2019 RWNZ Member Speakers

These fabulous RWNZ members will be sharing their experiences and wisdom with us in 2019:

Bronwyn Sell. 

 Bronwyn Sell is a Qantas Award-winning journalist, bestselling non-fiction author and RITA-award-winning romance novelist (under her pen name, Brynn Kelly). She’s worked in the media for 25 years, as a newspaper and magazine journalist, feature writer, editor, book reviewer, blogger, travel and lifestyle writer, foreign correspondent, and subeditor. She’s also been a PR and marketing consultant and copywriter, a speechwriter, a media trainer, a TV publicist, and a copy-editor and proofreader for big-five publishers. Currently, she’s a senior sub-editor at New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. Between her media work and author life, she has extensive experience on both sides of interviewing. 

Charmaine Ross (www.charmaineross.com) 

 Charmaine’s been working in the design, marketing, communication industry for over 25 years. She decided to extend her passion for writing into book design, advertising and marketing where she has accumulated all of her knowledge in this specialised area. She hopes that with her industry knowledge, as well as personal experience, she can help people with the tools they need to effectively market their own books in an easy to understand way, and hopefully provide a couple of laughs along the way. 

 Iola Goulton (www.iolagoulton.com) 

Iola Goulton   is a book reviewer and freelance fiction editor with a degree in marketing and a background in human resource consulting. Iola edited Then There Was You by Kara Isaac, which won the 2018 RITA Award from Romance Writers of America (Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements).  

Iola has completed writing and editing courses with Lawson Writer’s Academy, Michael Hague, Author Accelerator, and the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. When she’s not working, Iola is usually reading or writing her next book review. Iola lives in the beautiful Bay of Plenty with her husband, two teenagers, and one cat. 


 Jackie Ashenden (www.jackieashenden.com) 

 Jackie writes dark, emotional contemporary romance with alpha heroes who’ve just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.  

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, one cat and one dog. When she’s not torturing alpha males and their gutsy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, wasting time on social media, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband. 

Michelle Somers (www.michelle-somers.com) 

 Michelle Somers – professional killer, matchmaker, storyteller and romantic. Words are her power and passion. Her heroes and heroines always get their happy-ever-after, but they’ll go through one hell of a journey to get there.   

Her debut novel  Lethal in Love  won the RW of Australia’s Valerie Paarv Award before publication, then the Romantic Book of the Year in 2016. The first in her non-fiction  Simply Writing Series,  Simply Synopsis, was born soon after.   

Michelle lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her real-life hero and three little heroes in the making. And Emerald, a black furry feline who thinks she’s a dog. 

Soraya M. Lane (www.sorayalane.com ) 

 Amazon Charts bestselling author Soraya M. Lane graduated with a law degree before realising that law wasn’t the career for her and that her future was in writing! She is the author of historical women’s fiction for Lake Union (Amazon Publishing) and contemporary romance for St. Martins Press, and her most recent novel, Hearts of Resistance, was an Amazon #1 bestseller. Soraya lives on a small farm in New Zealand with her family and an ever-growing collecting of four legged friends!


Natalie Anderson (www.natalie-anderson.com ) 

USA TODAY bestselling author Natalie Anderson writes emotional contemporary romance full of sparkling banter, sizzling heat and uplifting endings—perfect for readers who love to escape with empowered heroines and arrogant alphas who are too sexy for their own good. With over three million books sold, her stories are translated into more than a dozen languages. She’s published with Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing, Penguin NZ and independently. She lives with her husband and four children in Christchurch, New Zealand.  

Zana Bell (www.zanabell.com) 

 Zana Bell has had six novels published internationally across a range of genre. Her short stories have been published anthologies, in literary journals and broadcast on National Radio. Her articles – both academic and of general interest – have also been published both nationally and internationally.   

Her work has attracted a number of awards and grants including the National Koru Award for Long Fiction (2015) and a Vice Chancellors Scholarship (AUT).  She has a PhD in Creative Writing and tutors on the New Zealand Diploma in Creative Writing.