mates. Churchill’s quote is stuck on my computer. ‘Never, never, never, give up!’

Rosie: Where can readers find out more about you?

Adrienne: www.adriennevaughan.com or with my colleagues, the New Romantics 4 www.newromantics4.com

On facebook, Adrienne Vaughan, twitter @adrienneauthor


Jun 01

Poetry in Motion – The Hollow Heart

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Apr 24

Meeting Heroes – Bryan and Adrienne

Me and Bryan FerryThe rule is never meet your heroes, but as a writer of romantic suspense, I not only meet them, I create them, so imagine how thrilled I was when I was introduced to one of my real life heroes, the fabulous songwriter and performer Bryan Ferry. I’ve been a huge fan, forever …and he’s coming to town next month …anyone else catching the gig at De Montfort Hall? I have my ticket, can’t wait!

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