Meet Our Members

Elizabeth Anders

Elizabeth Anders started work digging ditches. After mastering jackhammers, she became an engineer designing advanced concept high-speed after-burning jet engines, evaluated advanced concept fossil electric power plants, and published 133 reports and 75 technical papers before she retired. Now, Elizabeth writes in many genres, including Historical and Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction.

E M Bahnsen

E M Bahnsen is an author of contemporary romance based on the Main Line of Philadelphia. She has independently published Of Men and Monsters and Entangled. She is working on her third book Gray Wolf. Her calling in life, outside of being an author, is raising a financially and environmentally productive and responsible son, taking care of her multiply-disabled nephew, and enjoying time with her now-retired husband.  She will continue to write as long as she can. 

Lisa Lang Blakeney

Lisa Lang Blakeney is an Amazon & Apple Books international bestselling author of contemporary romance sold in more than 28 countries. A romance junkie for sure, you can find Lisa watching a romantic comedy, reading a romance novel, or writing one of her own most days. If she’s not doing that, she’s outside in the garden tending to her roses, running a PTO event, or advocating for autism awareness. Lisa is the wife of one alpha (whom she met in college), mother to four girls, and two labradoodles. Sign up for a free taste of one of her books here.

Caroline Bradley

Caroline Bradley is an RWA Golden Heart award finalist. She’s been writing fiction since the age of ten but as she grew up, so did her stories. She loves romances with humor, heart, and a whole lot of real life. When she’s not writing or training for marathons, she’s reading or knitting (bonus when she can do both at once). She can often be found laughing at the voice-to-text option on her cell phone that helps her take some hilarious autocorrected notes while logging miles near her home in southeastern PA.

Terri Brisbin

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USA Today best-selling author Terri Brisbin, has sold more than 3 million copies of her nearly 50 historical and paranormal romance novels and novellas since 1998.

In real life, she’s a wife, mother, grammy and a dental hygienist, too. Visit www.TerriBrisbin.com or www.facebook.com/TerriBrisbinAuthor for more info. 

Alleigh Burrows

Alleigh Burrows has been reading romance novels since she was a teenager. Once grown she decided to give writing a try. Thanks to the extensive support of RWA chapters, her first historical novel “Dare to Love” was published by Kensington Press. She is now toiling away at the 2nd of a 4-book New Adult series set in Delaware. http://www.alleighburrows.com

Tina Cambria

Tina Cambria lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her family. In addition to writing, she loves to travel, meet new people, dabble in photography, & volunteer for a local hunger relief organization. Her professional background includes nursing, teaching, & information technology. Since leaving the 9 to 5 world behind, Tina has been writing about interesting people trying to find love in challenging situations. And there’s always a secret involved! Her works include A Son for Christmas, & The Husband She Can’t Remember, both 1st in series.

Marley Dannin

Marley Dannin’s books show all the action, name all the parts and use all the good words. She creates contemporary romances that will make your heart beat faster, sprinkling in plenty of suspense to keep your pulse pounding long after the love scenes have ended. When not ruining the movie and TV viewing experience for her husband by mercilessly picking apart plots, character arcs and heroes journeys, Marley can be found reading all the romance she can get her hands on.

Judy Di Canio

Judy writes books in several genres and enjoys talking to fellow writers.

Adele Downs

Adele Downs is multi-published with Entangled Publishing and Boroughs Publishing Group. She has also written numerous articles for Romance Writers Report and InD’Tale magazines. Her Immortal Viking, a novella, won the HOLT Medallion Award. Adele is a former journalist, a PAN member of RWA, and past president of Valley Forge Romance Writers. Visit www.AdeleDowns.com

Eileen Emerson

President

Eileen spent years getting a Master’s degree in costume design for the theatre, and then chucked it all to make her way in the world of Corporate America. She eventually turned her creative focus to writing and began submitting her work to the contest circuit, with excellent results. She is now a four-time finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. You can learn more about Eileen at her website: www.eileenemerson.com

Judi Fennell

Award-winning, best-selling author Judi Fennell loves to laugh and loves love, so there’s some in every book she writes. Check out her light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek paranormal and romantic comedies at www.JudiFennell.com. From mermen to genies, to men in maid’s uniforms and male strippers, there’s always a laugh and love to be had. In her spare(?) time, she helps authors with writing and publishing with her formatting, cover design, & editorial, company, www.formatting4U.com. Judi’s family includes many four-legged friends, and the minute those creatures start A)singing, B)sewing clothing, or C)cleaning the house will be the day she retires from writing…

Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand is a novelist and an attorney, currently representing children in Family Court. She’s won and finaled in numerous contests, including the Golden Pen Award, the Bookseller’s Best in Romantic Suspense, & the Daphne du Maurier Contest for Excellence. She was also chosen as a Top Ten Finalist out of over 30,000 entries in the James Patterson Co-Author Competition and named 2019 RWA PRO Mentor of the Year.  A lover of education, a hater of tests, Veronica attended Smith College, the University of Geneva, Boston College Law School, and the Case Western School of Law. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

Kate Forest

Award winning author Kate Forest has worked in a psychiatric hospital, as a dating coach, and spent a disastrous summer selling above-ground swimming pools. But it was her over twenty-year career as a social worker that compelled her to write love stories with characters you don’t typically get to read about. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two kids, and a fierce corgi. www.KateForestBooks.com

Vicki Gael

Vicki Gael writes contemporary, sci-fi, and fantasy romance. She loves debating classic Star Wars canon (don’t get her started), bingeing on dark chocolate, and over-thinking everything. Vicki is a romance junkie, wife of one, mother of three, and into much geekery.  

Amy L. Gale

USA Today Bestselling author Amy L. Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes. Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, she graduated from Wilkes University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, concerts, & beach reading. She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, seven cats, and golden retriever. You can find her at www.authoramygale.com.

Mandy Greenfield

Mandy Greenfield writes Romance with a little suspense added in for good measure. Her heroes are often Celtic, strong Irish men who tend to be confident, extremely sexy, & loyal. Her heroines are feminine powerhouses, driven by the need to dominate a male driven world. She thrives on writing about survival, overcoming odds & powering through to the happy ending her characters deserve. She studies Creative Writing at SNHU, is a Studio Artist, & works with children with special needs. A mom of three, she wrote her very first book in the bathroom to escape the joys of early, stressful motherhood.

Stephanie Julian

Stephanie Julian is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller who writes sophisticated, sultry romance for adventurous readers. Her books include sexy heroes (sometimes two!), smart heroines and emotionally engaging love stories. Her series include the best-selling Salon Games, Indecent and Redtails Hockey.

Lynn Kellan

Lynn Kellan writes award-winning contemporary romance for readers who like surprises, great sex, and the occasional knee to the groin. She’s a full-time writer, part-time golfer, and former President of Valley Forge Romance Writers. Visit her at www.LynnKellan.com

Jacki Kelly

Jacki Kelly has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive. Jacki loves to read almost as much as she likes to write. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s walking her adorable cocker spaniel or on the golf course. Her idea of bliss is squeezing all this stuff into one day. Happy Reading!

Ann LaBar

Secretary

Ann LaBar has spent most of her life talking and listening to people who aren’t there. So she tried to legitimize her madness with a B.A. in Theater from Indiana University of PA and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Alaska. Ann writes Young Adult Fiction and can be found at www.annlabar.com

Leslie Anne Lighton

Treasurer

Leslie Anne Lighton spent childhood summers reading her southern grandmother’s sweet Harlequins and has been writing stories ever since. Published in non-fiction and as a newspaper photojournalist, several of her romance manuscripts finaled in RWA chapter contests. Leslie is the VFRW Treasurer and has held other RWA chapter board positions.

Piper Malone

Piper Malone is an award-winning author who writes stories about strong, driven women and their swoon-worthy heroes. Her novels enchant readers with deeply romantic tales infused with passion, friendship, and laughter. She is a reader of all things. Lover of dark chocolate, adventures, and pet adoption. Devotee of face masks, curling ribbon, and stationary. Piper is a mother and teacher with a serious love for car karaoke, Harry Potter, buttercream icing, and her dog, Swiss.

Chantel Mer

Chantal Mer is an author and optimist. Her stories explore relationships of all kinds and what it means to be family. When she’s not writing about strong women, strong men, and strong love, she can be found walking her adorable dog, volunteering at her kids’ school (in the library, of course), teaching at the local university, and reading. Chantal lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, kids, Toffee the Wonder Dog, and vicious cat, Gracie. www.chantalmer.com

Miranda Montrose

I’m a dental hygienist by day and at night I write paranormal and contemporary romance. I also have a fondness for genealogy, and for my cat Prince Vladimir who thinks he’s a dog.
 
I’m married and have one child who is finishing up her senior year in high school.  I just started publishing in 2016 and look forward to many years in the craft.

