The list below shows authors who are members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

Pamela Aares

Pamela Aares is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels and also writes about fictional romance in sports with her new contemporary romance series titled The Tavonesi Series: Heart of the Game.

Her first book, Jane Austen and the Archangel (Angels Come to Earth, #1) was released in 2012. Midnight Becomes You, the second in the series will release this year as will the celebrated historical romance novel, The Lady and the Patriot.

Pamela Aares writes romance books that she loves reading, particularly those that entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with complex characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.

Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard and currently resides in the wine country of Northern California with her husband, a former MLB All-Star and two curious cats.

If she's not behind her computer, you can probably find her reading a romance novel, hiking the beach or savoring life with friends.

Liz Adams

Liz Adams, author of the bestselling erotic fairy tale "Alice's Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land," lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Liz's short story "Amy 'Red' Riding’s Hood," an erotic version of Red Riding Hood, is a bestseller and winner of Goodreads’ Book of the Month for October 2012. Liz studied music and creative writing in college before making writing her career. In her spare time she cuddles with her lover, also a writer, on the couch to watch her favorite shows and often they work together doing research for their books.

Jenny Anderson

Jenny Andersen has been a field camp cook, mineral museum curator, geologist, teacher, soda jerk, materials analyst, gemologist, and antique dealer. Writing is better. She lives in California with the world's most wonderful husband and a herd of dust bunnies.


I'm a RWA member writing under the name anonymae. I'm currently revising my work in progress Black Moonrise: Book 1. BMR is the first story in my paranormal romance series Night Moves.

The primary purpose of this series is to enable readers of any ethnicity, culture, gender, or age to identify with a group of multicultural characters. Additionally, the narrative focuses on the natural beauty of the various shapes, textures, colors, sizes and ages of multicultural bodies. Moreover, while Night Moves conforms to romance formula HEA, the series may not strictly adhere to other aspects of this formula.

Although these are paranormal stories, each primary and secondary female character, regardless of career path, is a working woman of color. As such, these characters serve as archetypal role models for female readers of any age or ethnicity.

Thus, the overarching goal of this series is to admit a more diverse assemblage of characters into the general population of romance novels. The projected release date for Black Moonrise is sometime within the first quarter of 2015.

Gillian Bagwell

Gillian Bagwell is the author of three acclaimed historical novels. The Darling Strumpet, based on the life of Nell Gwynn, seventeenth-century actress and mistress of Charles II, was a finalist for an RWA RITA award for Best First Book. Her second book, The September Queen (UK title The King’s Mistress), was the first fictional accounting of the extraordinary adventure of Jane Lane, who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester. Venus in Winter is based on the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed Tudor dynast Bess of Hardwick. Gillian lives in Berkeley and is at work on her fourth novel.

Gillian began her professional life in theatre, first as an actress and later as a director and producer, and she now puts her theatre experience to use coaching writers on giving effective public readings. She also offers all levels of editing, specializing in historical fiction and romance.

Lynna Banning

Graduate of Scripps College; graduate work at UC Irvine in Calfornia. Editor and high school English teacher; wrote my first book during my last year at Lockheed-Martin and published it with Harlequin Historicals in 1995; since then I have written 20+ historical novels. Also am a musician, performing on harp, psaltery, and recorders and I play harpsichord and classical piano.

Currently I am professionally editing a historical novel on the French Resistance in World War II and am also ghostwriting 3 novel-memoirs for a different author.

Mysti Berry

Published three short stories (two in print anthologies, one in an online literary fiction magazine) in crime fiction, and is currently writing romantic suspense novel.

Mysti's been a software technical writer for nearly 25 years, and is married to graphic novelist Dale Berry. They live in San Francisco.

Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy and a hint of romance in 3 series: 2 adult, the Parasol Protectorate and the Custard Protocol, and 1 YA, the Finishing School series. Her books are published in 18 different languages. She has 12 NYT bestsellers via 7 different lists (including #1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, hedgehogs, and tea.

Maggie Chartier (Jane S. Morrissey)

I love romance, magic, and writing. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to write. When I was in college I embarked on my first romance story… somehow it turned into a murder mystery and I have to be honest, where my imagination and the characters took me freaked me out a little. I put writing on hold for about ten years while I did other things, but there was always that little voice in the back of my mind that wouldn’t let me forget my dream of writing. Several years ago I started my first novel. It was rough going at first, but once I hit my stride I was hooked. Embarking on this strange journey of writing has led me into other worlds and on wild adventures. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I’ve loved writing them.

