The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Beyond the Ripped Bodice: Romance Writing in the 21st Century with Romance Writers of America Phoenix, HelenKay Dimon, Cathy McDavid, Deloris Nash, Willow Sanders, Kris Tualla

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: 
Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type(s): 
Panel, Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): Romance
Cost: Free

About this Event

While romance of yesteryear may have conjured images of Fabio-like men with muscles and flowing hair, and breathless women suffocating in constricting bodices, the new millennia has heralded in a new age of romance. From sweet to heat and everything in between, romance has something for everyone! Discuss, love, romance, smooching, and more with the Romance Writers of America Phoenix. Featuring national best-selling and local authors Andie J. Christopher, Cathy McDavid, Deloris Nash, Willow Sanders, and Kris Tualla. 

About the Author

Logo for Romance Writers of America Phoenix

Romance Writers of America is a national non-profit genre writers association that provides networking and support to individuals seriously pursuing a career in romance fiction. 

Photograph of HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon is a divorce lawyer turned full-time author of over forty romance novels and novellas. Her award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues, including The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. She is an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award winner and RITA® Award winner in romantic suspense. She has taught romance writing and fiction writing at UCSD extension and MiraCosta College.

Photograph of Cathy McDavid

In the third grade, NY Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid made it her goal to read every Black Stallion book ever written. Who knew such an illustrious ambition would eventually lead to a lifelong love of all things western, owning a stagecoach pulled by six mules, and a career writing contemporary romances for Harlequin? With 48 titles in print and over 1.3 million books sold, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins is married to her own real-life sweetheart.

Photograph of Deloris Nash

Deloris’ sister gave her a historical romance the summer of her freshman year of high school. She was still reading it as she watched the sun came up the next day and she has been an avid romance reader ever since. It took her four years to find the courage to submit her first novella to Siren Bookstrand and after a month she received her first contract. She has written and published two other books since then. She still considers herself a new writer with a lot more to learn.

Photograph of Willow Sanders

A marketer by day, and author by night, Willow Sanders writes sweet with heat Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. Her debut novel, Dirty Little Secret won Breakout Author of the Year in 2012 from AuthorsDatabase.com and was the Book Buzz PR - Romance Novel of the year. She has been a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) since 2004, both in Chicago and in Phoenix, is the Publicity Chair for Valley of the Sun RWA, the President of Desert Rose RWA, and also was named a 40 Under 40 Marketer by Connect Association last year.

Photograph of Kris Tualla

Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning author of historical romance and suspense, has created a 30-novel dynasty with The Hansen Series. A member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime, she was a guest instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. In 2019 Kris was inducted into the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame for her “Camp Hale Series” and two of those WWII novels have been optioned for a screen project.

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