Rachell Nichole

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Rachell Nichole is a contemporary steamy romance author, who loves writing sassy sizzling romances about memorable characters who have to fight to hold on to love. She is the author of more than a dozen romances. In addition to writing, Rachell loves travel, teaching, and foreign languages. Rachell lives in Pennsylvania with a mountain of books, the love of her life, and their fur babies. Don’t miss a thing, check out her website at www.RachellNichole.com

Claire O'Dare

A librarian and researcher by day, Claire O’Dare writes Regency and contemporary romances at night. Her novella, “Shades of Pemberley,” appeared in Most Ardently: An Austen-Inspired Christmas Collection. You can find her on Twitter at @claireOdare.

Cathy Pritchard

Cathy Pritchard has been proud to serve in many capacities for the Valley Forge Romance Writers since she joined this fabulous group in 2004. These include Corresponding Secretary, Web Mistress, Treasurer, Contest Category Coordinator and Vice President of Communications (for which she received the Lois Winston Award). She has also served as contest judge many times over the years for the Sheila contest. She has won numerous awards in chapter contests for her single title romantic comedies and romantic suspense, but was recently fortunate enough to be published by Penguin for a cozy mystery series. She is currently working on a corporate thriller.

Suzette Riddick

Suzette Riddick is a wife, mother, and nurse practitioner who enjoys writing about flawed characters on a quest for love. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Suzette loves to travel, read, and is addicted to Chanel parfum. To learn more about Suzette visit her website at www.suzetteriddick.com

Dawn Murphy Ryan

Dawn Murphy Ryan, writing as D Murphy Ryan, grew up in rural Southeastern Pennsylvania and seeds her works with details gleaned through her frequent travels. A Golden Heart finalist in its penultimate year for her Short Contemporary book, Out of the Shadows, she has also finaled twice in the Stiletto for Romantic Suspense, The Kiss, and Contemporary mid-length, Bastard. Though not yet published, she expects with the phenomenal support of her fellow VFRW chapter mates, she will be soon!

Margot Ryan

As a romance writer by night and a scientist by day, Margot Ryan knows her chemistry, on and off the page. When she’s not traveling, she lives in northern New Jersey with her boyfriend and their ever-so-slightly demonic cat.

If she’s not writing, she can often be found cooking elaborate vegetarian meals, or trying to steal trips back to the home of her heart, Philly.

Susan Scott Shelley

USA Today bestselling author Susan Scott Shelley writes lighthearted, emotionally satisfying escapes into happily ever after. The Philadelphia native lives on coffee and loves sports, hard rock, and writing about people from all walks of life finding their special someone. Learn more at http://www.susanscottshelley.com.

Philip William Stover

Philip William Stover splits his time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and New York City. He has an MFA in writing and is a clinical professor at New York University. His first romantic novella, The Evolution of Love, was published by Dreamspinner in September of 2019. His romantic series set in New Hope, Pennsylvania and he will debut with Carina Press in spring of 2020. He can be found on social media as Philip William Stover or at: https://www.philipwilliamstover.com/

Mariah Stewart

Mariah Stewart is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, & USA Today bestselling author of forty-plus novels, three novellas, and several short stories, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She has been a RITA finalist and the recipient of the Award of Excellence, a RIO Award for excellence in women’s fiction, and has received a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner of the Golden Leaf Award, Stewart was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and is in the Hall of Fame of the NJ RWA Chapter. A native of Hightstown, NJ, Mariah lives in Chester County, PA, with her husband of forty years and two rowdy rescue dogs. The mother of two adult daughters, she’s the happy grandmother of five.

Celeste Straub

Celeste Straub writes steamy, award-winning romantic suspense tales featuring strong, smart heroines. When she’s not plotting harrowing journeys for her characters, you’ll find her overseeing programs and grants at her day job, at the range practicing for her next shooting competition, riding the nearest roller coaster, or sightseeing around her native northeastern Pennsylvania. For more info, please visit her website, www.celestestraub.com

Lauren Strauss

Lauren Strauss decided long ago that since she can’t redesign the real world from scratch, she’ll do it in her novels. Her fantasy romance stories feature parallel dimensions, magical realism, & alternate histories. Lauren loves writing strong alpha men and clever women, & if her characters happen to have Mensa memberships, she’ll find them even hotter. She’s also working on a non-romance dark fantasy. When she’s not writing, she’s gardening with her musician husband at their home, Two Artists Farm, in the Philadelphia countryside.

Renee Wynn

Renee Wynn is a true romantic who believes in happy endings. Her first book, The Heart Knows, was chosen as a Top Pick by Romantic Times and the rest is history. She is now the author of several books and continuing the journey writing about alpha males and strong heroines.

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