meet MORWA's Authors
Donna Ross, writing as Fedora Amis, won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from
the 1800s. Fedora loves live theater, travel, plants and cooking.
She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction and fantasy.
“Why do I write? I love words—always have--reading them, writing them. I even like looking them up in the dictionary. So call me eccentric. Call me crazy—but call me a writer.”
After an exciting life as a CPA, Amanda Berry took up writing when her husband swept the family off to England to live for a year. Now she's hooked, and since returning to the states spends her writing days concocting spicy
contemporaries and dark paranormal romances while her cats try in vain to pry her hands off the keyboard.
Her Marlene award-winning contemporary romance, L.A. Cinderella, debuted with Harlequin Silhouette Special Edition in June 2010. From gritty paranormals to glowing contemporaries, one thing remains the same—love and happily ever after.
Amanda lives on the east coast with her husband and two children.
Debbie Burns is an award-winning author and 2019 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient. Her highly praised RESCUE ME romance series features love connections of the two and four-legged kind. She lives in Saint Louis in
a gingerbread house that's almost cute enough to eat. In her free time, you can find her enjoying time with her two teens, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway.
For her latest release info, you can sign up for her newsletter or read more about her at authordebbieburns.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram (@_debbieburns), on Facebook (@authordebbieburns), on BookBub (@AuthorDebbieBurns).
USA Today and New York Times best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of
small town life.
Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies
Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles.
She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing urban fantasies or romantic comedies.
In addition to writing, Sela is a wife to a Darn Near Perfect Husband and mom to Two Great Kids.
She has a BA in French (utterly useless, but fun at parties) and another BA in Communication.
She's been reading romance novels for years so she figured she should be able to write one, right? Are you done laughing? It took about twenty false starts and a work she now call The-Regency-That-Wouldn’t-Die before she finally got disgusted with myself and started writing this funny little scene in a Louisiana cemetery. That little scene became Not Quite Dead and it’s the first manuscript she ever finished.
After much angst and rewriting, it eventually sold it to Samhain Publishing, who released it in August 2006. Since then, she’s placed several other stories, but that first one will always be special to her. She is a member of Romance Writers Of America and can usually be found at the bar during national conferences.
guy anthony dE marco
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet;
an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; and a coffee addict. One of these is false.
writer since 1977, Guy is a member of the following organizations: SFWA, IAMTW, ITW, RWA, WWA, SFPA, ASCAP, MWG, SWG, HWA, IBPA. He hopes to collect the rest of the letters of the alphabet one day. Additional information can be found at Wikipedia.
Describing herself as a woman who does way too much and never wants to stop, Michele Dunaway is a bestselling author and award-winning high school teacher. Michele has published 23 books with Harlequin Enterprises, 3 with
St. Martin’s Press, and 4 with Amazon over her 15 year career in writing.
A veteran teacher, in addition to teaching English III, Michele also advises the student newspaper and yearbook. She is a JEA Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser and a Missouri High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Proud mother of two daughters, Michele is an avid pet lover who shares her home with far too many rescued cats, who of course completely rule the roost.
As a child Angela remembers her mother telling people that Angela would read everything she could get her hands on, including the cereal box. That all changed the moment she swiped a copy of a romance novel from her mother's
bookshelf,. She immediately knew that writing romance novels is what she wanted to do. She fell in love with the genre, and the idea of falling in love.
Publishing her first novel made that dream come true...at long last. Angela is currently obsessed with the genre of romantic suspense. When she’s not writing new stories you can find her binge watching cop shows looking for inspiration for those creepy villains every suspense story needs.
Nicole Evelina is St. Louis historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness.
Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for the The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Nicole can be found on her website and blog, and on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.
Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She claims that researching her stories can be just as much fun as writing them.
In the name of fact-finding, Angie has ridden with Harley biker gangs, explored the tunnels underneath Hoover Dam and found an interesting recipe for Mamma Coalpot’s Southern Skunk Surprise (she’s still trying to get her courage up to try it).
Megan Kelly read her first Harlequin Romance as a teenager and became an avid reader. She dreamed of writing those exciting and moving stories she loved. After years (and years) of writing, she finally sold
to Harlequin American Romance in 2007.
Megan lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children and is well-known at her local bookstore and library.
Jeannie Lin started writing in 2005 while she was teaching high school. After a long journey through rejections and contests and revisions, her manuscript, Butterfly Swords, won the 2009 Golden Heart® award for historical
romance. Her first two books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and her second novel, The Dragon and the Pearl, was listed as one of Library Journal’s Best Romances of 2011.
