Thursday, September 1, 2016


It feels like a new school term here on the Romantic Novelists’ Association's blog. We’ve enjoyed our ‘blogging break’ during the summer and are looking forward to providing members with new monthly series and lots of interesting interviews and articles. This means we are now blogging three times each week.

I felt it was time to formally introduce our new blogging team who between them carry out interviews and keep the blog ticking over. I’ve introduced the five members below along with their writing biogs.

We also have six lovely ladies who will be writing our monthly series.  We’ve added to our list of series and welcome our new contributors, Jean Fullerton, Sheila Riley and Elaine Roberts.

Our monthly series writers are:

Francesca Burgess: Competition Monthly
Helena Fairfax: Ask the Industry Experts: (agents)
Jean Fullerton: Focus on: Chapters
Natalie Kleinman: Chatting with Publishers
Sheila Riley: New Releases
Elaine Roberts: Festivals and Workshops

Our blogging team:

Helena Fairfax 
Helena writes contemporary romance – and occasionally romantic suspense when she’s in the mood for danger. Her first novel, The Silk Romance, was written through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and was a finalist in the Global eBook Awards. Helena’s later novels have been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize and the I Heart Indie Contest. She lives in Saltaire, near the Yorkshire moors, and she walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, dreaming up her heroes and her happy endings.

Louisa Heaton 
Louisa writes romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical. Having dreamt of romance from an early age, she met her future husband and only three weeks later (!) agreed to his proposal of marriage. Twenty years and four children later, she is still laughing at his jokes and bribing him to do the housework and feed the kids, whilst she sits upstairs and writes her stories. When not writing, Louisa can be found reading, sewing or walking their two dogs on the coastline near their home.

Ellie Holmes 
Ellie writes commercial women's fiction and romantic cosy mysteries.  Born in Essex but made in Cornwall, Ellie takes her inspiration from the beautiful Essex countryside and the sublime Cornish coast. Juggling commitments to family and friends alongside a part time job in the law and her writing, Ellie describes her days as hectic and her nights as long but says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Karen King 
Karen writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. She also writes YA and children’s books and is a writing tutor.

 When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.

Sue Merritt 
Sue is a former history teacher and is a mother of teenagers. Writing as Virginia Heath, Sue produces
historical romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her debut novel, That Despicable Rogue, came out in May, and will be closely followed by two more books this year. When not being Virginia, Sue likes to go on foreign adventures with her long-suffering husband, shop for things she doesn't need and drink tea.

For any member wishing to be interviewed for the RNA blog about their latest venture, or who would like to write an article, please contact me on Here is a little about me:

Elaine Everest writes sagas, set in and around WW2 for Pan Macmillan. She is a qualified teacher and runs her own writing school in Kent, which has produced many successful writers. In the umpteen years leading up to her dream of being a published novelist Elaine worked in journalism, sold over sixty short stories to women’s magazines and written non-fiction books for dog owners. She enjoys the social media side of writing and loves broadcasting, be it about her novels or imparting her knowledge as a canine journalist. Amongst her competition wins are BBC Radio Short Story Writer of the Year and being shortlisted for The Harry Bowling Prize.

Elaine is a committee member of the RNA and has run this blog for almost four years. Please say hello to her on Twitter: @elaineeverest or come along and join the RNA Facebook Group and join in with our chats about all things writerly.

Our first blog article starts tomorrow. Why not sign up so you don’t miss our posts?

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