Thursday, May 28, 2009

Romance University - RU Ready?

Dedicated to providing resources for writers that will help build their careers and hone their craft, establishing a place where readers can learn more about their favorite authors, and opening a window into the male psyche.

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Visiting Professors

Brenda Novak has three novels coming out this summer-The Perfect Couple, The Perfect Liar and The Perfect Murder, all part of her popular Last Stand Series. She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May. To date, she’s raised over $500,000. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

Milton Grasle lives in Illinois, just East of St. Louis with his lovely wife, Rhonda, and two spoiled-rotten dogs. He has written numerous short stories. Much of his success is owed to his wife, who has tirelessly critiqued and helped him with his writing. Rhonda is an accomplished author and has recently been offered a publishing contract on a novel.

Natalie J. Damschroder, author of Indulgence II, her second collection of short erotic romance, found her niche—romantic fiction—shortly after graduating from college. Four books and six years after starting, she finally sold. Now she struggles to balance her frenetic writing life with her family, the most supportive husband in the world and two beautiful, intelligent, stubborn, independent daughters (who have also decided to be writers). She somehow also fits in a day job and various volunteer positions in and out of the writing industry. Natalie’s published works include 7 contemporary romance novels, 7 novellas, and 14 short stories.

Lisette Kristensen is an aspiring writer of erotica and romantica. Through her writing, she attempts to explore all elements of erotica. It is her desire to show how the various fetishes and kinks can expand and deepen relationships, that would be presumably labeled vanilla. For she believes we all have a bit of kink in us, just waiting to bubble to the surface.

Theresa Stevens, Managing Editor, Red Sage Publishing
After earning degrees in creative writing and law, Theresa Stevens worked as a literary attorney agent for a boutique firm based in Indianapolis where she represented a range of fiction and nonfiction authors. The lure of the courtroom led to a nine-year hiatus from the publishing industry, but now Theresa is back as Managing Editor for Red Sage Publishing, a highly acclaimed small press. Her articles on writing and editing have appeared in numerous publications for writers. Visit her blog at where she and her co-blogger share their knowledge and hardly ever argue about punctuation.

Jessica Barksdale Inclán is the author of 12 books. Her most recent book, Intimate Beings, is the second in her paranormal series about a trio of siblings separated during childhood and forced on their own in adulthood to confront their special abilities and find not only each other but their own true loves. Jessica lives in Oakland, California and is currently at work on a contemporary novel and a book of essays and another romance.

Alicia Rasley is an award winning novelist and a nationally known writing workshop leader. Her articles are collected on Writer’s Digest Books released her writing craft book, The Power of Point of View, in 2008. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two college-student sons.

C.J. Redwine fears goats, loves stilettos and frequently lets her imagination run away with her. She writes edgy urban fantasy with a side of comic relief. You can learn more about her at and read samples of her writing, which is full of imagination and the occasional stiletto but is noticeably lacking in goats.

1 comment:

Keli Gwyn said...

Romance University is a great new site with valuable content.

The visiting professors are tops. Brenda Novak is in my local RWA chapter. In addition to being a NYT bestselling author who knows her stuff, she's also personable and generous. I've had the privilege of reading CJ Redwine's work. She introduced me to a sub-genre I hadn't read before: urban fantasy. What a voice she has, and can she ever tell a story!

The three founders of Romance University, Adrienne Giordano, Kelsey Browning Tracey Devlyn, have launched a blog that's destined to become a must-read for many romance writers, I'm sure.


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