Romance Writers of America

Get ready, because this blog post is going to blow up your reading list.
Last week I had the great and terrifying pleasure of attending the Romance Writers of America National Conference. There is such a wide range of romance authors, which made for such interesting conversation. Contemporary (that’s me!), historical, paranormal, erotic, sweet, cowboy, military, young adult – you name it, there is a romance book for it. I love that.
First up, the phenomenal Beverly Jenkins, who delivered the keynote speech at breakfast on Thursday morning. She rocked the room with a powerful speech about the history of women’s stories. And she was funny as hell. She delivered the now infamous line,


Life wisdom, yo.
The conference days were filled with educational workshops on all aspects of the author life: writing, editing, lifestyle, marketing, and more. I learned so much from some giants of the industry, such as Sylvia Day, Barbara Freethy, Roxanne St. Clair, Brenna Aubrey. The one and only Nora Roberts was there, but unfortunately I did not get to see her.
One night I had cocktails with my new pals Ember Casey, Renna Peak, and Mia West. Ember and Renna co-write a romance series, and it was really fun learning how their collaborative process works. Mia West and I are contributing to an anthology together, and she definitely won the award for the best book swag at the conference. I can’t wait to spend more time with all of them.
Earlier this month, I met author Linda Seed at the Cambria Author event. We hit it off immediately and I was so glad to see her again at RWA. We went for dinner and cocktails right on the harbor on the final night and I could have talked to her all night long. She’s written a series about Cambria, so we have a lot to talk about!
I spent some time with the beautiful and hilarious Tracy Reed. She made me laugh a lot, and is super generous with her wisdom. Tracy belongs to my local RWA chapter, so I’m looking forward to more good times with her.
I came home with a stack of books and lots of new friends. There were like a million people and those kinds of crowds freak me out a bit. But the time with other writers was wonderful. I do love talking to writers about writing.
Have you read any of the authors I mentioned above? Tell me what you are reading lately!

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