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Romance Writers’ Conference

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CandyPhotoNewCandace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Embrace and Otherworld  lines atEntangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association. Candy is our Friday Key Note Speaker and Acquiring Editor for Entangled Publishing

Karen RoseKaren Rose

RITA-winning, #1 internationally best-selling author Karen Rose earned her university degree in engineering. For years she worked as an engineer, earning two patents, but began writing romances when scenes began filling her mind and her characters would not be silenced. Her debut suspense novel, DON’T TELL, was released in 2003. Since then, she has released fifteen more novels and two novellas, her books translated into twenty-four languages. A two-time RITA® winner, five of Karen’s other titles have been RITA® finalists. Her books have hit the NYT, London Sunday Times and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists. Her sixteenth novel, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK, was released in 2014. Karen lives in Florida with her family, their two dogs and two cats.

Nalini Singh Bio Photo - 2015Nalini Singh

New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series, Nalini Singh is passionate about writing.Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. You can find out more about Nalini and her books on her website: Nalini is also on Twitter ( and Facebook (

PatriciaMcLinnPatricia McLinn

USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn’s 30-plus award-winning novels are cited for warmth, wit, and vivid characterization. In addition to romance and women’s fiction, she adds humor and romance to figuring out whodunit in her “Caught Dead in Wyoming” mystery series. She has taught writing for two decades, including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution. After B.A. and Masters degrees from Northwestern University, Patricia began a journalism career that included more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post. She is a dog-lover and an ever-hopeful gardener. She enjoys visiting with readers … but if you see her on social media too often, tell her to get back to work!

Amanda Ashby photo 2Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia and after spending the last twenty years moving country, she’s finally settled in the gorgeous Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. She writes young adult, middle grade and romance and has sold nine books to Penguin US. Her work has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award, listed on the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age and been a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist for the Australia/NZ region. She and Sara Hantz have run numerous workshops together and never ever get up to mischief.

SaraSara Hantz

Sara Hantz is an international published author of young adult and adult fiction. She has also written non-fiction as Sally Rigby. A graduate of both Manchester University and Leicester University in the UK, fourteen years ago she crossed the globe with her partner and two children to live in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing. She has been listed on the New York Public Library’s ‘Books for the Teen Age’. She has presented many writing workshops with her partner-in-crime Amanda Ashby.

Courtney Miller-Callihan head shotCourtney Miller-Callihan

Courtney Miller-Callihan joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in 2005, after several years’ working in Random House’s subsidiary rights and contracts departments. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and The Johns Hopkins University, she specializes in romance, women’s fiction, and young adult novels, and is particularly drawn to fresh and original voices, strong and smart heroines, and new takes on classic tropes. She lives in Southern California and travels frequently for meetings and conferences. Visit her agency website at or find her on Twitter @millercallihan.

headshotLindseyLindsey Stover

A native Ohioan, Lindsey graduated with a degree in English from the University of Dayton where she worked as an editor, staff writer, and writing consultant. Her passion for reading and writing carried over into her professional career as a Communications Specialist and Electronic Marketing Analyst until she recently packed up her bags and moved to the Golden State. She is now the Marketing and Editorial Manager at Tule Publishing in San Clemente, California. Lindsey enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for reading, travel, and a good cup of coffee!

16071_IMG_0009_PhotographersInc_PortraitYvonne Eve Walus

Yvonne Eve Walus is one of the tutors on, a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and a regular competition judge for the International Writers’ Workshop. Her classes vary from “How to write sentences that rock” to “How to write crime fiction”. In her spare time, Yvonne writes fiction. Her latest thriller, “Operation: Genocide” published by Stairway Press is available in ebook and paper. As Eve Summers, Yvonne has two collections of romance short stories with Splice Publishing: Sweet Somethings and Spicy Somethings.


LucyClarkLucy Clark

Lucy Clark is an international, multi-published author of over 60 romance novels with almost 20 years industry experience. She holds a Master of Arts (Writing & Literature) and is an Assistant Editor with Entangled Publishing. Lucy has conducted workshops and tutorials at both State and National levels. She has been awarded the Chapter Service award from Romance Writers of America and is a 2014 Romance Writers of Australia R*BY award winner.

New York Times bestselling romance author Mary Jo Putney was born with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure.  Her entire writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.Traditional Regencies were her first love, and she has since expanded into historical and contemporary romance, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals.  She has won numerous awards, including two RITAs from the Romance Writers of America, and in 2013 received RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Maryland, most of her stories include cats, and she loves having the opportunity to return to Middle Earth!
Cassandra Dean is an international, best-selling author in a variety of genres, including historical romance and erotic romance. Cassandra is also an Editor with Decadent Publishing and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies & Professional Writing).
She has previously presented workshops at various State based conferences and lectures regularly at the SA Writers’ Centre. ..

Darian SmithDarian Smith

Darian Smith is a writer of fantasy and contemporary fiction.  He is the winner of the SpecFicNZ/Steam Press Manuscript Competition and has been nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award on numerous occasions.  For more information, go to


Editors from Harlequin

profileshot Ann Leslie Ann Leslie Tuttle – Senior editor for HQN North America

Ann Leslie Tuttle is Senior Editor of Harlequin Nocturne and has worked with series and single title authors from across North America, Australia, the UK and South Africa. Ann Leslie has been instrumental in acquiring authors across all company imprints and has had several New York Times and USA Today bestseller placements for her authors, including Sylvia Day with Afterburn and Aftershock and Julia London with The Devil Takes a Bride. Prior to joining Harlequin in 1997, she developed her editorial skills at Charles Scribner’s Sons and got her start in publishing by editing George Washington’s correspondence for the University Press of Virginia. Ann Leslie holds a B.A. in history and English from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia. Ann Leslie is interested in acquiring original and compelling stories for Nocturne and the N.A. series lines and HQN Books. Find her on Twitter at @ann_tuttle.

Pippa For Simply Books-1  Pippa Roscoe -Associate Editor for HQN UK

Pippa Roscoe is the Associate Editor for Harlequin Presents who is so utterly inspired by the amazing love stories she devours, she has been known on occasion to ride the elevator rather than take the stairs, to hopefully one day just ‘happen’ to get stuck there with a delicious tycoon of her own. Her search is still on going, so in the meantime, she’ll fall in love each day with a new Presents hero written by our fabulous authors.






Escape Publishing

Escape Publishing

  Kate Cuthbert- Escape Publishing Harlequin

Kate Cuthbert is Managing Editor of Escape Publishing, Harlequin Australia’s digital-first line. She is also an award-winning book reviewer and critic, writing genre-focused reviews and features for national and international publications.


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