Sherry Ewing

Sherry Ewing is a bestselling author who writes historical and time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Her debut historical romance, If My Heart Could See You, hit Amazon’s top ten bestseller list for the eBook only two days after the paperback release. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency. She is a national and local member of Romance Writers of America, The Beau Monde and The Bluestocking Belles. She is currently working on her next novel. When Sherry is not busy writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist.

Karysa Faire

Karysa is a writer of the romantic, the unseen, the other worldly and the horrific. Residing in Northern California with her daughter, dog, and cat, she reads when she can and cleans her house when she has to.

Stacy Finz

Stacy Finz is a former newspaper reporter who spent the last 17 years writing for the San Francisco Chronicle. The first book, GOING HOME, in her debut Nugget series,is scheduled to be released by Kensington on October 13, 2014.

Sharon Hamilton

Sharon Hamilton is a NYT and USA/Today bestselling author most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series. She also writes a Golden Vampire and Guardian Angel series.

A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

Lily Hamrick

Lily Hamrick has practiced law for twenty-five years, been the mother of three badly behaved boys for the last twenty years and written fiction for longer than that. In 2008, she published her first short story -- about a visit to a strip club -- in a highly regarded literary journal with a readership of about 56. She has never looked back in her quest to join entertainment (okay, smut and dead bodies) to the highest literary standards, including decent spelling and grammar. Her first novel, The Secret War, was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship; and excerpts from her second novel and a short story based on that novel were recently named finalists in the 2015 Tucson Book Festival literary awards. She has been awarded residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and Ragdale. A graduate of Yale and the U.C. Berkeley Law School, she is represented by Donald Maass, who doesn't let her get away with anything. Her main goals in life are to sell one of her novels, get a rose for that accomplishment at an RWA meeting and write books until she takes her last breath.

Christine Harvey

Christine has been a writer all of her life: from a children’s book at the age of 11 about orphaned animals to daily journaling to novels.

She majored in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and wrote a personal column for a quarterly newsletter focusing on the entertainment industry for four years. She is a long-time member of Romance Writers of America.

Although her day job as a non-profit fundraiser requires database geekery, Christine finds writing a great deal more fun. Both she and her characters also know that a pair of colorful cowboy boots can change your life.

Christine lives in California with her husband and 19-year-old cat, who rules the roost. Christine is currently at work on her next novel.

Regina Kammer

Regina Kammer writes erotica and historical erotic romance. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during NaNoWriMo 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.

Vanessa Kier

Vanessa Kier spends way too much time thinking up ways she can torture her characters. A worst case scenario thinker, she's been creating stories in her head since childhood. Now she’s found her niche in writing romantic thrillers that combine intense emotion with action packed plots. The author of six books in the The Surgical Strike Unit series about a privately run special operations group, she is hard at work on the first two books in a new series.

When she’s not writing, listening to music, or playing puzzle games on her mobile device, Vanessa writes the occasional Tech Talk column for Heart of the Bay, SFA-RWA's newsletter and takes long hikes in the nearby hills.

Lea Kirk

Writes Sci-fi and Time Travel Romance (currently). Also a stay-at-home-mom of five.

Keri Kruspe

My experience in writing has been a lifelong passion starting with writing my first short story at the age of twelve involving ghosts and the paranormal...which was quite unique in the early seventies since the paranormal genre hadn't even been defined yet! But having grown up watching "Dark Shadows" along with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their campy vampire movies was the foundation for my imagination. Throw in a bit of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" along with a sprinkling of Asimov and Heinlein to complete my education.

I am currently a PRO with RWA and a member of the FFP Chapter. I have completed my first novel, a novella and a short story. I am now working on a story about a thirty-something woman finding that all of those stories she'd downloaded on her eReader about sexy alien abductions was actually an open invitation for said aliens to invite her to find a mate of her own among them. Needless to say things don't go exactly according to plan.

I love being a part of the RWA family and the great writers who are a part of it. I wish all of us the best as I continue to share our dreams of being a publish romance author!

Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri, the middle child of a professor and an artist. After taking a hiatus to raise her children, she sold her first book in 2008, and has since authored sixteen novels in several genres. Sophie's novels have won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards. In addition to women's fiction, she writes the post-apocalyptic AFTERTIME series, the Stella Hardesty and Joe Bashir crime series, and thrillers for young adults. She is a past president of the San Francisco Romance Writers of America chapter. Sophie makes her home in northern California.

