Long Island Chapter of
Romance Writers of America
Are you an experienced author in search of camaraderie and support
… or maybe a novice trying to learn the ropes?
Long Island Romance Writers, Chapter 160 of Romance Writers of America, may be the writing community you're looking for! Join us and start connecting with other writers and authors–
Share, Learn, Grow.
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Robin L. Dunn
VICE PRESIDENT - Programs
VICE PRESIDENT - Communications
Suzanne McKenna Link
Meet Our Members
Fantasy • Science Fiction
Catherine writes the Major Bhaajan Mysteries, Skolian saga and other works. She received a PhD in chemical physics from Harvard and often appears as a speaker in the US and abroad. She started imagining sf stories at the venerable age of three.
Speaker / Expertise Topics: Science in science fiction, science in romance, cross-over from science fiction and fantasy to romance, writing, editing, mathematics, physics, feminism, women in non-traditional fields, writing non-traditional characters (esp Latinx), women writing hard sf, women in STEM.
Online & In-person.
Contemporary • Suspense
Mary is a Member of The Romance Writer's of America (RWA), The RWA Long Island Chapter & Kiss of Death Chapter, The Academy of American Poets as well as the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI). She loves to write Poetry, Romance of all types, Children's Books and Women's fiction.
Contemporary • YA
Patty Blount found her superpower writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty gives a voice to characters society would prefer to ignore…like Grace and Ashley from her award-winning #meToo novels.
Speaker / Expertise Topics: Scrivener Bullet Journaling Teen Characters/Voice
For schools/libraries: Writing as Art Some Boys But Not All: Why sexual assault is not just a woman's problem.
Online & limited In-Person.
R.L. Dunn resides with her family in a beautiful community on Long Island. After illness struck, Robin gave up a 25 year career in EMS and returned to creating stories. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the president of the Long Island Romance Writers. Living a life worth living, she continues to use her professional background, first responder medical, law enforcement and military contacts to write more romantic suspense novels and thrillers in the future.
Speaker / Expertise Topics: Romantic Suspense, Chronic illness, medicine in romance.
Claudine is currently working on her first Historical Romance—which is set in Nice, France in 1883. She intends a series based on strong women and their Cinnamon Roll heroes. Claudine holds a B.A. in English Literature/Communications (double major) with a Minor in European History, as well as an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University.
Blue Saffire, award-winning, bestselling author of over thirty contemporary romance novels and novellas, writes with the intention to touch the heart and the mind. Blue hooks, weaves, and loops multiple series, keeping you engaged in her worlds. Blue writes for Perceptive Illusions as Blue Saffire as well as Royal Blue.
Speaker / Expertise Topics: Branding, series for maximum profit, marketing, NLP and writing.
Diana Marik is the award-winning author of the Seven Deadly Veils PNR/UFR series. Ms. Marik's writings revolve around diversity, kickass heroines, and sexy heroes. Her stories include fast-paced action, suspense, mystery, and steamy romance. She received her MA in English Literature from Hofstra University.
Contemporary New Adult
Suzanne has a proclivity for dark stories with chaotic life-like drama. Growing up on the quiet South Shore of Long Island, Suzanne began writing to help her understand the meaning of life. The questions she couldn’t answer when she was younger, she’s making sure her fictional characters can, and sometimes those answers come in the form of a devilishly handsome, small town bad boy.
USA Today bestselling author Jeannie Moon, has always been a romantic. The author of nineteen contemporary romances, for Tule Publishing and PenguinRandomHouse, Jeannie is married to her high school sweetheart, has three grown kids, two grandbabies, three lovable dogs and is a lifelong resident of Long Island, NY.
Speaker / Expertise Topics: Jeannie is available for workshops, book clubs, library talks, author panels, and media interviews. A career educator with over 30 years of experience, Jeannie has presented workshops on craft, the business of writing, and the writer's life. A list of workshops and presentations are available at
Urban • Fantasy
Ruth Vincent is the author of the Changeling P.I. urban fantasy series with HarperCollins Voyager Impulse. She is currently at work on an interactive fiction game for Heart's Choice, the Romance label of Choice of Games LLC.
Paris Wynters is a multi-racial author who writes steamy and sweet love East Coast stories that celebrate our diverse world. She is the author of Hearts Unleashed, The Navy SEALs of Little Creek series, Love On The Winter Steppes, and Called into Action, and is represented by Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary.
Speaker / Expertise Topics: search and rescue, Pitchwars, anything dog related especially dog sports. Online & In-person.
Join Our Next Meeting
Paris Wynters and others will discuss some of the more popular programs including Pitch Wars, Author Mentor Match, Revpit, and others. Mentorship programs in the writing community are one of the many avenues authors explore on their paths toward publication. Find out what’s involved, what it’s like to actually be a mentee, and more.