PRO Mentor of the Year

Since 2004, RWA's PRO community has proudly recognized authors from the Published Authors Network (PAN) who go the extra mile to aid PRO writers in their quest for publication.  

The PRO Mentor of the Year is awarded to a member of RWA PAN who has acted as a trusted adviser, counselor, teacher or other criteria as might be determined beneficial to PRO members by the PRO Steering committee.  The award may not be presented every year if no candidate is clearly identified as meeting the level of excellence established by past recipients of the award.


2019 RWA PRO Mentor of the Year


Veronica Forand

The 2019 PRO Steering committee is pleased to announce the 2019 PRO Mentor of the Year, Veronica Forand. Forand is a novelist and an attorney. She’s won the Golden Pen Award for Romantic Suspense, the Bookseller’s Best in Romantic Suspense, finaled six books and manuscripts in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for Excellence in Suspense, and was chosen a Top Ten Finalist out of over thirty thousand entries in the James Patterson Co-Author Competition.

Forand is involved in serving multiple chapters and is a source of support for mentees with critiques, goal setting, and encouragement. She, along with a group of fellow authors, started a branch of Lady Jane Salon in the Southeast Pennsylvania area, which offers a monthly platform for romance writers to engage with readers and perform public readings.

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Veronica Forand