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.
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.
New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer, known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, has published 31 romance novels in most of the sub-genres, 8 medical-forensic suspenses, and 7 short stories.
A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.
A frequent speaker at conferences, Eileen is also an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She’s also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, which she figures could come in handy if this writing thing doesn’t pan out.
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.
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.
NJ Litz is the author of mysteries and romances of strong women who get justice for those who can’t get it for themselves—the underdog, the vulnerable, and even the dead. Her most successful book is Scent of Fear, which has almost 500 reviews on Amazon, with readers ranking the story 4.5 stars out of 5. She's hard at work on the second book in the Scent series. The second book will be launched this fall.
All of her four books are set in either St. Louis or Missouri, and have 4+ star rankings.
Litz has a journalism degree from Mizzou. She and her family, including a very large rescue dog, live in the St. Louis area.
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.
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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