Conference Presenters

New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and editor!

Beverly Jenkins

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for inclusive romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.

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Kathryn Lye

Kathryn Lye has been an editor with Harlequin, based in Toronto, for more than twenty years. She’s worked on just about every type of romance novel—from sexy to sweet, from suspense to romantic comedy. The most favorite part of her job, she says, is to discover writing talent. To find new authors and to help them develop and hone their craft. Away from the office, she is a big movie fan, interested in history and politics, and favors autobiographies and cozy mysteries when reading for fun. Kathryn was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

Anna J. Stewart

USA Today and national bestselling hybrid author Anna J. Stewart is the author of nearly 40 sweet to sexy romances. She writes for Harlequin's Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines and is published with Berkley and Heart's Kiss Magazine. Anna also works as a content editor and has also given multiple workshops on character, motivation, and crafting novellas. A former RWA Golden Heart nominee and Daphne DuMaurier finalist, Anna's biggest dream came true just this past year when one of her Heartwarming romances was optioned for a TV movie slated to air the holiday season of 2019 on UPTv (tentative title A Holiday Recipe for Romance).

Melinda Curtis

Melinda Curtis is the USA Today bestselling author of light‐hearted contemporary romance. With over 60 books published or contracted, you can find her titles from Harlequin, Grand Central Forever and self-pubbed. Her book Dandelion Wishes is currently being made into a TV movie. A self-proclaimed writing "craft geek," Melinda has a book out on character development and frequently teaches online and at conferences. She lives in California's hot central valley with her husband—her basketball-playing, college sweetheart—and enjoys working on their fixer-upper.

Kayla Perrin

Kayla Perrin is a multi-published, award-winning USA Today and Essence ® bestselling author with over 50 novels and novellas in print. She is a trailblazer in the African-American fiction arena. She has written for many major publishers including St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins Publishers, and Harlequin. In 2001, after only four years in the business, Kayla was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for excellence in multicultural romance. In 2007, her novel, Midnight Dreams, was the Borders bestselling multicultural romance of the year. In 2011, she received the prestigious Harry Jerome Award in Canada for excellence in the arts. 

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