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Meet your Host

Sue Brown-Moore

Sue Brown-Moore is a book planning strategist & revision consultant who specializes in coaching experienced romance authors to write your best story in fewer drafts.

Known for being a tough editor with a soft touch, Sue approaches every session from a character transformation mindset, and her empathetic teaching methods break the traditional mold of plot-first story design. She is passionate about empowering writers to embrace what makes them unique and champions progressive, inclusive literature.

Sue is a former acquiring and freelance developmental editor who has collaborated on stories that have won and been nominated for publishing awards like the Vivian, the Lambda, and the Golden Heart, and she has been featured in Publisher's Weekly and LA Weekly's list of 15 Book Coaches to Watch in 2023. 

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Meet your Speakers

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Amy Lane

Award-winning romance writer

Writer, knitter, mother, wife, award-winning author Amy Lane shows her love in knitwear, is frequently seen in the company of tiny homicidal dogs, and can’t believe all the kids haven’t left the house yet. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion in the least romantic area of California, has a long-winded explanation for everything, and writes to silence the voices in her head. There are a lot of voices—she’s written over 120 books.

Beth Barany

Creativity coach for writers

Beth Barany is an award-winning novelist, master neurolinguistic programming practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers. She's also an experienced international speaker and podcaster.

Beth specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away. She runs a 12-month group coaching program to help science fiction and fantasy writers edit their manuscripts and get published. She also offers bespoke one-on-one coaching and consulting programs for science fiction and fantasy authors and other adventurous writers.

When she's not helping writers, Beth writes magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.

C.P. Rider

Urban fantasy romance author

C.P. rider is the author of urban fantasy stories for people who love slow-burn romance, irreverent humor, and dark situations.

She has worked as a decorative and mural painter, a fitness instructor, and a background investigator for nuclear power plants, all of which prepared her in strange and different ways for writing paranormal and urban fantasy romance.

C.P. is the author of twelve books, including the Austin Wolves series and the Sundance series.

Casey Harris-Parks

Romance editor

Casey was born reading and hasn't stopped since. While she will read just about any genre at least once, her one true love is the romance genre. And it's many, many subgenres. From YA to paranormal to erotic romance, Casey loves all of them.

Casey always knew she wanted a job that paid her to read all day. After realizing how difficult it would be to get a job as an editor in New York, she decided to launch her own business, Heart Full of Ink, in 2017. Seven years later, she's still living the dream. Casey has worked with New York Times bestselling authors, USA Today bestselling authors, and new authors writing their first book.

In a fun twist of fate, Casey ended up getting a job from one of the big publishers. About two years ago, Harlequin offered her a position as a freelance line editor. Of course, she said yes. 

When not reading for work or pleasure, Casey can be found in her local library, watching Netflix, or stuffing her face with cheese. Because cheese is the food of life.

Danika Bloom

USA Today bestselling romance author and the founder of Author Ever After

Danika Bloom is a USA Today bestselling romance author and the founder of Author Ever After, a community membership were she supports pre-published romance writers to finish and strategically indie-publish their first romance novels during weekly small group coaching calls and masterminds.

Deborah Wilde

Urban fantasy romance author

Deborah Wilde is a global wanderer and hopeless romantic. After twelve years as a screenwriter, she was also a total cynic with a broken edit button, so, she jumped ship, started writing funny, sexy, urban fantasy and paranormal women’s fiction novels, and never looked back.

She loves writing smart, flawed, wisecracking women who can solve a mystery, kick supernatural butt, banter with hot men, and still make time for their best female friend, because those were the women she grew up around and admired. Granted, her grandmother never had to kill a demon at her weekly friend lunches, but Deborah is pretty sure she could have.

tl;dr Pick up a Deborah Wilde book and enjoy magic, sparks, and snark!

Gail Carriger

New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series

Gail Carriger has multiple NYT bestsellers and millions of books in print in dozens of different languages. She writes book hugs—comedies of manners mixed with steampunk, urban fantasy, or sci-fi (and cozy queer joy as GL Carriger).

She is best known for the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

Heather G. Harris

Internationally best-selling urban fantasy author

Heather G. Harris is blessed to be a full-time time author. Before she hit publish she used to be a lawyer, but creating her own worlds is infinitely more fun.

Heather is in her late thirties, and she lives in the UK with her husband, their three children and a Great Dane called Sierra. Fun fact about Heather, she used to skydive, but now most of the action in Heather's life is on the page.

Heather writes urban fantasy because she would love to live in a world where magic is real. Heather's urban fantasy stories have a heady mix of mystery, action, humour and of course... romance!

Hollie Smurthwaite

Paranormal romantic suspense author

Hollie Smurthwaite is the paranormal romantic suspense author of The Psychic Colors Series. The Color of Trauma, the first book in the series, was the winner of the 2020 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project in adult fiction.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and too few pets. She is active in the writing community as a member of Off-Campus Writers' Workshop, Sisters in Crime, Chicago Writers Association, and a co-organizer for Just Write Chicago, a writer’s Meetup group.

