Madeline Iva (Published)
Madeline Iva found her way to publishing steamy romance through starting a blog called LadySmut.com. Two years in, they have an anthology coming out, and post about culture, sex, and romance seven days a week. When Madeline is not researching sexsomnia or other fascinating topics for her next work in progress, she organizes romance panels for LOVE FEST–a day of romance panels at Virginia Festival of the Book.
Kathryn Johnson (Published)
Kathryn Johnson, founder of Write by You (www.writebyyou.com), an author’s mentoring and editorial service based in Silver Spring, Maryland. She writes under her own name as well as Mary Hart Perry (past aka’s include Kathryn Jensen, Nicole Davidson, and KM Kimball), and is the author of over 40 novels sold to major U.S. and foreign publishers, her most recent being the first in a series of Victorian thrillers, The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Defiant Daughter, launched in August, 2012. An inspiring teacher for The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and national conference speaker, she has served as judge on the Edgar Awards Committee for the Mystery Writers of America and is Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic region of the MWA.
Laura Kaye (Published)
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, Hearts of the Anemoi, and Raven Riders series. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher (Published)
Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher writes medieval fantasy romance and is currently working on her third novel in the Aurelian Guard series. When she isn’t writing, she takes care of her family, freelances for a restaurant/hotel company, and volunteers at a local organization helping the less fortunate. Nicole lives in Northern Virginia with her two children, husband, and Tully the Dog.
Tara Kennedy is that elusive creature – the native Washingtonian (they do exist.) By day she wrangles databases and by night she writes tales of teens trying to forge their way in this world. Tara also knits, watches TV, and drinks lots and lots of tea.
Born in California and raised in South Florida, Ms. Kincaid spent most of her adult life moving like a gypsy with a bounty on her head. Along the way, she earned an MA in Gender History and an MSW in Social Work and now blissfully writes erotic contemporary romance. Her first novel, Rule Breaker, is due out in February, 2015.
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
Mindy Klasky (Published)
Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. Now, she has created more than fifteen “travel books” of her own, taking readers to new and exciting places through her light paranormal romances, category romances, and traditional fantasy novels.
Skye Knight writes contemporary romances. In the daytime, she works at a cable TV network. She’s married to her college sweetheart, with whom she has one smiley daughter. All three of them are bossed around by their neurotic rescue border collie. Skye originally hails from South Carolina y’all. When not working or writing, Skye attends Washington Nationals baseball games, plays golf and tennis, practices yoga, goes on hikes, and likes to paint. Her preference is to end the day with a glass of wine in hand.
Alethea Kontis (published)
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube. Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.
Diane L. Kowalyshyn
Diane L. Kowalyshyn writes heart-hammering, tall-stake adventures—romantic suspense novels that run on high-voltage action, intrigue and intimacy. She is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend, and Seton Hill WPF MFA graduate, who, in perpetuity, survives in Toronto, Canada.
USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer currently writes fun contemporary romance for St. Martin’s Press. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up–in the Lowcountry of South Carolina–with her family. Find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com.
Tamra Lassiter writes suspense with a heavy dose of romance. Her debut novel I Take Thee to Deceive was published in September 2013. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughters. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably playing mom taxi.
Catherine Lawrence writes romantic histories of Georgian-era British soldiers and Jacobite spies from a century-old house on the Susquehanna River. She studied Art History and English at Harvard and earned graduate degrees in History from Yale. After teaching in the humanities at a Pennsylvania college for several years, she left academia for the book- and coffee-trade and co-founded Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore-Cafe, named “one of America’s great independent bookstores.”
Allison Leotta (Published)
For twelve years, Allison Leotta was a federal sex-crimes prosecutor in D.C. Her legal thrillers, Discretion and Law of Attraction, are published by Simon & Schuster. The ABA calls Allison’s website, The Prime-Time Crime Review, one of the best legal blogs in America. Allison went to MSU and Harvard Law School.
Laurie Logan has been an avid reader her whole life, but it wasn’t until the Avon Fanlit contest a few years ago she discovered she also wanted to write. Since she has joined RWA, found a wonderful community of writers, completed several short stories and is currently working on her third full-length novel. She lives in northern Maryland with her husband of 33 years, her 7-year-old granddaughter, their energetic husky, Elvis, and four very spoiled cats.
Angelina M. Lopez
Angelina M. Lopez is a freelance writer and social media manager who loves ignoring the rest of her work to indulge in her passion: writing romance novels. Writing smart and sexy contemporary fiction, Angelina won the 2011 Marlene in single-title contemporary and finaled in San Francisco RWA’s 2010 Heart-to-Heart contest.
Patrice Lyle (Published)
Patrice Lyle grew up in Astoria, Oregon, where she watched several movies being filmed in her neighborhood – The Goonies, Free Willy, and Kindergarten Cop. Seeing these stories come to life when she was young encouraged her love of storytelling. At age nineteen, she embarked upon a European adventure working as a nanny in Amsterdam, a trip that ended up being the greatest story of all. Patrice returned home and later earned an MA in Writing Popular Fiction and a PhD in Holistic Nutrition. She is also a Certified Traditional Naturopath. She now lives on the East Coast with her husband and three cats, where she divides her time between her two passions in life: writing teen fiction and wellness fiction.
Loni Lynne (published)
Paranormal/fantasy romance author, Loni Lynne believes only fate could have guided her in the story of her life. Now she lets fate guide her characters to tell their stories.
Candy Lyons is the current president of Washington Romance Writers. She’s held chapter board positions as vice president and secretary and before that she was Marlene Awards chair. She writes paranormal romance and contemporary romance under the name Mackenzie Lucas and holds a MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.