Meet EVA Vice President, Programs, Janna Roznos

Meet our Board and Members

This post  continues our monthly feature to introduce you to the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re introducing our Vice President, Programs, Contemporary Romance author Janna Roznos.

A woman must have . . . a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

–Virginia Woolf

Everyone needs a room of his or her own to write, a place where they feel safe, a place where they can summon the muse and create.

Writing is such a solitary activity that even if you sit in your crowded coffee house you are still alone with your thoughts, your keyboard, and your desire to fill the screen with your prose.

East Valley Authors is a place to meet others who desire to write just like you. We come from different backgrounds and different skills, but we are united in our writing. Some of us have been published traditional or indie while others are still struggling to finish their first book, but all of us have one common thread and that is our writing.

At an EVA meeting we are not stuck in a room of our own but rather in a room bursting with the vitality of other writers where we are able to share our frustrations, our triumphs, and more importantly ask for advice.

We have writing workshops at each meeting that cover various topics from craft to self-publishing, to website design. We have a critique group that meets immediately after our meetings.

Sure a room of one’s own is vital for every writer: a place to feel secure, a place to summon the muse, a place to fill the screen with our hard luck prose; but wouldn’t it be nice to have some place to share your writing and learn how to improve your craft?

So whether your room is in your house, your local coffee shop, or your car on your lunch hour, come spend the first Saturday of the month with like-minded writers at the East Valley Authors.

About Janna

Janna Roznos is a native Californian, who shares her home with a former professional athlete–a retired greyhound racer, two grumpy cats, and one very supportive husband.

When she isn’t out fly-fishing or sewing or searching used bookstores for vintage Harlequin romances, she is tapping away on her keyboard.

Her novella, Second Time Around, was published in the anthology, The Secrets of Moonlight Cove: six romances by six authors, set in the small beach town of Moonlight Cove, where everyone has a secret.

Come Join Us!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702. 

On June 3, 2017 we’ll hold our annual retreat at the historic La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena. Find more information here.

There will be no meeting in July, due to the proximity to the 4th of July holiday. Our next regular meeting will be held on August 5, 2017 at the Azusa Public Library.



EVA’s Annual Writers’ Retreat: There’s Still Time To Sign Up!

There’s still time to sign up for East Valley Authors’ Annual Writers’ Retreat!

This year we’ll hold the annual EVA Retreat on June 3, 2017, at the historic La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, California. Put this date on your calendar, because our presenter will be the fabulous Chris Marie Green, who’ll lead two workshops:
“Pied Piping the Muse: An Interactive Music Brainstorming Session”
Do you ever find yourself at a creative standstill, needing to “fill the well,” but lacking the inspiration to do so?  By using music as a tool for creation, Chris Marie Green (AKA Crystal Green) will help you to conjure up a story premise or enliven a scene that’s dead on arrival.   You’ll be going into deep brainstorming territory, using a serious focus on music to stimulate your neurons and shake up that creativity, so get ready to roll!
“From Small Town, Texas, To A Colony On Mars: World Building For Whatever You’re Writing”
Whether you’re constructing a paranormal setting full of were-creatures, bringing to life a fictional, quirky, small-Texas contemporary town, or pulling together the details of a historical, world building is a skill that will make your story come alive.  In fact, Chris Marie Green has found that piecing together the environment that your characters inhabit is her favorite part of writing a book; it’s an ongoing, flexible, “living” process that reaches beyond brainstorming and can shape the story and characterization going forward.
By the end of the day, you should have the framework and inspiration for a new story!
Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the first workshop begins at 9 a.m.
Chris Marie Green and her alter ego Crystal Green have written eighty works in total. “Chris Marie Green” writes everything from hot contemporary romance to new adult to thrillers to paranormals. Some of her series include Rough and Tumble, Aidan Falls, Final Girls, and Vampire Babylon. RITA nominated “Crystal Green” writes “sweet” romance, namely the Heroes of the West historical Western series for Debra’s Holland’s Montana Sky Kindle Worlds series.
Registration for the retreat is $50 and includes a boxed lunch from Corner Bakery. Here’s how to register:
RWA members, log in to myRWA and go to
Here are the lunch choices:
 1) Corner Bakery Cafe Signature Salad – Spinach Sweet Crisp
Baby spinach tossed with freshly slices strawberries, oranges, red grapes, dried cranberries, green onions, creamy goat cheese and raisin pecan sweet crisps, drizzled with our homemade pomegranate vinaigrette. Includes freshly baked focaccia bread.
2) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – D.C. Chicken Salad Sandwich*
All natural chicken, green apples, currants, red onions, celery, mayo and toasted almonds with lettuce and tomatoes on steakhouse rye.
3) Corner Bakery Boxed Lunch – Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich*
Roast Beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and cracked pepper balsamic mayo on sesame bread.
*Sandwiches include: Corner Bakery chips, fresh seasonal fruit and freshly baked cookie
After registering, please email your lunch choice to 
Here’s that registration link again:

If you are not a member of RWA and would like to attend:

You are most welcome! Email us at and a board member will contact you with instructions.

Let us know if you have questions!
Mary Kozlowski
VP Communications

Meet EVA Treasurer, Diane Benefiel

Meet our Board and Members

This post continues our monthly feature to introduce you to the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re introducing our Treasurer, multi-published Romantic Suspense author, Diane Benefiel.

EVA – What Would I Do Without You?

I still remember driving to my first EVA meeting. My map was open on the passenger seat, I didn’t know how formal the chapter was so I dressed up a little, and being an introvert, I was nervous. Imagine my relief when I arrived and found a friendly, nurturing group of writers JUST LIKE ME.

Conversations swirled around exciting topics for the newbie. Should I try the traditional publishing path, or go indie? Get an agent – yes or no? Is it possible to balance work, family, and writing? (It is.)

I was hooked. That first day members encouraged me to register for the inaugural California Dreamin’ Conference, which I did. EVA helped me prepare for the conference, and I was ready. For the first time ever, I pitched to editors and agents – and they all asked to see my work!

Within a year of joining EVA I had a contract to publish my first book, and have published a book every year since then. I couldn’t have accomplished that without the support and friendship offered by the wonderful ladies at EVA.

Solitary Man

My latest release is Solitary Man, a contemporary romantic suspense. Here’s a blurb:

My wife is in danger, take care of her. Caught in a Taliban ambush, Sgt. Ryder Bronson makes a promise to his dying friend. Ryder will keep an eye on Brenna McMurtrey, but he’ll do it from a distance. He’d lost his heart to her long before – just one more weight in his load of guilt. But the police shooting of an unarmed migrant, cars speeding dangerously toward Brenna, and repeated break-ins at her house force him to abandon his hands-off policy.

Brenna is reeling, blindsided by her strong attraction to Ryder. She’d loved her husband, so how can the emotions Ryder pulls from her be so intense? A rogue cop kidnaps Brenna, forcing her and Ryder to work together. They must come to terms with the past if there’s any hope of a future together.

Find Diane at:

The East Valley Authors’ Chapter is made up of a wonderful group of writers who have a vast and varied knowledge of the writing world. So take some time and treat yourself  to the best kept secret in Southern California. Your first meeting is free.

Come Join Us!

Our regular meetings are held the first Saturday of the month at the Azusa Public Library beginning at 10:15, with an optional critique session immediately following. Come join us for a meeting, visitors are welcome! The Azusa Public Library is located at 729 N Dalton Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

Our next meeting is May 6, 2017 featuring Cami Brite, of Brite Designs. Find more information here.