Elizabeth SaFleur is an erotic romance author and recovering public relations practitioner who writes under a pseudonym since her former business clients might be shocked at her new career choice. She wrote the Elite Doms of Washington contemporary erotic romance series, after a thirty-year career serving D.C. clients. Today Elizabeth shares twenty-eight, wildlife-filled acres in Central Virginia with her husband and dog.
Amy lives and writes on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her first book was a self-published children’s book about crabbing with her grandfather. Her romantic suspense, A Place to Call Home, was published in 2014 and takes place near Baltimore. Her mystery, Picture Me, was released in August of 2015 and is now available in stores and online.
Kathleen Gilles Seidel (Published)
Kathleen Gilles Seidel has published 14 contemporary romances and has won many romance-market awards, including two RITAs. She has a Ph.D. in English literature from Johns Hopkins and was the second chairman of WRW.
Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance who spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is. For as long as she can remember, she has been in love with Love, and the sweeping grand gestures, heart-sighing moments, fiery passion, and quiet comforts it entails. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies. She lives in Philadelphia with her very own Superhero, and believes life should be lived with laughter, enthusiasm, and a sense of wonder.
By day, Lynne lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She holds an undergraduate degree in American Literature and a Masters in Education. She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand. Lynne currently sits on the WRW Board and was 2011 WRW Retreat Chair.
Karen Rose Smith (Published)
After writing romances for twenty years (over 80 books published), Karen Rose Smith is excited to see her home-stager mystery series released this year. Her sleuth reflects many of her interestsinterior decorating, cooking, retro fashion, gardening and, most of all, taking in stray animals. Married to her college sweetheart, Karen has convinced her husband that felines can make purr-fect housemates. They share their home in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania with their three rescued cats.
Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She lives in Northern Virginia with her family and one big scaredy cat, where she loves to collect coffee mugs and spend time with friends when she isn’t writing romance.
Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. She’s a California girl at heart, but currently lives with her husband and two fearsome wildlings in Southern Maryland. She’s currently published by Loveswept and Entangled, and is represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her eating ice cream, drinking wine, or watching Game of Thrones (sometimes all at the same time.)
Mary Strand practiced corporate law in a large Minneapolis firm for 16 years before escaping to write novels. The very first novel she wrote, Cooper’s Folly, won RWA’s Golden Heart award and recently became Mary’s very first sale, expected to be published by Bell Bridge Books in 2014. Mary writes women’s fiction and young adult novels, has a husband and two cute kidlets, and lives for sports, music, travel, and burgers from Five Guys.