The list below shows authors who are members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
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, 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 Andersen lurked in academia long enough to collect a few degrees and learn she didn't like life on the cutting edge. Eventually she ditched a career as a scientist and embraced make-believe, a state of affairs that surprised everyone but her. A country girl at heart, she continues to indulge her love of horses, dogs, wide-open spaces, and cowboys [not necessarily in order] by writing western-set contemporary romances.
As Lilac James, she writes hot stuff for Loose Id.
Both Jenny and Lilac enjoy playing the Celtic harp, selling antique jewelry, and target shooting. They live in northern California where they share the world's most wonderful husband and a herd of dust bunnies.
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.
George Cramer, a descendant of the Karuk Tribe of Northern California, was born and raised in California. After service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, he began a four-decade career in criminal and corporate investigations. He is a second semester MFA Fiction Student at the Institute of American Indian Art. His work has appeared in several anthologies and on O-Dark-Thirty as part of The Veterans Writing Project. Mr. Cramer lives in Dublin, California.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Writes Sci-fi and Time Travel Romance (currently). Also a stay-at-home-mom of five.
Tina Klinesmith/T.J. Kline
T.J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She writes contemporary western romance for Avon Romance, including the Rodeo series and the Healing Harts series. She has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her very limited spare time, T.J. can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.
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 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 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."
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.
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 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.
Canadian-born author Suzy Orpin has always had a vivid imagination and keen desire to write. Suzy views the world through her own narrative, weaving in the fascinating challenges, triumphs, and lifestyles of the people she meets. As a professional culinary instructor in Berkeley, California, Suzy is also intrigued by the diverse culture around her. Having travelled extensively through the Pacific Northwest, Suzy is drawn to the rich history and landscape of the area.
The Catwalk Series was motivated by an accident which redefined the life of her model-niece, Sterling. Wanting to give a voice to additional characters, Suzy expanded the original book, Dream, into a six-part series. Dream focuses on the struggle to overcome challenges and build a new life.
The second book in the Catwalk series, Hope, is expected to be out sometime in 2016.
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.
Tess Rider lives with her wonderfully eccentric husband of almost fifteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s an accountant by day, a novelist by night and an artist at heart 24/7.
Tess holds a B.A. in Art History and did her thesis on Remedios Varo, one of the lesser known female Surrealists, whose deeply personal work brings an exciting dreamworld to vivid life. Tess has long been interested in the impact of dreams, myths and the transcendental on the creative process. Later in life, while spending a year living in New Orleans, Tess had the opportunity to explore the religions of the Caribbean and found in their pantheons and histories inspiration for her writing and art.
Today, Tess is an active member of the San Francisco Area chapter of the RWA and is working hard on the next books in the Haunted Hollow series.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.