Margaret Lucke

Margaret Lucke flings words around in the San Francisco Bay Area as a writer, editor, and writing coach. Her latest book is "House of Whispers," a tale of love, ghosts and murder on the California coast. An earlier novel, "A Relative Stranger," was an Anthony Award nominee for Best First Mystery Novel. She teaches fiction writing classes and is the author of two how-to books, "Writing Mysteries" and "Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories."

Cassidy Mayes

Cassidy makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by three kids, a neurotic dog named Bella, and a goldfish named Jupiter. When she’s not writing you'll find her reading (it's the only way she stays sane in a household filled with chaos!).

Jessica McBrayer

Jessica McBrayer currently resides in the East Bay of San Francisco. She has been writing her whole life, mostly poetry and short stories.

Four years ago she began a journey that has led to seven self-published novels and novellas, with plans for many more. Her two series are in paranormal romance. One is humorous and the other has a mystery throughout. Both series have been Amazon best sellers.

Up coming projects include a YA series based in France and putting together a book of her daughter's poetry.

Everything paranormal fascinates her and will continue to be a focus in her writing to come.

R.L. Merrill

I started writing as an escape and it's turned into a very fulfilling way to spend my miniscule amount of free time. In my other life I've been a mom, wife, a high school teacher, counselor, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, cheerleader, dancer, tattoo collector, and Heavy Metal enthusiast. I can be reached by email at Hope you enjoy my stories of real-life journeys and the romance that gets us through.

Shannon Monroe

An Oakland native, Shannon follows her love of Ancient and Medieval History, music of all kinds, old crusty books and libraries to keep herself traveling and writing as much as possible. Scribbling "fan fiction" with girlfriends in middle school before it was labeled as such, by passing unfinished notes back and forth in class, extending poems to epic lengths and sneaking her mother’s Harlequins late at night back in the early 1980′s started the fire in her heart and belly for writing great Romance novels.

A PRO-member of Romance Writers of America and long-time member and former board member of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter (SFA-RWA), Shannon has contributed to the organization in many ways, including judging their annual writing contest for the unpublished, the Heart-to-Heart Contest. Her yet-to-be published Skateboarding Romance was a finalist for First Place.

Carolina Montague

Carolina Montague started telling stories to her little sister to get her to be quiet so she could get some sleep. Years later, her sister encouraged her to write the stories she'd told her. She tried, but the stories she had told her sister were a bit too gruesome, more like Texas Chainsaw than Harry Potter. They had two older brothers she had to out-gross. What to do!

She met Lynn Coddington, joined SFA-RWA and wrote paranormal romance. Her titles include Sacred Guardian, a dark angel romance, which is pretty tame, considering. But her other book, Door in the Sky, a paranormal medieval romance, features torture and evil inquisitors.

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. Her books have hit the Amazon and B&N top-100 lists multiple times and have been #1 genre sellers around the world. Both traditionally and independently published, Mimi has sold over 500,000 books since publishing her 1st title in 2012, and she plans to spontaneously combust once she hits the one-million mark. Although she obtained her international MBA and worked for over 15 years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance-closet and follow your dream.

When not screaming at her computer or hosting her very inappropriate radio show, (Man Candy on!), Mimi spends time with her two pirates in training, her loco-for-the-chili-pepper Mexican hubby, and her rat terrier, DJ Princess Snowflake, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most.

Kristin Ramsdell

Kristin Ramsdell has been a budding writer since she wrote the sixth grade play (a swashbuckler complete with capes and wooden swords), a romance reader since she discovered Betty Cavanna and Maureen Daly in her junior high library, and a science fiction fan since she discovered Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury in the same place. She is also the romance columnist for Library Journal, the author of a number of reference sources on romance fiction, including both versions of Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre (1999, 2012) and its predecessor, Happily Ever After; and a Librarian Emerita at California State University, East Bay. She received the Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year Award in 1996 and the Melinda Helfer Fairy Godmother Award from Romantic Times in 2007.

She is currently working on a California-set historical with a touch of suspense and is considering a foray into the contemporary arena.

Marlene Relja

I love the Twitter short and sweet mentality, so, here goes:
Science fiction and paranormal romance junky, wife, tree-hugger...but only from afar because...eek! Spiders! Green living warrior, germaphobe, chocolate maniac, TV and movie addict, on the road to publication.

