USA TODAY best-selling author Rosanne Bittner has been writing since 1979, with over 60 novels published to date. All of her books involve fictitious characters involved in real American history, especially about the Old West of the 1800's. She has won many awards and is a member of Western Writers of America, Romance Writers of America®, Women Writing the West, Oregon-California Trails Association, Mid-Michigan RWA and several historical societies. She travels often for research and to conduct writing workshops and speak for libraries. She and her husband live in southwest Michigan and have two grown sons, three grandsons and four step-grandchildren.
Rosanne's first inspirational, WHERE HEAVEN BEGINS, was awarded second place for the prestigious WILLA literary award presented by Women Writing the West! Her novel SONG OF THE WOLF received a RITA nomination from RWA®.
In April 2012, Rosanne was presented with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award for her 30+ years in writing, and RT also nominated Rosanne's novel DO NOT FORSAKE ME for Best Historical Romance for 2015 at their spring 2016 conference in Las Vegas. [/dropshadowbox]
Diane combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and romance into writing romantic fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America® as well as the Mid-Michigan, Kiss of Death, and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal RWA chapters. Besides the science fiction romance SWITCHED and OUTER RIM series, she also writes romantic suspense and mysteries. Diane and her husband live West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.
When you open a book, what do you want to find?
Escape? Entertainment? Enjoyability?
A good story gives you these things. Great fiction does even more.
Isn’t it wonderful to read a novel like that? You want to revisit those characters and stay in that world. Books need to be that satisfying.
My books reach across two sub-genres of romance: adventurous Viking romance and sparkling Georgian romance.
My Viking romances send you to another time and place: think evocative atmospheres with a dash of intrigue. As a storyteller, I work to honor historical accuracy. I love the Viking era! You find craftsmen, farmers, shipbuilders, and yes, alpha males galore. But, sometimes I need to balance the Norse hammers in my head with another era.
You’ll find my Georgian romances deliver splash and sparkle with banter, lots of banter. Complex characters are welcome…strong, diverse men and women with a mind of their own. There’s something about the 1700s that fascinates me. Maybe its the mid-century shift from exploration to the Age of Wonder, a time when scientific exploration exploded…something to read and discover.
Sometimes my passion for reading and writing takes over, but I'm blessed to have a fantastic husband who supports my writing and my “book habit.” We have two boys who understand mom’s quirky writer’s ways. Life is good…even better with a book!
Leila now resides in her native Seattle, WA, but credits her years of substitute teaching in the Comstock, Michigan, school system for the necessary research behind her Avon Flare Young Adult novel, LOVER BOY. She is also multi-published in short story form and is an avid fan of the mystery genre. She is a former president of MMRWA.
WIL A. EMERSON
2005 president of MMRWA, is a Mid-Michigan resident who lives in beautiful Canadian Lakes. The setting provides peaceful inspiration but often her characters are drawn from extensive travel throughout the U.S. and Europe.
After twenty years in the health care profession, Wil decided to pursue a long held dream to write novels for publication. She focuses on mysteries but her first success came in women's fiction--TAKING ROSIE'S ARM. She frequently contributes to Smashwords.com where you can find suspense, humor and good old fashion romance with happy endings.
Wil's creative outlet has a few arms. Never one to shy away from multitasking, she is the Emerson chef, Bar-B-Que meister and campfire tender. During some relaxed moments, she's takes up a brush for painting acrylic scenes, still-life and whimsical flowers.
Because of her interest in nursing and the medical field, Wil serves as director of a prescription assistance service. Along with several volunteers, she obtains prescribed medications for individuals without prescription insurance or have fallen into the 'low income' bracket. The work is her most satisfying endeavor.
Of course, the writer prevails, and there is always a work-in-progress!
Rohn retired from the University of Michigan as Administrator of the Applied Physics PhD Program. She also received a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing in 1995 from Eastern Michigan University, and in 1998, Vermont College awarded her a summer conference scholarship to work on her novel. Since then, she has won numerous awards for her fourteen novels, 120 short stories and 150 poems to date. Rohn's latest novel, SALOME’S CONVERSION, is now available in print and e-reader formats.
In addition to her fiction work, Rohn has also written many non-fiction articles for publication.
