Romance writers take over San Diego

Looking for something to do this week, from July 13 – 16? The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina will be the venue for this year’s Romance Writers of America Conference. Writers and industry professionals from all over the world will be attending to educate and provide information, including interaction with writers, editors, agents, publishers, booksellers, and book reviewers. Highlights for fans of this genre include: the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing session, a scavenger hunt for attendees with three winners chosen at random each day, and the awards ceremony on Saturday from 8 to 10 pm with emcee Roxanne St. Claire, streamlined at

New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth will be in attendance. She speaks of her decision to become a writer since “my husband is retired from the SEALs. My goal is to give insight into the SEAL community, respectful of our courageous souls, and to illustrate how hard and complicated dedication can be as well as how precious those peaceful moments are. There are basic facts that are true to ALL military life: struggles with marriage, family, relationships, money, health, and returning home. So come join many of my friends and myself as we celebrate literacy at the RWA National Literacy Event. HOOYAH!”

The “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing event supports adult literacy programs. RWA anticipates raising enough money at the 2016 book signing to push its 26-year donation total to over $1 million. By attending the Autograph session on Wednesday, July 13, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. fans will be able to meet and have their books signed by over 400 romance authors including Nora Roberts, Sylvia Day and Jayne Ann Krentz. One hundred percent of proceeds from book sales benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide and a local organization, the San Diego Council on Literacy. Their goal is to help create lifelong readers.

Besides promoting literacy, Romance Writers of America’s ( mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused authors through networking, advocacy, and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. This is a $1 billion industry, and a consistent, top-performing category on the bestseller lists. Romance novels may have any tone or style, set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality — ranging from sweet to extremely hot. These settings and distinctions of plot create specific subgenres within romance fiction. Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story, as well as an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.

Author Catherine Maxwell wants San Diegans to realize “there is a sub chapter in Romance Writers of America called the RomVets for writers who have served our country. So, why do women who have served turn to writing romance? First, we are adventurous women and our stories reflect our openness to relationships and ideas. Second, we believe in community, in the value of working together. Third, the stories are fun to write and one thing we enjoy is a good time. Come out and consider we will be having a ‘call to arms.’”

This is a great opportunity to help San Diego’s community, meet bestselling authors, and learn about the romance genre. For information visit the website at (



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Elise Cooper

Elise writes book reviews that always include a short author interview.