Ines Johnson

Multi-six figure author of over 100 kissing books

Lover of fairytales, folklore, and mythology, Ines Johnson spends her days reimagining the stories of old in a modern world. She writes books where damsels cause the distress, princesses wield swords, and moms save the world.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.

Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

Janice Hardy

Award-winning author & founder of Fiction University

Janice Hardy is the award-winning author and founder of the popular writing site Fiction University, where she helps writers improve their craft and navigate the crazy world of publishing. Her blog has been recognized as a Top Writing Blog by both Writer’s Digest and The Write Life, and she teaches writing workshops across the country.

She’s written multiple books on writing, including her bestselling "Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It)," "Understanding Conflict (And What It Really Means)," "Plotting Your Novel: Ideas and Structure," and the Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft series.

Her novels include the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars ("The Shifter," "Blue Fire," and "Darkfall") from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. For adults, she writes the Grace Harper urban fantasy series under the name, J.T. Hardy, and is currently working on a science fiction detective series (also for adults).

She loves talking with writers and readers, and encourages questions of all types—even the weird ones.

Jennifer Hilt

USA Today bestselling author of The Trope Thesaurus Series

Jennifer Hilt is a USA Today Bestselling author of The Trope Thesaurus, a five book series. She has written twenty-four books across four pen names plus her urban fantasy series: The Undead Detective. She works as a plotter and concept creator.

With degrees in linguistics and literature, Jennifer loves talking story development. She also collects dictionaries in unfamiliar languages, binges scandi-noir series, and shouts out tropes from the comfort of her couch. Visit her website for info on her upcoming events, classes and workshops.

Jennifer Morris

Creator & director of the Coastal Magic Convention

Jennifer is a fan of all things creative. She is currently a Floral Designer in a local flower shop and has been a book blogger and book club leader for many years. She has been a volunteer in Registration and on the Urban Fantasy Track staff at DragonCon for 12 years, and is in the 13th year as the creator/director of the Coastal Magic Convention author/reader weekend in Daytona Beach, FL. 

Through it all, there is always music playing. Weekly paper planning, her most recent creative endeavor, is an attempt to remember and organize ALL OF THE THINGS.

Jessica Snyder

Romance editor and author coach

Jessica Snyder is a romance editor, author coach, and host of The HEA Club, a community for romance authors. Her clients, who range from New York Times-bestselling authors to pre-published writers, appreciate her combination of honesty, kindness, snark and market knowledge to support their career growth.

She leverages a background that includes three decades of romance reading, over ten years working in the publishing industry, military service and a lifelong love of language to help romance authors happily ever after.

Joey W. Hill

Multi-award-winning author of BDSM romance books

A submissive herself, Hill brings authenticity to her emotional BDSM love stories. With over fifty titles and seven series, her contemporary and paranormal romances feature everything from billionaires, bikers, SEALs, firefighters, cops and housemaids, to vampires, mermaids, witches and angels.

Joey W. Hill has received multiple publisher, reader and industry awards throughout her career, including the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in Erotic Romance, the Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion, and the RT Book Reviewer's Choice Award. Her book, Natural Law, was included in the summer romance reading program at DePaul University for several years. She was keynote speaker at the BDSM Writers Conference in NYC and has conducted many workshops on writing BDSM romance.

Visit her at storywitch.com for her email and social media links. She loves to hear from readers!

Kait Ballenger

Award-winning author of cowboy wolf shifter romances

Kait Ballenger is the award-winning author of the The Seven Range Shifter and Rogue Brotherhood paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales of dark, sexy heroes and the independent women who bring them to their knees.

When Kait’s not preoccupied writing “intense and riveting” paranormal plots or “high-voltage” love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons.

Lea Kirk

USA Today bestselling author of SciFi Romance

USA Today Bestselling Author Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction romance. She's the author of the award-winning Prophecy series, and the Intergalactic Dating Agency's Silverstar Mates series, an SFR rom-com series featuring silver fox heroines and heroes.

She's an avid fan of the original Star Trek series, Star Trek Voyager, Star Wars, the original Battlestar Galactica, Resident Alien, and a plethora of other sci-fi movies, TV programs, and books.

Fun fact: She's also proud of her seven-times great-grandson, James T. Apparently her stories will serve as the inspiration for him to join Star Fleet Academy. She learned this in the 1980's when James sought out her counsel on where to find a pair of humpback whales. (Yeah, that part hit the cutting room floor before the movie was released. Go figure.) That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Leslye Penelope

Award-winning fantasy author & podcaster

Leslye Penelope is the award-winning author of the Earthsinger Chronicles. The first book in the series, Song of Blood & Stone, was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science at Howard University and sometimes dreams in HTML.

