Published Members

SMRW has 22 published members in a variety of subgenres including Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, and even in Science Fiction & Fantasy Romance.  Our members’ works also represent a variety of sensuality levels from sweet to erotic.

Anna Adams wrote her first romance on the beach in wet sand with a stick. These days she uses modern tools to write the kind of stories she loves best-romance that involves everyone in the family-and often the whole community. Love between two people, like the proverbial stone in the lake. The ripples of their feelings spread and contract, bringing conflict and “help” from the people who care most about them.

Like many writers, I was a painfully shy child.  I loved writing but would never have considered sharing my work with anyone.  But I finally joined a writer’s group, survived critique group sessions, and developed thick skin.

As a writer, Carolynn Carey enjoys alternating between sweet contemporary romances set in Tennessee and historical romances set in England during the Regency period. Her most recent books are Prognosis for Happiness, a sweet contemporary and My Elusive Countess, a Regency-set historical. In addition, she is currently writing another in her series of books set in Barbourville, Tennessee.

KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination.

She, her husband, and bird dog live in Eastern Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river.

Cecily French is the pseudonym of an SMRW member who recently made the jump to writing Erotic Regency novellas. Her goal is to write love stories with strong plots, wonderful characters, and lots of sizzle!

Sharon Griffith just saw her first children’s book Granny Gathers published. She feels books are in her blood. She started reading early and when she discovered she could write the stories as well as read them, she was in heaven. Now, writing not only is her avocation, but her passion. She loves crafting stories about people with real problems, real emotions and who seek real solutions for their lives. While some of her stories may be serious and very heartfelt, others are riddled with humor and may be a little brash, but that’s how her characters talk to her.

She was raised in the southern part of the US and loves the peace, tenor and speech of the Southern Appalachian mountains. She started writing when she was around eight years old. Short stories with princesses, dragons, and, of course, mountains. She never showed them to anyone, thank goodness, but hid them in her books. Years later when she found a few, she read them and promptly burned them deciding some things are better left to the trash bin than to posterity. She even tried her hand in poetry. Some was good, some bad, and in high school, all had a great deal of angst. Thankfully she says her writing has improved.

Kerri Hall writes for The Wild Rose Press learned to read at the age of three and her imagination has run wild ever since. At the suggestion of a friend, she attended the very first meeting of SMRW and discovered the world of writing romantic fiction. A lifelong history buff, she especially loves the late Victorian era. When not writing romance, she enjoys gardening, singing in her church choir and running to the opera every chance she gets.

Mallory Kane has two excellent reasons for loving reading and writing. Her mother was a librarian, who taught her to love and respect books as a precious resource. Her father could hold listeners spellbound for hours with his stories. His oral histories have been chronicled in numerous places including the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress. He was always her biggest fan.

Mallory loves romantic suspense with dangerous heroes and dauntless heroines, and enjoys tossing in a bit of her medical knowledge for an extra dose of intrigue. Mallory lives in Tennessee with her computer-genius husband and three exceptionally intelligent cats.

She enjoys hearing from readers. You can write her at

I live in the foothills of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains with my husband, Tim, our daughter Danni, and the cherished pets we’ve rescued from local animal shelters…dogs Molly and Abby and cats Lucky and Gus.

I’m active in my church, where I help cook Wednesday night meals and work with the trustees on church construction and beautification projects.  I’m also active with the youth, and help raise funds for mission projects through our breakfast table.

I also teach 7th grade math and English at Seymour Middle School.  I love working with teenagers, and have been blessed to know many wonderful children and parents during my 25 years of teaching.

I enjoy the outdoors and am looking forward to cooler autumn weather.  I enjoy cultivating flowers, taking long walks with my wonderful husband, and reading romance books while lying in a hammock beneath our century-old shade trees.

Ten percent of every sale of Mended Heart goes to charity.

Meta Mathews is the pseudonym for an award-winning author. Her three erotic romances to date have been published by Ellora’s Cave.

Bob Mayer is a West Point Graduate, Former Green Beret, CEO of Cool Gus Publishing and a NY Times Bestselling Author. He has had over 50 books published. He has sold over four million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way concept, which he translated into Write it Forward: a holistic program teaching writers how to be authors. He is also the Co-Creator of Cool Gus Publishing, which does both eBooks and Print on Demand, so he has experience in both traditional and non-traditional publishing.

Janice Maynard knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels in 1996 and 1997. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for sixteen years, Janice turned to writing full-time in the fall of 2002. Since then she has written and sold over twenty-five books and novellas. Her publishers include Kensington, Penguin/NAL, Berkley, and Harlequin.

Kate McKeever grew up in the mountains of the Southern Highlands. After college, several tries at careers, and a lot of soul searching, she works with special needs children and has returned to her first love, writing. She lives in the south, surrounded by the crepe myrtle, dogwoods and lilies she loves so much. You’ll find Kate in front of her computer most evenings, surrounded by her pets, remains of chocolate and coffee. Her first book, The Single Life, is available now from Avalon Press. The second book in the series, The Single File, is also available from Avalon Press.

