January 4, 2020              

Speaker: Tina Gabrielle/Tina Kashian

Topic: Genre Straddling: Diversifying your writing to take your career to the next level!

It’s a tough market. Authors are realizing the benefit of writing in different genres and not putting “all your eggs in one basket.” This workshop will discuss diversifying, the pros and cons of using different pen names, websites, and social media. The cozy mystery market will also be discussed as well as tips on how to add a dash of mystery to your romance to create unforgettable characters and increase conflict.


Bio:    Tina Gabrielle, also published as Tina Kashian, is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. As Tina Gabrielle she writes adventurous historical romances for Entangled and Kensington. Tina’s romances have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady of Scandal, was nominated as Best First Historical Romance by RT Book Reviews. As Tina Kashian, she writes the Kebab Kitchen culinary cozy mysteries for Kensington. Her debut cozy, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Tina grew up vacationing at the Jersey shore where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She still lives in NJ with her supportive husband and two daughters.

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Websites: www.tinagabrielle.com or www.tinakashian.com

Location: Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell campus: 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

(Turn right onto Tournament Drive from Dekalb Pike. Turn immediately left into the parking lot and find parking close to the fine arts center, which looks like a red barn. Cross the brown metal bridge to your right and enter Parkhouse Hall. We are in Room 124 (turn right into the first hallway and head all the way back past the vending machines. Turn left and listen for some loud chatter — that’ll be us!)

Our days start with a short Business Meeting, where the VFRW Board goes over chapter financials, meeting minutes, and the whole group gets to hear the members’ successes and challenges since we met last. We’ll share industry news and any current dust-ups in “Romancelandia.” If time permits, we might also do Five-minute Fixes, where we group-think ways to help anyone struggling to find book titles, develop log lines, overcome marketing challenges, etc. The speaker usually begins at 11:15 and has the floor through 1pm.