Raina Schell

Writing to write because I can't stop myself, I've tried... Oh how I've tried.

The bulk of my writing background is in Film and TV. I was able to earn a living writing for TV for over 10 years. It was a love/hate relationship. I've also written the obligatory screenplay, treatments and a low budget trailer.

I have a BA in screenwriting and production, an MS in something else and a whole lot of unrelated experience in between - that's becoming perfect fodder for unwitting characters.

I wrote a biography in 1st grade (about my Uncle Abe) which was published in the school newspaper, journaled consistently since 5th grade and written dozens of short stories in the between time. For the past few years my ruminations have stretched into blogging about health, travel and personal transformation.

Perhaps with the proper discipline I would have been a professional writer before now, who can say?

Sleeping with my arms wrapped firmly around my iPad, my legs cradling my laptop and my face faintly illuminated by the warm soft glow of my iPhone this positive exposure to a significant amount of EMFs has now left me disciplined and more importantly, motivated.

Thus the journey of editing my first paranormal romance novel, Exquisite Destiny, is underway providing me with endless opportunities to laugh, cry, emote, learn and the best part of all - utilize my overly active and somewhat redundant imagination.

Karen Stephen

Karen Stephen is a self-published author who writes suspense novels with romantic themes that go far beyond the personal. Her debut novel of obsession and redemption, Degrees of Obsession, was released in paperback in 2005 and recently in Kindle. A fifty-year-old psychologist learns the hard way: Do NOT look up an old college flame. Her most recent paperback and Kindle release, Mother Tongue: Lingua Corsa, adds a thriller theme to the romantic suspense, and is a story of the resilient people, occult culture, and dangerous politics of modern-day Corsica as an American child advocate attorney is caught between the passions of a Corsican separatist leader and his arch enemy, the French anti-terrorist chief when she searches for a missing child using her secret knowledge of the native Corsican tongue.

Karen had a 40 year career as a psychologist and even now serves part time as the Mental Health Director for a large health plan. She is grandmother to four, a harpsichord player, and a flamingo lover.

Lauren Stewart

Lauren reads almost every genre, so naturally, her writing reflects that. Inside every book, you'll find elements of other genres: fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, and women's literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn't kill us should make us laugh.

She has five different series going on right now. Yep, five. Thankfully, she's still (mostly) sane.

Pamela Taeuffer

Being raised in a family battling addiction allowed me to see love and relationships in many different lights. Intimacy was hard for me to achieve since everyone in my family wanted to push away the dysfunction. But I achieved me goal, in spite of going to Catholic Schools from K-12! An amazing feat, right? I grew up in San Francisco and moved to Sonoma County where I met my husband 35 years ago. I loved to write about real life traumas and tell them through a love story, so my romances are a little different that way. My first series is in process, Broken Bottles, and Books 1 and 2 are published on Amazon, and 3 and 4 coming in April, completing part 1. I have also been published in two anthologies, one about Sisterhood and another book of poems. I have published an ebook about attending conferences when you're an introvert and will develop a series around the introvert idea. I have one son and run my own business of property management in Healdsburg.

Leigh Verrill-Rhys

A native of Paris Hill, Maine, Leigh spent most of her childhood and early adult years in San Francisco before immigrating to Wales to marry and raise three sons. She has been a writer, editor and lecturer for most of her life, intermingled with career portfolios in marketing, finance and community arts projects.

An award-winning editor, she has published three volumes of women’s autobiographical writing about their lives in Wales and during World War II. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Welsh Academy and several RWA chapters. Leigh is also the author of SALSA DANCING WITH PTERODACTYLS, WAIT A LONELY LIFETIME and the serial novel, NIGHTS BEFORE.

Leigh admits to running with scissors and leaping before she looks.

Elisabeth Waters

Elisabeth Waters sold her first short story in 1980 to THE KEEPER'S PRICE, the first of the Darkover anthologies. She then went on to sell short stories to a variety of anthologies. Her first novel, a fantasy called CHANGING FATE, was awarded the 1989 Gryphon Award. She is now working on a sequel to it, in addition to her short story writing and anthology editing.

Kate Wyland

Kate Wyland is a life-long horse nut who started riding at three years old and can’t imagine life without them. A few years ago, she exchanged her tech writing "bug" hat for a fiction writing Stetson. Suspense, romance, horses and sometimes the paranormal are the themes she likes to explore in her books. And she delights in sharing her love of animals and country living.

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