Meet the talented team behind Heyer Society – Essays on the Literary Genius of Georgette Heyer…
Kathleen Baldwin has written several award-winning Traditional Regency Romances, including Mistaken Kiss, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and Lady Fiasco. A School for Unusual Girls, the first book in her alternate history Stranje House series, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and has received a number of other accolades, while the second book in the series, Refuge for Masterminds, won the 2018 GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Young Adult award. The series has been optioned by blockbuster producer Ian Bryce, and best-selling author Meg Cabot calls Kathleen’s work “completely original and totally engrossing.”
Since being named Notable New Author in 1998, Cheryl Bolen has gone on to publish three dozen historical novels set in Georgette Heyer’s fictional England. Bolen’s books have won many awards and have topped most bestseller lists. In addition, she’s been a frequent contributor of non-fiction articles on Georgian England for The Regency Reader, The Quizzing Glass, and The Regency Plume for the past 20 years. Her articles have also appeared in The Writer magazine. She lives in Texas.
Anna Bradley is an award-winning author of Regency Romances. Anna came by her love of the era the usual way—via a deep, abiding love for Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and an appreciation for gentlemen in breeches and polished Hessians. Anna lives with her husband and two children in Portland, Oregon, where people are delightfully weird and love to read.
Kirsten Elliott has always had an interest in industrial archaeology, particularly canals, but her other interests are architecture, dance, literature and the social life of the Georgian period. For over thirty years she has led guided tours of Bath, and she also professionally researches the history of buildings. She is the author of several books on Bath’s literary, architectural and social history.
Rachel Hyland is Editor of Romantic Intentions Quarterly and the author of the Reading Heyer series, beginning with Reading Heyer: The Black Moth, released in April, 2018. Other non-fiction works include Classics Gone Wild (with Kate Nagy), The White Queen: Reviewed and Project Film Geek, among many more. She is a Heyer devotee to her very soul and ’pon rep, could not imagine life without all those brilliant, sparkling words. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. Also: lawks.
Janga spent decades teaching literature and writing to groups ranging from twelve-year-olds to college students. She wrote for All About Romance, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Romantic Intentions Quarterly and at her blog Just Janga, where she spent many happy hours immersed in the Regency world.
Amanda Jones has been involved in organizing two very successful Georgette Heyer conferences in Sydney, Australia, and is looking forward to a third in 2019. Having read Pride and Prejudice around age 12, and looking for someone to read who was like Jane Austen, Amanda was directed by a helpful school librarian to a whole shelf of books by Georgette Heyer. She has read them repeatedly over the ensuing decades whilst raising a family and working in a number of different fields, and they have never failed to lift her spirits.
Jennifer Kloester first read Georgette Heyer’s novels while living in the jungle in Papua New Guinea and re-read them while living in the desert in Bahrain. In 2004, she completed a Doctorate on Georgette Heyer and her Regency Novels. Since then she has written extensively about Heyer and the Regency and has given writing workshops and public presentations in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. She is the author of Georgette Heyer’s Regency World and Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller. Jennifer also writes fiction; her novel Jane Austen’s Ghost will be available in 2019.
Kate Nagy likes: home repair, thunderstorms, 80s references, and the Lost finale. Dislikes: home repair, big crowds, bad music, and the Joker in any incarnation. She lives in Falls Church, Virginia; not to be mistaken for Fell’s Church, Virginia, where those Vampire Diaries people live. She writes essays and reviews for Romantic Intentions Quarterly and is the co-author of Classics Gone Wild. Her first novel, White Rock Hill, is forthcoming, and Grandma’s Secret Bookshelf: Re-Reading the Popular Women’s Fiction of Yesteryear will be released by Overlord Publishing in Spring, 2019.
Megan Osmond uses her Ph.D. in molecular biology to read the chemistry between characters in romance novels. She is a frequent contributor to Romantic Intentions Quarterly. She lives north of Sydney with her husband and two children.
Madeline Paschen graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in Creative Writing, with a focus on detective fiction. She lives in Chicago and has written eight novels, one of which she might even publish someday.
Jennifer Proffitt is the former community manager of one of the largest romance community sites, Heroes and Heartbreakers, and now fills her days as a digital marketing professional. She spends her free time writing and reading romance novels and talking about pop culture. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her cat, whom she likes more than most people.
Cat Sebastian writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings. Cat lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s doing crossword puzzles, bird-watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.
Clara Shipman is a voracious reader of all kinds of Romance, Mystery and Women’s Fiction (whatever that is). She lives on the outskirts of Boston, where she spends her days writing algorithms and her nights writing reviews for Romantic Intentions Quarterly, when not on long walks with her dog, Lufra.
Maura Tan was born in Zanzibar, grew up in Morocco and lives in Singapore, where she is currently studying for her third degree in Contemporary Literature—when not writing reviews for Romantic Intentions Quarterly and eating her bodyweight in durian.
Anne-Marie Turenne is a passionate reader of historical fiction, and loves to share her reviews on Goodreads, where she has posted more than 420 and counting. She lives in Canada.
Tabetha Waite is an award-winning author of historical romance. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two daughters. She appreciates Georgette Heyer because of her knowledge of the Regency period and her influence on the modern romance novel.
Janet Webb is a frequent contributor to All About Romance and Romantic Intentions Quarterly. She lives in Canada.
Ruth Williamson is forever grateful to the shrewd bookseller who suggested to a bookish young teen that she read The Talisman Ring. Ruth is based in New Zealand as an independent writer and commentator, and is currently the editor of the Jane Austen Society of Australia’s Chronicle. She has taken part in several Georgette Heyer Conferences in Australia, many JASA events, and presented papers to audiences of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also contributed to The Joy of Jane, a collection of essays published to mark 200 years since the death of Jane Austen.
Karen Zachary, whose friends would consider her a bluestocking if they knew what that word meant, works as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., a beautiful city largely populated by toad-eaters, elbow crookers, and gabsters peddling bags of moonshine. She revels in reading historical romance, but insists that the history aspect be as authentic as possible. In addition Georgette Heyer, she greatly admires authors Lucinda Brant and Stella Riley, both of whom chose the delectable English actor Alex Wyndham to narrate their books. Her book reviews appear at Goodreads, Amazon, and Facebook under the nom de internet Lady Wesley.