Featured Speakers

    Romance Writers of America is proud to announce the 2014 RWA Conference special speakers. We hope you join us in San Antonio, Texas, from July 23–26!

    Sylvia Day

    Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Day

    Sylvia Day is the number one New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels translated into 41 languages and is a number one bestseller in 21 countries.

    Sylvia will speak at the Keynote Luncheon on Thursday, July 24. 

    Photo credit: Ian Spanier Photography

    Cindy Ratzlaff

    Special Speaker: Cindy Ratzlaff

    A 25-year publishing industry veteran, Cindy Ratzlaff created the launch campaigns for more than 150 New York Times best-selling books. Cindy was named to the Forbes "20 Best Branded Women on Twitter" list and Forbes Woman called her one of the “Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship.” She is the author of two books on happiness and self-esteem, Queen of Your Own Life and Queenisms.

    Cindy will speak to conference attendees at the General Session on Friday morning, July 25, about "how to write a book, build a platform, balance a personal life, and become a bestseller without bankrupting yourself, killing your spouse, becoming estranged from your friends and running screaming into the night."

    Karen Rose

    Featured Speaker: Karen Rose

    Karen Rose is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author of more than 12 romantic suspense novels and novellas. She has won two RITA awards and her books have been translated into 21 languages.

    Karen will speak to conference attendees at the General Session on Saturday morning, July 26. 

    Barbara Samuel

    Librarians Day Luncheon Speaker: Barbara Samuel 

    Barbara Samuel (Barbara O’Neal) is the best-selling author of more than 40 books. She has won seven RITA awards and was inducted in the RWA Hall of Fame in 2012.

    Simone Elkeles

    Awards Ceremony Emcee: Simone Elkeles 

    Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including the RITA for her book Perfect Chemistry.