Teresa is a writer, an artist, an art teacher and she also sings. She teaches at a small school in southeastern Kentucky where she has six hundred and fifty students and is also a part time college professor. She has a Masters Degree in Education and is certified in Art Education K-12 and 9-12 in English. She’s a member of The National Education Associations and the Kentucky Education Association. She’s a member of RWA®, KOD the Mystery Suspense chapter of RWA, and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. She’s served for four years as Treasurer of the Kentucky Romance Writers and two years as President. Her hobbies include writing, painting, singing, crocheting, quilting, making cards, and traveling. She has recently signed a publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press for her Medieval Romance Highland Moonlight.

Andrea Renee Smith is an author, homemaker, mother, and wife who has worked in  financial institutions and as a teachers assistant. When she isn’t working on her Cristibell series, she is enjoying time with her two Maltese dogs.

Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is an adjunct faculty member at Tusculum College where she teaches research and at King University where she teaches a variety of psychology and counseling courses. Her business background includes over 25 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. She has editorial and writing experience in regional magazines and in the academic field. Lin’s latest book, Down by the River released by Kensington Publishing in early June 2014, is her sixth contemporary mainstream novel and is set in Townsend, TN, on the quiet side of The Smoky Mountains. Lin has five previously published novels, each set in different locations around the Smoky Mountains. Her upcoming novel, Makin’ Miracles, set in Gatlinburg, will be released by Kensington in January 2015, followed by Saving Laurel  Springs in the fall of 2015 and Welcome Back in the spring of 2016.  Her short novel “A Smoky Mountain Gift” will be being included in the upcoming Christmas anthology When the Snow Falls being released by Kensington Publishing in the fall of 2014. Lin’s other previously published titles include: Second Hand Rose (2013), Delia’s Place (2012), For Six Good Reasons (2011), Tell Me About Orchard Hollow (2010), and The Foster Girls (2009). Lin and her husband J.L. also published a Smokies hiking guide in January of 2014, distributed through The University of Tennessee Press, titled The Afternoon Hiker, which includes 110 trail descriptions and over 300 color photos.

Lin has two grown children and two cats –  and loves to hike, paint, read, teach, speak and share about her writing.Website link:

Leanne Tyler lives in the South and her writing reflects her heritage. Leanne writes sensual southern romances whether historical or contemporary. Step into her world and enjoy the passion. She’s currently published with The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now.

Vikki is an avid reader of historical romance and a true romantic at heart. She lives in Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, and her cat, Miss Kitty. Most of her time is spent writing, and she is presently working on her fourth book. Vikki attended teh University of Tennessee and St. Leo University and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She has worked for several large corporations in team management for many years. She finds writing much more enjoyable.

Jessie Verino writes what she terms as “sci-fantasy.” Her stories will take you to an alternate dimension and range from ultra-sensual to red-hot erotic, but they are always a romance. The beautiful Smoky Mountains and sultry southern nights inspire her, and when she isn’t writing, she’s winding her way through East Tennessee on her motorcycle, a silver and teal Suzuki Volusia. (One scene in Lord Night is based on a favorite motorcycle road on the border of Tennessee & North Carolina, the Tail of the Dragon.) She’s published with Phaze, Samhain, and L&L Dreamspell.

Shannon West is the author of M/M Erotic Romance and is one of the top 10 All Romance ebook authors of 2014. She is a finalist in the rainbow awards and she writes Alpha males for Secret Cravings and Dark Hollow Press.

Young Adult Author, Lexi Witcher, has always enjoyed stories about falling in love for the first time and watching programs geared toward teens like Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, Twisted, The Lying Game, Jane By Design, and Switched at Birth.

A Tennessee gal at heart, Donna spent her childhood in a Jersey shore town, not far from the Big Apple. In love with Donny Osmond since the age of 12, she began to write love stories about him*. Lots of them. Then, she discovered romance novels. After she married, (not Donny, by the way) her husband encouraged her to continue to write and try her hand at actually getting published. Finishing her first novel with a friend in 1989, she’ll tell you, it had every mistake in it known to the writing community. All of them. She didn’t leave one out, from craft to industry.

After finding the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers® she won several writing honors and became RWA® Pro. All because she found people who all wanted the same goal. In 2003, Donna attained two wonderful things. She was honored with the Ellie Service Award by the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers, and saw her dream came true. The 2002 Sweet, Spicy, and Spooky Award sponsored by SMRW had a final round read by Erin Cartwright-Niumata at Avalon Books. Excited to final, Donna waited on word for the winners, like any contest finalist would. Astounded to not only win, but to be requested, she didn’t believe an editor was serious about her work. That’s why she waited until October of the next year to send in the manuscript. (Of course, she also had to write it.)

Now Donna lives in East Tennessee with her husband of 24 years and teen-aged son. She is an active church member and believes in Jesus Christ as Salvation. Donna is available for speaking engagements regarding both her writing and her faith.


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