She hosts the My Imaginary Friends podcast, co-hosts the Ink & Magic podcast, and lives in Maryland with her feline dependents. Join her newsletter for writers at https://myimaginaryfriends.net.

Paula Judith Johnson

Award-winning historical romance author

Paula Judith Johnson is an entrepreneur and the author of four steamy romance novels. Two of her books were finalists in the Book Excellence Awards Historical Romance category in 2020 and 2021. Sweetbriar: A Love Triangle Romance and Brewer’s Betrothal: A Love Triangle Romance, respectively.

Since 2021, she has mentored new romance authors through the Romance Writers of America RAMP program and guided both budding and experienced romance authors through her Seductive Storylines: Crafting Irresistible Romances course.

Now, Paula Judith is the creator and hostess of the Writing Romance Mastery Summits, where you can learn about writing, publishing, and marketing your romance novels.

Rebecca Hunter

Writing professor & award-winning romance author

Rebecca Hunter is an award-winning author, reader, traveler, writing professor, chocolate lover, and keeper of a very messy desk. She writes witty, sexy stories about complex characters and intriguing destinations.

Her books have won the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award (NERFA) and the HOLT Medallion contest, and her debut with the Harlequin Dare line earned a starred review from Library Journal. She is the 2021 winner of Romance Writers of America's VIVIAN Award in the Erotic Romance category and a cohost of Kiss & Tell Literary Salon, a collaboration with Books Inc., Alameda.

Stacy Juba

Author, developmental editor, & founder of Shortcuts For Writers

Stacy Juba, a seasoned author and freelance editor, takes the writing and editing tips she learned in the trenches and simplifies them for her clients and students. As the founder of Shortcuts for Writers, she empowers writers by offering them the tools and resources they need to succeed.

With a wealth of experience in the publishing industry spanning three decades, Stacy published her first novel at age eighteen. Since then, she has published sweet and sassy romantic comedies, mysteries featuring determined women sleuths, and fast-paced young adult novels. Her books have secured positions such as #5 and #11 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List.

In addition to her own writing, Stacy offers freelance editing services, where she draws upon her keen attention to detail and story instincts to help authors refine their manuscripts. She is a creator of online courses, including Book Editing Blueprint, Time Management Blueprint for Writers, the Energize Your Writing Toolkit, Perfect Your Plot, Oracle Cards for Writers, Book Blurbs Made Simple, and more. Stacy is also an award-winning journalist who has published over 3,000 articles in newspapers and magazines.

Steff Green

USA Today bestselling author of kooky, spooky romance (writing as Steffanie Holmes)

Under her pen name Steffanie Holmes, Steff is the USA Today bestselling author of kooky, spooky paranormal, cozy fantasy, and gothic romance novels. Her books feature clever, witty heroines, secret societies, quirky villages where nothing is as it seems, creepy old mansions, and alpha males who always get what they want.

Legally-blind since birth, Steffanie received the 2017 Attitude Award for Artistic Achievement. She was also a finalist for a 2018 Women of Influence award.
She is the creator of the Rage Against the Manuscript podcast, and the mini-course for pantsers called 'Writing Your Novel With the Skeleton Draft.'

Steffanie lives in New Zealand with her husband, a horde of cantankerous cats, and their medieval sword collection.

Tamara Ford

Podcaster host & book club leader

Tamara's a corporate Baddie passionate about books and pop culture. By day, she tackles the business world, but by night, she unleashes her creativity.

For over a decade, she's shared her love of reading through Shelf Addiction (the podcast is nominated for Podcast of the Year in this year's 16th AAMBC Literary Awards!) and the Shelf Addiction Book Club (450+ members strong!). Expect lively book discussions, insightful author and narrator interviews, and deep dives into the bookish world.

But Tamara doesn't stop there! She's also the host of The Recap! TWDU, a podcast dedicated to dissecting all things The Walking Dead Universe.

When she's not reading or obsessing over pop culture, Tamara enjoys indulging in decadent experiences – think delicious food, fine wine, adventurous travel, and perfectly crafted Cosmos!

Tere Michaels

Romance writer & developmental editor

Tere Michaels writes happily ever afters in the big city – with heaps of snark, angst, and humor. Her focus is on characters and all the ridiculous ways they trip through life and love. She has written sixteen books, including her popular Faith, Love & Devotion series, and The Vigilante superhero saga. She has two new series: Broadway or Bust, and The Love Broker. Her most recent book is “Whisk-y Business.” 

She has been presenting workshops on the writing process for ten years. She has taught at the RT Booklovers Convention, Liberty States Create Something Magical Conference, and RWA online classes, and done presentations and workshops for chapters of RWA, Liberty States, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers of America. She taught and managed the RT Booklovers Convention Boot Camp. She is a plot whisperer/consultant/developmental editor and teaches frequently at SavvyAuthors.

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