Her stories are inspired by her love of adventure, history, and fantasy in both western and Asian traditions. From an early age she was fascinated by legends of King Arthur and the fantasy of Lord of the Rings as well as the Chinese wuxia (martial arts) fiction. As a result, she writes heroic characters in epic situations while interweaving a strong romance to make larger than life characters human.
Tina Louise is an eastern Missouri born and raised contemporary romance author. She’s been writing since the sixth grade and loves to share her work with others. As a reader and writer, she enjoys the ‘escape’ of delving
into a good book, taking you to another place and time.
Tina lives in rural Missouri with her husband and fur babies. She loves spending time with her grown children and especially her grandkids!
Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detasseling corn, Shawntelle
performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster.
Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she’s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.
Marie Meyer was a Language Arts teacher for seventeen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt new adult romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member RWA (PAN)
and a 2017 RITA® Finalist. Marie's short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics,
making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR'd television shows with her husband. Marie is represented by Louis Fury of the Bent Agency.
Marie's contemporary romances include: Across the Distance, Can’t Go Back,
2017 RITA® Finalist The Turning Point, Long Road Home, and Live Out Loud.
Raised in a household filled with books, it was only natural that Ellen Parker grew into an avid reader. She turned to writing as a second career and enjoys spinning the type of story which appeals to multiple generations.
She encourages her readers to share her work with mother or daughter – or both.Ellen currently lives in St. Louis. When not guiding characters to “happily ever after” she’s apt to be reading, walking in the neighborhood,
or tending her tiny garden.
Award-winning author Claudia Shelton could write her name before the first day of school, but now she writes romantic suspense, thrillers and contemporary romance. She's even trying her hand at a cozy mystery. In addition, she presents workshops for readers and authors. Her debut novel, Risk of a Lifetime, was named one of eBooks Galore top reads for 2014. She is also a two-time nominated Daphne Du Maurier (Unpublished) finalist for excellence in mystery. Claudia is the author of the Shades of Leverage action-adventure romantic suspense series.
On a personal note, Claudia considers herself a traveler, music lover and water person. A cool drink while listening to the splash of waves is always nice—so is a mug of hot chocolate in the falling snow. Her main priority is spending time with family, friends and her two sweet, conniving rescue dogs.
Mia Silverton is a St. Louis born contemporary women’s fiction and romance author. As a writer, she feels called to help change lives in a different way — by crafting dynamic stories. She promises to bring worlds full of
strong characters, witty fun dialogue filled with heroes and heat.
Mia strongly believes that we can all find happiness, sanctuary and even healing in a beautifully written book. Many times in the past, a well crafted phrase, word or story created a shift in her when the time was needed and she feels called to pay that forward.
Mia loves to interact with her readers and you can connect with her on FB, Instagram, Twitter or her website. Make sure to stay up to date with the latest and greatest news by joining Mia’s Silver Pen Tribe on her website.
Lynn Stevens flunked out of college writing her first novel. Yes, she still has it and no, you can't read it. Surprisingly, she graduated with honors at her third school. A former farm girl turned city slicker, Lynn lives in the Midwest where she drinks coffee she can't pronounce and sips tea when she's out of coffee. When she's out of both, just stay away.Visit Lynn's Website
suzie t. roos
Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time. As of 2016, she has a son-in-law.Suzie and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia,
PA to out West in Santa Monica, Ca. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.
Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends. She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.
karyn witmer /
Karyn/Elizabeth was published for the first time when she was in the fourth grade. She finished a historical novel at fifteen. After a successful career teaching art in elementary schools and at the St. Louis Art Museum,
she began to dabble in writing again. In 1986 her Waldenbook Award-winning novel LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY was published under the name Elizabeth Kary.
In 1995 she began to write stories set on the advancing American frontier under the name Elizabeth Grayson. Her eleventh book, MOON IN THE WATER, was set on aboard a riverboat and garnered recognition as both a finalist for the Romance Writers RITA award and for the prestigious Willa Cather Literary Award. A SIMPLE GIFT, her first contemporary novel written as Karyn Witmer, was a Literary Guild exclusive in 2005.
Karyn/Elizabeth still enjoys teaching. She occasionally teaches a course on Popular Fiction at a local college, and is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences around the country. She collects miniature English cottages, enjoys needlework, and has a weakness for antique jewelry. She is happily married to a former advertising executive and devotes much of her time to playing "Auntie Mame" to two her nieces.
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