2021 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Nalini Singh is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series of paranormal romances. The first book in the Psy-Changeling series, Slave to Sensation, was named as one of the New York Public Library’s 125 books from the last 125 years that inspire a lifelong love of reading.

She also writes New Zealand-set thrillers, the most recently released of which is Quiet in HerBones. Publishers Weekly calls it “a lushly written, multilayered mystery that will keep readers guessing.”

Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, Nalini was first published in 2003. Her books are available in print, audio, and ebook, and have sold over seven million copies worldwide. They have also been translated into multiple languages, including German, French, Italian, and Turkish. Her next release is titled Last Guard (July 2021). You can find her online at: www.nalinisingh.com

Jay Hogan is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand. She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She’s travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor. Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel.

Anne Malcom is the bestselling author of dark and gritty contemporary romance. She has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth. As she grew up, her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular, gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon.

Raised in small-town New Zealand, Anne had a truly special childhood, growing up in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. She has backpacked across Europe, ridden camels in the Sahara, eaten her way through Italy, and had all sorts of crazy adventures. Anne has recently returned to NZ after COVID derailed her life overseas and she’s excited to become part of our kiwi writing community. 

Jayne Castel writes award-winning epic Historical and Fantasy Romance. She has written a number of Amazon best-selling series set in Ancient and Medieval Scotland. Her vibrant characters, richly researched historical settings, and action-packed adventure romance transport readers to forgotten times and imaginary worlds. 

When she’s not writing, Jayne is reading (and re-reading) her favorite authors, cooking Italian feasts, and going for long walks with her husband, Tim—who is also her long-suffering editor! Jayne lives in Dunedin, in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island.