The Next Big Thing
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Set your heart beating and pulse racing with this month’s focus on romance writing. With tales of gently-unfurling love, smouldering bodice rippers or bittersweet might-have-beens, these stories could be the sensual awakening or romantic indulgence you’ve been yearning for.
Daniel de Lorne writes dark tales of ruin, romance and redemption. He holds an Honours degree for his creative writing work on vampires, just one headstone in his lifelong fascination with the macabre and gothic. His first published novel – the gay romantic horror Beckoning Blood – was released by Escape Publishing in 2014, with the sequel, Burning Blood, released in 2015.
Chloë Reeson is a non-binary writer and editor raised in Queensland and living in Melbourne. They co-created and wrote Homecoming Queens, appearing on SBS On Demand. Their fiction and essays have appeared with publications such as the Lifted Brow, Yen Magazine, Stilts, Overland, Voiceworks and Bumf.
Suneeti Rekhari writes romance novels for her mostly swooning teenage self. After completing her PhD in Sydney, she moved to Melbourne where she works at a university and lives with her Sunshine family. Her first novel, The Lost Souls Dating Agency was published in 2015 by Escape Publishing. She is working on a sequel, but is usually found chasing her toddler and experimenting with recipes for unsuspecting family and friends.
Sunni Overend is a graphic design grad, and the daughter of the late, award-winning children's author Jenni Overend. She worked briefly in creative advertising before building an online fashion store, concurrently writing two women's fiction manuscripts. In 2013 she sold her online store and merged her areas of expertise to self-publish her first novel, March.
New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.
A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.
Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.