(Writing as DANA RANSOM, ROSALYN WEST, LAUREN GIDDINGS)
With 46 sales to her credit since her first publication in 1987, Portage, Michigan author Nancy Gideon's writing career is as versatile as the romance genre, itself (probably because she's a Gemini!) One month, it's researching the gritty existence of 1880's Texas Rangers only to jump to modern themes of intrigue and serial killers. Then it's back to the shadowy netherworlds of vampires and horror movie scripts. She's a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award-Winner for Historical Adventure and HOLT Medallion winner as well as a Waldenbooks, amazon.com and aol.com best seller. In-between, she's the former vice president and award-winning newsletter editor for Mid-Michigan RWA and is widely published in industry trade magazine. A full-time legal assistant and mother of two almost out of the nest boys, she spends her spare time taking care of a menagerie consisting of an ugly dog, a lazy cat, a tankful of pampered fish and three African clawed frogs adopted after a Scouting badge and a yard full of unruly flowers. Nancy begins her writing day at 4:30 a.m. while the family is still sleeping.
Nancy recently sold the first three books in a paranormal shapeshifter series to Pocket Books. They are scheduled for release in June, July and August of 2010!
(Writing as PATRICIA KIYONO)
During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.
She lives in West Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.
Margo Hoornstra writes contemporary romance published in both print and e-book formats. A communications specialist by trade, she has worked as a magazine editor, television producer and speech and script writer. She now enjoys the freedom to write fiction full time, always providing that happily ever after for her characters.
Margo is a founding member of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Her short stories and essays have been nationally published in Woman’s World and Country Woman magazines.
Wife to one, mother to four and grandmother to four so far, Margo is a Detroit native who couldn’t be happier now living in rural Mid-Michigan.
I’m a lifelong resident of the Blue Water Area. I’ve been a radio commercial writer, a radio voice-over artist, an INCARN astrologer, and now a romance writer. Romance Writer is the absolute best job of all. But writing romance is more than a job, isn’t it? It’s an obsession, one that everyone here knows and understands.
I started writing on January 3, 2006. I’ve got six books written, but only two indie-published so far—mainly because I’m a perfectionist who knows that a book lasts way past the author. I started writing late in my life, so I understand the value of what I’ll leave behind better. I may not leave a lot, but what I do leave will be the best I can produce.
The review of my debut novel THE SONG THAT SEDUCED PARIS (The Bel Homme Quartet – Book 1) was chosen by Kirkus Reviews to be published in their Kirkus Review magazine. I’m so clueless, I didn’t even know what an honor that is. For a book that no one liked, no one paid much attention to, one that got rejected by every major editor in the country—and my former agent Cherry Weiner can attest to that accomplishment—it was proof to me that the secret to writing success is very simple. You think I’m going to say never give up. Nope. In my opinion, the secret to success is revisions. Write it and write it and write it until it’s so good, it takes off on its own. (Although as any proud obsessor knows, giving up is never an option either.)
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.
Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page.
Lucy has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, starting with writing animals stories to read to her friends in school. By high school she had started writing a historical romance. After taking several creative writing classes in college, she started writing short stories, eventually selling 14 of them to Woman's World magazine. She joined RWA® and MMRWA in 1984 and has found the incredible support and knowledge offered from both to be priceless. She has served as chapter president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, publicity chair and co-librarian.
Lucy has been married to the same guy since 1972….,has a grown son and daughter and lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. She currently writes a monthly column, "The Pet Corner," for the Mailmax newspaper (back to writing animal stories!) and has several book length romances in various stages of completion.
Lucy's first novel, CHANCE'S RETURN, was first published in 2006 as an ebook only but is now available in both print and ebook format from Pelican Book Ventures.
Lucy also blogs at The Zeke Chronicles, which was launched to celebrate 10 years of writing The Pet Corner column!
(Writing as Alyssa Alexander)
Alyssa Alexander is a lifelong Michigander who survives the cold winters by writing romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. Her debut book, The Smuggler Wore Silk, won first place in the historical category of the 2011 MORWA Gateway to the Best contest, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick! from Romantic Times, and was nominated for the 2015 RITA® Award. Her second book, In Bed With A Spy, won third place in the 2012 Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick! from Romantic Times, and a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. Now she's busily banging away at the keyboard and laughing with her real life hero husband as they raise a couple of four-legged felines and a six-year-old boy who really is a joyful noise with dirt on it.
