Isn't It Romantic? Romance Novelists in Conversation
A delightful conversation with six top romance-fiction writers, with host Marialuisa Monda (events assistant, romance reader, and a self-proclaimed aficionado), to discuss their beloved genre: from their upcoming/newly published works and their favorite romantic tropes to their writing process and tips for future authors.
Ruby Barrett (she/her) writes steamy romances about big feelings. She loves to read romance, lift weights, drink tea, watch The Office, stress bake, host overly large and elaborate meals, and cackle with her friends. She lives in Ottawa, Canada with her tiny queen (read: daughter), and her husband (who she kisses a lot). Her new book is The Romance Recipe, due out from Carina Adores, Harlequin’s exclusively LGBTQ+ romance line, on July 12, 2022. Website | Twitter | Instagram
Kate Bromley (she/her) lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and her somewhat excessive collection of romance novels. (It’s not hoarding if it’s books, right?) She was a preschool teacher for seven years and is now focusing full-time on combining her two great passions – writing swoon-worthy love stories and making people laugh. She's the author of Here for the Drama (Graydon House-Harlequin, June 21, 2022) and Talk Bookish to Me, and you can find her on Instagram or on her website.
Timothy Janovsky (he/him) is a queer, multidisciplinary storyteller from New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College and a self-appointed certificate in rom-com studies (accreditation pending). When he's not daydreaming about young Hugh Grant, he's telling jokes, playing characters, and writing books. Never Been Kissed (Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 3, 2022) is his first novel. Website | Newsletter | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok
Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez (she/her) is an Argentine-American Pura Belpré gold medal-winning author. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs, and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she’s also a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children’s and Young Adult program. She writes picture books, middle grade, young adult and adult romance fiction. Yamile is a founding member of Las Musas, the first collective of women and nonbinary Latine MG and YA authors. She’s represented by Linda Camacho at Gallt & Zacker Literary, and her Twice a Quinceañera will be published by Kensington Books on July 26, 2022. Website | Twitter | Instagram
USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon (she/her) hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers, New York Sabers, Bayou Dreams, and Moments in Maplesville series. The two-time RITA® Award finalist has also been nominated for an RT BOOKReviews Reviewers Choice Award, and in 2015 she received the Emma Award for Author of the Year. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows. The Hookup Plan, the latest in her The Boyfriend Project series, arrives August 2, 2022 from Hachette Book Group. Website | Twitter | Instagram
Jamie Wesley (she/her) has been reading romance novels since she was about 12, when her mother left a romance novel that a friend had given her on the nightstand. Jamie read it instead, and the rest is history. Her latest romcom, Fake It Till You Bake It, releases June 21 from St. Martin's Press and features three things she loves – cupcakes, football, and reality TV. When she's not writing, she's reading, watching TV, rooting for her favorite sports teams, and/or planning her next trip to Walt Disney World. Website | Twitter | Instagram
Adriana Herrera is no longer able to join us for this event.