Madeline Iva (Published)
Madeline Iva survived a particularly gruesome adolescence with the help of non-stop romance reading. She writes about bold women with magical powers and the brooding heroes they encounter in her WICKED MAGIC SERIES. Madeline posts about SFF, pop culture, and all her other weird obsessions every Tuesday at LadySmut.com.
Alexa Jacobs (Published)
Alexa Jacobs is a born and raised Maryland girl who is addicted to passport stamps, post-it notes, side characters, and a good cup of tea. Her imagination was always on as a child, and her grandmother quite often warned her that one day her stories would catch up with her. With her first published novel in 2015, that’s exactly what they did. While a reader of everything, her heart loves telling contemporary stories that will make you laugh, make you cry, and remind you to hold on to your best friends. Alexa is currently living her happily ever after with two crazy kids and the prom date who had no idea what he was in for.
Laura Kaye (Published)
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, Hearts of the Anemoi, and Raven Riders series. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher (Published)
Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher writes medieval fantasy romance and is currently working on her third novel in the Aurelian Guard series. When she isn’t writing, she takes care of her family, freelances for a restaurant/hotel company, and volunteers at a local organization helping the less fortunate. Nicole lives in Northern Virginia with her two children, husband, and Tully the Dog.
Tara Kennedy is that elusive creature – the native Washingtonian (they do exist.) By day she wrangles databases and by night she writes tales of teens trying to forge their way in this world. Tara also knits, watches TV, and drinks lots and lots of tea.
Sherrilyn Kenyon (Published)
#1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, has lived an extraordinary life where she’s risen from homelessness to becoming one of the most influential authors in the world. She’s placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. And she continues to top every genre she writes in, including young adult, romance, childrens, manga, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters®, The League®, Deadman’s Cross™, Lords of Avalon® Nevermore™, Silent Swans™ and Chronicles of Nick®.
Harper Kincaid is a contemporary romantic comedy author, writing titles for Entangled Publishing including Bind Me Before You Go and her upcoming, single-title release, Love in Real Life. She has another release, due January 2018; called The Wonder of You, a reimagined, all grown up Alice-in-Wonderland meets Sex and the City tale she can’t wait to share with readers. When not writing, she adores listening to lo-fi, indie complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds) and making those close to her laugh ‘til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, but is now happily settled in the cutest lil town of Vienna, Virginia, with her wife-whisperer husband and their two girls.
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
Mindy Klasky (Published)
Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. Now, she has created more than fifteen “travel books” of her own, taking readers to new and exciting places through her light paranormal romances, category romances, and traditional fantasy novels.
Eliza Knight (Published)
Eliza Knight is the award-winning, Amazon All-Star and USA Today bestselling indie author of over 50 sizzling historical, time-travel, contemporary, and erotic romance novels, and under the name E. Knight, she pens rip-your-heart-out historical fiction. Her love of history began as a young girl when she traipsed the halls of Versailles and ran through the fields in Southern France. When not reading, writing and researching, she likes to cuddle up in front of a warm fire with her own knight in shining armor.
Skye Knight writes contemporary romances. In the daytime, she works at a cable TV network. She’s married to her college sweetheart, with whom she has one smiley daughter. All three of them are bossed around by their neurotic rescue border collie. Skye originally hails from South Carolina y’all. When not working or writing, Skye attends Washington Nationals baseball games, plays golf and tennis, practices yoga, goes on hikes, and likes to paint. Her preference is to end the day with a glass of wine in hand.
Alethea Kontis (published)
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube. Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.
Diane L. Kowalyshyn
Diane L. Kowalyshyn writes heart-hammering, tall-stake adventures—romantic suspense novels that run on high-voltage action, intrigue and intimacy. She is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend, and Seton Hill WPF MFA graduate, who, in perpetuity, survives in Toronto, Canada.
USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer currently writes fun contemporary romance for St. Martin’s Press. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up–in the Lowcountry of South Carolina–with her family. Find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com.
Tamra Lassiter writes suspense with a heavy dose of romance. Her debut novel I Take Thee to Deceive was published in September 2013. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughters. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably playing mom taxi.
Angelina M. Lopez
Angelina M. Lopez is a freelance writer and social media manager who loves ignoring the rest of her work to indulge in her passion: writing romance novels. Writing smart and sexy contemporary fiction, Angelina won the 2011 Marlene in single-title contemporary and finaled in San Francisco RWA’s 2010 Heart-to-Heart contest.
Carlene Love (Published)
Carlene Love is a fan of the stars (especially Orion), music (especially Depeche Mode), and the ocean (especially at sunset). These inspire her intimate stories. If she could touch someone’s heart with writing the way others have for her, she’d say there never lived a luckier girl. She’d love to hear from readers so feel free to drop her a line at her website.
Candy Lyons is a past president of Washington Romance Writers. She’s held chapter board positions as vice president and secretary and before that she was Marlene Awards chair. She writes paranormal romance and contemporary romance under the name Mackenzie Lucas and holds a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.