On February 23rd 2023, we are hosting a Kobo Writing Life live Q&A event with a roundtable of five amazing authors – all of whom write romance! Get to know the five authors involved ahead of the event, learn more about their work, and read through some great words of advice from this amazing group of best-selling authors. Plus, be sure to check out their books on Kobo!

We will be running a promotion featuring these authors’ titles until March 2nd 2023! Find out more about the promo here.

And, be sure to check out the giveaway: Bridget E. Baker is hosting a giveaway for one Kobo eReader device – the new Kobo Clara 2E, launched late last year! Along with the chance to win a free eReader, you will also receive FIVE free eBooks – one from each of the featured authors. For more information on the giveaway, click here.

Meet the Authors:

Bridget loves her husband (every day) and all five of her kids (most days). She’s a lawyer, but does as little legal work as possible. She has three quarter horse geldings, a Holsteiner (jumping) horse, a paint mare, and she spends too much time riding and not enough time writing. (Or too much time writing and not enough time riding, depending on your perspective!)

She has more chickens than she’ll admit to having, two lions head rabbits, two cat, two dogs (one bouncy and one yappy). She makes cookies waaaaay too often and believes they should be their own food group. In a (possibly misguided) attempt at balancing the scales, she kickboxes daily. So if you don’t like her books, her kids, her horses, her chickens, or her cookies, maybe don’t tell her in person.

Bridget is active on social media, and has a Facebook group she comments in often. Please feel free to join her there.

You can also grab a FREE FULL LENGTH E-BOOK by joining her newsletter at www.BridgetEBakerWrites.com

Bridget on TikTok | Instagram | BookBub | Facebook

Bridget’s books on Kobo

Please describe your writing style in ten words or less!

Depth of plot that dovetails with depth of character to deliver surprises. (That’s 12. Am I fired? I can’t write short…)

We’d love to hear your best words of advice for fellow (or aspiring) romance authors.

I think the first duck you need to get in a row is writing craft. Make sure your prose, your plotting, and your character development are solid. Then you have to practice a lot to make sure they work well together. And finally, you’ll want to study the genre you like to make sure your book fit well within what people want to read. That doesn’t mean the plot needs to be the same, but it means that if your readers in romance want a happily ever after, you better write one. If your readers in paranormal romance like big, strong, overbearing men and you write a polite, calm, respectful man. . .they may be disappointed. Know that going into it—do your research! If you change too many things, it will be an awfully hard sell. As with all things, you should know the rules before you break them.

USA Today Bestselling Author Elana Johnson writes sweet contemporary romance, usually set on the beach or within the vicinity of the beach. Unfortunately, she lives in a landlocked state and must travel to the beach to get her fix, which her husband gladly accompanies her to do a few times each year. She also writes romance and romantic women’s fiction under the names of Liz Isaacson, Jessie Newton, and Donna Jeffries.

Elana on Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | BookBub

Elana’s books on Kobo

Please describe your writing style in ten words or less!

The best clean romance, with an open spot just for you!

We’d love to hear your best words of advice for fellow (or aspiring) romance authors.

Read, study, and practice your craft. Whatever that looks like – craft books or attending conferences or reading another bestselling book in the genre. Writing the best book you can is more than half the battle when it comes to become an author.

Jan Moran is a USA Today bestselling author of heartfelt women’s fiction series,  Summer Beach, Coral Cottage, and Love California. Her immersive historical family sagas include Hepburn’s Necklace, The Chocolatier, The Winemakers, and The Perfumer. Jan dreams up her popular, small-town contemporary beach books on sunny shores in Southern California.

Jan is an avid traveler, so you’ll find her books infused with authentic locales and things she loves to research—from chocolate, wine, and food to history, fashion, and more. Readers often say that along with a heartwarming story, they also learn many fascinating details. As a native of Texas who lived on the east coast and worked in Paris, Hong Kong, and Canada, Jan brings a wealth of experience to every book she writes. Pour a cup of tea or a glass of wine, open one of her books, and find yourself transported with characters you’ll soon be rooting for as friends.

Bonus! Download a free ebook when you join Jan’s monthly VIP Readers Group: https://www.janmoran.com/newsletter. For more fun and special offers, join her lively Facebook Group.

Jan on Facebook | Facebook VIP | Instagram | TikTok | Twitter

Jan’s books on Kobo

Please describe your writing style in ten words or less!

Heartfelt women’s fiction series and immersive historical family sagas.

We’d love to hear your best words of advice for fellow (or aspiring) romance authors.

First, read widely, especially in your chosen genre. Seek out craft writing books. Practice your craft by writing, taking classes, and sharing your work with others who can give you feedback, such as a writers group or a trusted writer friend. When you’re ready for the next step, explore options and weigh the pros and cons of different types of publishing. Pursue the one best for you.

Jean Oram grew up in an old schoolhouse in a Canadian town, population 100 (cats and dogs not included). She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author of feel-good, tingle-inducing, heartwarming romances. Jean lives in Canada with her husband, two kids, cat, dog, and a neighbourhood filled with rabbits who help themselves to her garden. She can often be found outdoors or reading a book. (And of course at her laptop writing your next irresistible read!) Follow Jean on social media or subscribe to her newsletter: www.JeanOram.com/FREEBOOK.

Jean on Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok | Bookbub

Jean’s books on Kobo

Please describe your writing style in ten words or less!

Jean writes fun, humorous romances readers don’t want to put down.

We’d love to hear your best words of advice for fellow (or aspiring) romance authors.

Write for the joy of it. Write the stuff that makes you happy. The stuff that makes you excited to sit down at your computer and wear out your keyboard. Because otherwise writing is just another job you don’t love, isn’t it? And life’s too short to spend your time doing something you hate, dread or burns you out.

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a USA Today Bestselling Author who has won readers’ hearts with her compelling and highly emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives.

In addition to garnering hundreds of five-star reviews, Kellie has been described by RT Book Reviews as a “deft, crisp storyteller.” Her books have been featured as Barnes & Noble Top Shelf Picks and were selected for a spot on the coveted Library Journal’s Best Book List.

Born and raised near Sun Valley, Idaho, Kellie now lives with her husband of over thirty-five years in Dallas, where she spends most days by her pool drinking sweet tea and writing the stories of her heart.

Kellie on Facebook | Instagram | She’s Reading with Kellie Coates Gilbert | BookBub

Kellie’s books on Kobo

Please describe your writing style in ten words or less!

Kellie’s deep understanding of human nature is woven into every page.

We’d love to hear your best words of advice for fellow (or aspiring) romance authors.

E.L. Doctorow once said, “History tells us what happened. Fiction tells us how it felt.” 

Readers pick up a book to discover what it feels like to be somebody else. They want to live other people’s lives and experiences in the safety of a novel. They immerse themselves in the pages of a novel to be thrilled, surprised, scared, and even worried that everything is going to turn out all right. As authors, it’s our job to take them on that ride.

Before you start a scene, ask yourself, “What do I want this scene to make my readers feel?”

Be sure to join us on via Facebook live or our YouTube channel for this amazing romance writing roundtable, and as always, happy writing!

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