Keynote Speakers

Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is the youngest member of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 24 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Jill Shalvis, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. You can learn more at her website, (JillShalvis.com), Twitter @jillshalvis, or Facebook.com/jillshalvis

Barbara Vey , 2012 Recipient of the RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award

As Contributing Editor for Publishers Weekly, Barbara Vey brings readers and writers together with her popular Beyond Her Book blog. From her entertaining “Drive By Videos” to reader feedback on books with WW Ladies Book Club, BHB continues to grow into a must read daily adventure. An avid reader, Barbara consumed a book a day before taking on the glamorous life of a roving reporting. Traveling all over the United States to conferences from Romance to Thrillers, Mysteries to Horror, Historicals to Comic Con, Barbara has even broken through the barrier into the entertainment industry by covering Red Carpet Events and interviewing the likes of Richard Dean Anderson, Joshua Jackson, Joss Whedon, Dakota Fanning and others. But her love of Romance and the Happily Ever After keeps her grounded while she offers readers a place to step away from life’s daily trials to take a positive journey through the world of books. Barbara credit romance books with saving her life and states, “I cannot live without my happily ever after and I wouldn’t want to.”

Also Speaking at the 2013 SoCalRWA Conference

Dee J. Adams Jon Fine, Amazon
Zoe Archer Chris Marie Green
Christine Ashworth Debra Holland
Louisa Bacio Michelle Klayman, President, Boroughs Publishing Group
Mallory Braus, Carina Press Editor Lisa Kessler
Kathy Bennett Tara Lain
Terry Blain Jill Limber
Elizabeth Boyle Susan Meier
Teresa Carpenter Debra Mullins
Charlotte Carter Louella Nelson
Cassi Carver Jane Porter
Christie Craig Christie Ridgway
Melissa Cutler Nico Rosso
Sabrina Darby Susan Squires
Tessa Dare Jillian Stone
HelenKay Dimon Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Nancy Ellen Dodd M.A. Taylor
Shannon Donnelly Linda Wisdom
Judy Duarte Beth Yarnall


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