2019 International Speakers

International Speakers

Sophie Jordan (https://www.sophiejordan.net/ )

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s an international, New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today bestselling author with over thirty books to her credit and one film option in the works. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

Laura Kaye ( https://laurakayeauthor.com/ )

Laura Kaye is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of forty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense in the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, Warrior Fight Club, and Blasphemy series and has sold more than one million books in the U.S. alone.

Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes New York Times bestselling historical women’s fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad German shepherd, Schuyler.

Amy Andrews (amyandrews.com.au/ )

Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling, Aussie author who has written seventy plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. Her debut novel hit the shelves in 2005 and, in 2018, she became a double RITA finalist. Her books bring all the feels from sass, quirk and laughter to emotional grit and panty-melting heat. She loves good books and great booze although she’ll take mediocre booze if there’s nothing else. For many, many years she was a registered nurse which means she knows things. Anatomical things. And she’s not afraid to use them!

Amy has a long association with RWAustralia. She’s twice served on the national executive where she did everything from secretary to two time conference coordinator, to vice president and finally two years as president. In 2014, after many years of advising/mentoring emerging romance authors, she started a manuscript assessment service, Word Witchery, with fellow Harlequin author Anna Cleary. She now runs it solo, juggling manuscripts with her writing schedule.

AT the beginning of 2018 she swapped her tree change for a sea change and now gets to stare at the mighty Pacific Ocean as she writes her happily ever afters.

Melissa Storm (https://www.melstorm.com/)

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. Writing is her way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us. So, of course, Melissa’s USA Today bestselling fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run a number of book-related businesses together, including LitRing, Sweet Promise Press, Novel Publicity, Your Author Engine, and the Author Site. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of a seemingly unending quantity of dogs and a rescue cat named Schrödinger.

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