International Speakers

International Speakers

Kristen Lamb – Friday Full Day Workshop and Weekend Speaker

Kristen Lamb is the author of the top resource for author branding in the digital age, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. 

Kristen has guided writers of all levels, from unpublished green peas to NY Times best-selling big fish, on how to use social media to create a solid platform and brand. Most importantly, Kristen helps authors of all levels connect to their READERS and then maintain a relationship that grows into a long-term fan base. She is the C.E.O. of WANA International and the founder of WANATribe, the social network for writers.

Christie Craig (C.C. Hunter) – Weekend Speaker

Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is a NY Times bestselling author, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher.  She has shared an audio file of her workshop at RWA NY called The Christie Craig  – Polish Me Pretty – 5 Tips to take your Writing to the next level. Go and have a listen…

Her romance fiction is widely acclaimed for combining witty humour and heart-felt emotions with a suspenseful, sexy tone. She currently hangs her hat in Texas and writes for Grand Central/Forever. Her backlist titles are available wherever e-books are sold. Check out her website and blog at www.christie-craig.com and her Blog

Craig also writes the New York Times and USA Today best-selling young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls, published by St. Martin’s Press/Griffin under her pen name C.C. Hunter. You can learn more about C.C.’s books at her website

In addition, Craig writes romance-flavoured non-fiction with Faye Hughes, including The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel, a humorous self-help relationship book. You can learn more about Christie’s books with Faye at www.WritewithUs.net.

Kylie Scott – Weekend and Workshop speaker

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of gritty contemporary romance. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
You can learn more about Kylie on her website.

Anne Gracie – Weekend Workshop Speaker

Anne Gracie writes fun, heartwarming regency-era romances for Berkley, USA. She’s a national bestselling author in the USA, a five time RITA finalist and her books have won a number of awards, both in the USA and Australia. Her books have been translated into 17 languages. In 2016 she was voted “Favorite Australian Romance Author”.
Visit Anne’s website

Sue Grimshaw – Category and Specialist and Editor at Large for Penguin Random House NY

Sue Grimshaw actively acquires for the Penguin-Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine
Bantam Dell, Loveswept and Flirt lines in New York. Previously, Sue was employed as Romance Buyer for Borders and Waldenbooks stores for almost sixteen years.

Sue works with New York Times bestselling authors Virna DePaul, Tracy Wol, and Ruthie Knox, to name a few, and USA Today bestselling authors Stacey Kennedy, Tina Wainscott, Mira Lyn Kelly, Tina Leonard, Bronwen Evans, Maggie McGinnis and many more talented writers. And she’s still acquiring!

Sue is a recipient of the prestigious Vivian Stephens Industry Award from the Romance Writers of America. Other honours include the Melinda Helfer Award from the Romantic Times organization, and the Romcon Champion Award as well as many other RWA chapter group recognitions and corporate awards for excellence. Sue is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry and truly enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Romance genre.

Jessica Watterson – Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Jessica has been an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency since 2014.

A graduate of the University of California at Irvine, Jessica has immersed herself in books and literature from the time she could first read. While in college, she started an indie review blog that has featured author interviews and reviewed several self-published books that eventually ended up on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Jessica is always on the hunt for new and diverse voices, and is most interested in all genres of romance. For historical romance, she favors settings in America, Scotland, or somewhere outside of the traditional Regency setting.

In the contemporary sphere, she loves novels with strong characters that jump off of the page and stay with you long after you have finished the book.

In paranormal romance, she is looking for anything unusual and unique, vampires need not apply.

In regards to romantic suspense, it takes something different and edgy to capture her attention, and she greatly enjoys anything Kristen Ashely has written in this genre.

She also loves Women’s Fiction that concerns itself with elements of life that can greatly change one’s perspective and outlook on cultures and experiences.

On the YA side, Jessica is looking for just about anything that aligns itself with fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, lgbtq reads, #ownvoices, and of course a bit of romance thrown in is never a bad thing in her opinion.

She is also interested in author illustrated picture books that capture the fun and joy of reading between adults and children.

Jessica’s sales include: Amber Lynn Natusch’s Dare to Tell a Lie (Tor Teen), Katie Ruggle’s Christmas Search and Rescue/K9 novel (Sourcebooks), Jade Chandler’s Brotherhood Investigations (Carina Press), Dawn Luedecke’s Montana Mountain Series (Lyrical/Kensington), Debbie Burns Rescue Me Series(Sourcebooks), Emily Alibright’s Everyday Magic (Merit Press).

Please note that Jessica is specifically not interested in: middle grade, non-fiction, memoir, cookbooks, poetry, short stories, screenplays, self-help, or religious/spiritual books.

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