President, Kim Law
Kim Law wrote her first story, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in elementary school. Although it was never published, it was enough to whet her appetite for a career in writing. First, however, she would try her hand at a few other passions: baton twirling, softball, and music, to name a few. Voted Bookworm and Most Likely to Succeed in high school, she went on to earn a college degree in mathematics. Law spent years working as a computer programmer and raising her son, and she now devotes her time and energy to writing romance novels (none of which feature talking raisins). She is a past winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and currently serves as president for her local RWA chapter. A native of Kentucky, she lives with her husband in Middle Tennessee.
Visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kimlawauthor
President-Elect, Gretchen Stull
New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Stull was feverishly writing her Master’s thesis (on zombies!) when her mother shoved a paranormal romance novel into her hands. The book came with strict instructions to take a break from research and read something for fun. A mere 416 pages later, Gretchen was hooked. She finished her thesis, collected her degree, moved to Nashville, and promptly traded academic and nonfiction writing for the wonderful world of genre fiction. Gretchen has held a variety of jobs, from film critic to public speaking instructor to door-to-door knife salesperson, but writing has always been her passion. She now writes paranormal romance and steampunk. Please visit her blog atgretchenstull.blogspot.com.
Vice President of Programming, CJ Redwine
C.J. Redwine loves stilettos, lemon bars, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband, four kids, two cats, and one long-suffering dog. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at http://cjredwine.blogspot.com/
Secretary, Dana Brantley-Sieders
Dana is a professional lab rat by day and a bookworm, well, all the time. She spends way too much money feeding her addiction to contemporary, paranormal, and urban fantasy romance, and hopes to offset the costs by selling her own work.
Writing as D.B. Sieders, her stories feature underdog heroes and heroines who face a healthy dose of angst as they strive for redemption and a happily ever after, which everyone deserves. Her Nashville-based dark urban fantasy novel was a finalist in the 2012 William Faulker-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in Novels and Narrative Nonfiction.
She looks forward to her debut, coming from Lyrical Press next summer. You can find her online at www.dbsieders.com.
Treasurer, Monica McCabe
Adventuring is in Monica McCabe’s blood. She has explored places like Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Montana, Mexico, and St. Lucia. She’s climbed glaciers and ancient Mayan pyramids, dived shipwrecks and reef caves, camped in Sasquatch country, and drove across the USA three times. Currently she’s working on gathering as many official stamps in her National Park Passport as she can. When not traveling she’s writing romantic adventure and young adult books, pens articles as Adventure Girl, enjoys research way too much, and secretly wishes to ditch the day job and write full-time, except then she couldn’t afford all that travel.
PRO Liaison, Rae Ann Parker
Rae Ann Parker is a clinical social worker only working with fictional characters now. She presents writing workshops on social work-y topics like birth order and blogs with the SCBWI-Midsouth blog team at regional conferences.
Rae Ann writes young adult fiction.
Please visit her website at www.raeannparker.com.
Newsletter Editor, Charlotte Margolis
In a small town in South Arkansas, Charlotte grew up surrounded by dozens of aunts, uncles & cousins. As a teenager, she spent hours on the banks of Bradshaw’s Pond with pen and paper in one hand and a fishing pole in the other, stealing a little solitude and making up stories about life in the big city.
As an adult surrounded by kids and grandkids of her own, Charlotte still carries pen and paper wherever she goes, but her stories have changed from big city lights to historical romance and small town life. Visit her blog at www.mywritersattic.blogspot.com.
Member At Large, Joy Dent
Although published in music, art, and the Christian non-fiction market, it was the empty nest that turned Joy to writing romantic fiction. Joy pens sweet contemporary romances as Darcy Flynn and is published with Soul Mate Publishing. Her debut novel, Keeper Of My Heart, unfolds in a small Maryland fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay.
Joy, a former Mrs. Tennessee, lives on a beautiful horse farm in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, son, and a menagerie of living creatures. Joy enjoys stargazing, raising rare breed chickens, and gardening. You can find Joy online at email@example.com. @darcyflynn or www.darcyflynnromances.com
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