11:10 A.M. Exciting Times, Unsettling Times: Writing Romance
with Zoe York, Jackie Lau, Molly O'Keefe, Sonya Singh, and Sue Danic.
What can writers learn from the romance industry and romance writing? This panel is for those who write romance and those who are curious. Join award winning romance authors Jackie Lau, Molly O’Keefe, and Zoe York in a dialogue with debut rom com author Sonya Singh as they explore what all writers need to know about the romance industry and romance writing. They’ll share their journeys to publication, as well as why they’ve chosen romance, and how it responds to important social and political issues. Moderated by Sue Danic.
ZOE YORK is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She has published more than seventy books since her debut in 2013. Her latest novel Fearless at Heart came out in 2022.
JACKIE LAU decided she wanted to be a writer when she was in grade two, sometime between penning “The Heart That Got Lost” and “The Land of Shapes.” She later studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to writing romance novels. She is now the author of over twenty books.
Jackie lives in Toronto with her husband, and despite living in Canada her whole life, she hates winter. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gelato, gourmet donuts, cooking, hiking, and reading on the balcony when it’s raining.
MOLLY O’KEEFE is the author of over 50 contemporary romance novels. Her books have been on numerous “best of” lists including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and NPR. Her book Between The Sheets was featured in the movie Suicide Squad. As Molly Fader she is the USA Today Bestselling author of Women’s Fiction – her next release THE SUNSHINE GIRLS is out in December.
SONYA SINGH is a former entertainment reporter turned communications professional who has followed her dream of telling stories in front of the camera and now behind the scenes. Her debut novel, Sari, Not Sari, was an instant Canadian bestseller, and is an ode to her own personal dating experiences, during which she honed the art of writing the perfect break-up email/text. Sonya lives in Toronto, Canada. You can follow her at SonyaSinghBooks.com and on Instagram @SonyaSinghWrites.
SUE DANIC has a Master of Arts with a focus on early Canadian fiction. Retired after a thirty-year career teaching English and working as a librarian, she decided to read more romance: post-apocalyptic, historical, contemporary, erotic. You name it, she’s likely read it. Sue also spends her time proofreading for The New Quarterly, kayaking and learning all the skills needed for the zombie apocalypse: soap making, fabric dying, gardening, and flower arranging because “survival is insufficient.”