ELIZABETH (BETTY) MEYETTE
Author, poet, freelance writer and blogger Elizabeth Meyette published her first novel, Love’s Destiny in June 2012. She had written the historical romance 30 years earlier, but it languished in her closet during her career in education as an English teacher and Media Specialist.
Upon retiring from teaching, she dusted off Love’s Destiny, polished it up and submitted it to Crimson Romance, an imprint of F&W Media, who published it. Unlike her first novel, the sequel, Love’s Spirit took only seven months from inception to submission, and will be published as an ebook on April 22, 2013.
She has also written children’s books including The Go-to-Sleep Tree, Rise and Shine, Caroline and At Annie’s House and is hoping to publish them soon.
Elizabeth and her husband Richard live in the Great Lakes Bay area of Michigan. They have an agreement that she cannot cook on writing days after enduring burnt broccoli and overcooked chicken. Fortunately, Richard is an excellent cook. Elizabeth becomes so absorbed in her writing, crying at the sorrows of her characters, rejoicing in their triumphs, that she laughingly describes herself as a “snapdragon” at interruptions, “not like the pretty flower, but like a dragon that snaps.” She is currently working on a mystery set in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
KATHRYN SUE MOORE
(Writing as K.S. Moore)
An avid lifelong lover of the written word, I read at least a book or two a week, and on a really great vacation, five to seven. When I’m not working, reading or writing, I spend my free time enjoying the outdoors with my family, mostly at our home on a small lake in Southwest Michigan, occasionally visiting a tiny rustic hunting cabin in Colorado and every once in a while, when we’re blessed with means, a Spring break vacation in the Caribbean.
From my earliest memories I never really knew what I wanted to do. I changed majors five times in college. But after sitting down and writing my first story over the course of the summer of 2012—between a full-time-and-then-some job and two young children—now I know. I want to be an author. That first story will never be published. It has way too many speaker attributions and adverbs. And story structure? What’s that? Now I know better. But it touched my heart and that’s something.
My stories are contemporary character-driven tales of normal every-day people and the challenges we all face in real life: love, friendship, parenthood, morality, mortality, compassion, and faith. My favorite novels are those that reach down deep, wrap up my whole heart and soul, make me laugh, and cry. And those are the types of stories I want to write. I want to touch people’s lives. I want my reader to feel better, be better, love better because they read my words and took them to heart. I want to inspire, to comfort and to breathe faith and hope into anyone who may despair that they’re alone in this world.
Maris majored in art in college, but her love of books led her to write, and her love of happy endings led her to romances. She authored 25 contemporary series romances, including the giveaway book for the (then) new Harlequin Temptation line before switching to suspense (with a touch of romance).
Although she grew up in California, a red-head with blue eyes talked her into moving to Michigan (for just two years). Way too many years later, she's still living in Michigan with the same man, not too many miles away from their two grown children and young granddaughters. (But she does sneak down to Florida for the winter.) Maris is a two-time RITA finalist and a two-time winner of the Write Touch Readers' Award. Many of her books are still available as paperbacks, hardcovers, e-books, and audio.
Screenwriter, author, and former English professor, Diana Stout, MFA, Ph.D. writes full-time and enjoys helping others become better writers. People say, "She smiles when she talks about writing." She's placed and won awards in multiple genres having written romance, fiction, nonfiction, newspaper and magazine columns, plays, poetry, and screenplays, and has written for both adults and children.
She cut her romance-reading teeth on Forever Amber and Gone With the Wind. Her favorite romances are the classic, timeless tales of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders, North and South, and Return of the Native.
Diana is most proud of her ambitious literary, epic fantasy, Grendel's Mother, that became a ten-year project from start to finish. It is slated to be a presentation topic at the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies, sponsored and located at Michigan Western University.
Currently, she is working on a seven-part novella series, several screenwriting projects, a writing how-to series, and a historical drama based on a true event that took place in the 1880s.
I'm a romance author, a puppy mama, and a lover of pizza. When I'm not writing snarky, sexy love stories, I can be found binge-watching Supernatural (I'm a Dean girl), memorizing all the song lyrics ever (it's my superpower), or planning to see the world, one country at a time (Prague is next on my list).
I write love stories about characters who aren't afraid to get a little silly. Because, after all, love is a funny thing.