Meet EVA Vice President, Communications, Alina K. Field

Meet our Board and Members

This post  continues our monthly feature introducing the Board and members of East Valley Authors, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. This week we’re featuring our Vice President, Communications, Alina K. Field:

Finding Community

I’ve had a lifelong desire to write fiction, but I couldn’t seem to find my way until I discovered the community of romance writers and East Valley Authors (EVA). As it turned out, my arrival there coincided with a revolution in publishing, sometimes called the Kindle revolution.

EVA is a small, friendly chapter of Romance Writers of America where authors and aspiring authors get together once a month for educational programs, critique, and the occasional write-in.  It’s a great place to find the resources to learn craft, to network with fellow authors, and to navigate this rapidly changing industry.

Whether you’re just starting out, wondering how to go about writing those stories that pop into your head, or you’ve finished a manuscript and don’t know what to do next, or you’re already multi-published, you’ll find people who understand! And even if you don’t write romance, membership in EVA and RWA gives you access to affordable craft education and the latest news about business trends for both traditional and indie published authors.

First time visitors are free. Come check out an East Valley Authors meeting and see for yourself!

About Alina

Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.

She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring.

Her latest release is The Bastard’s Iberian Bride, a full-length Regency romantic adventure about a spy’s daughter who dodges an arranged marriage to an earl’s illegitimate son and seeks the fortune left by her inscrutable father. When her quest draws a villain’s threat, the only person she can trust is the war-weary soldier she doesn’t want to marry—but can’t seem to resist.

Visit Alina at AlinaKField.com  or on Facebook, where you can find out more about her books.

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.

There will be no meeting in July, due to the proximity to the 4th of July holiday.

Our next regular meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on August 5, 2017 at the Azusa Public Library. We’d love to have you stop by!

 

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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:

http://www.dianebenefiel.com/

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.