ROSA's Published Authors
Natasha AndersI’ve been writing romance since I was thirteen and at fourteen sent this handwritten, completely unprofessional looking query letter off to Mills and Boon/Harlequin telling them that I’d written the best romance ever! Needless to say, nothing came of that. This early rejection didn’t faze me; I kept writing.
In 2012 I finally took the plunge to self-publish a little story I’d been working on for many, many years, The Unwanted Wife, and that was that. Apparently I’m an author now.
Peter BarkerPG Barker lives in Johannesburg with his wife Audrey. He has spent most of his career as an accountant in the travel industry. Peter had a stint as a photographic journalist during his youth, has edited many in house magazines and contributed to a daily devotional book. Writing has been his lifelong dream, and his impending retirement will give him the opportunity to fulfil it.
Peter and Audrey have five children and six grandchildren.
Alissa BaxterAlissa grew up with her nose in a book on an Mpumalanga farm. During the long university holidays, she started writing her first Regency romance, The Dashing Debutante.
She travelled the world before settling down to write her second Regency romance, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which was inspired by her experience of living on a country estate in England.
Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and her two sons. She is also the author of two contemporary romances.
Francine BeatonFrancine lives in Pretoria with her Scottish husband, teenage daughter and Rocky the Cat. When she’s not reading or writing about Happy Ever Afters, she’s most likely painting or taking photos. During rugby season, you’ll either find her next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favourite teams. It’s not difficult to see why so many of her novels are rugby-themed. Whenever she gets the opportunity, she loves travelling to faraway places and considers Scotland her other home.
Lisa BellLisa began her novel writing adventure whilst running her insurance brokerage and self-published The Shifters in 2010, followed by The Shifters Part Two.
Lisa now operates her own Writing Agency, The Word Architect, where she crafts content for individuals and corporates. When she gets a gap for her own writing, Lisa disappears into what she calls her alternative fantasy romances and currently is working on a new novel.
Kathy BosmanKathy lives in Durban, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. She writes romance in many forms, most of the time with women who feel deeply, men who care strongly, and characters who learn lessons along the way. Every so often, she sprinkles a little magic in her stories.
Malene BreytenbachMalene lives in Stellenbosch. She was born in Port Shepstone but lived in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) until the age of 14 when they emigrated to South Africa. She studied at Pretoria and Stellenbosch Universities.
After retiring from Stellenbosch University she now writes full-time.
Since the publication of her first romance by in 2005 more than 30 of her romances (contemporary, medical and historical) have been published. She has also written 6 novels, book reviews, and short stories.
Helena DavisAuthor Helena Davis lives in the beautiful KwaZulu Natal Midlands
of South Africa. She and her husband run a charming flower shop
together. They have two wonderful children who have flown the coop.
Helena, a self-confessed introvert, who turns down invitations to
dinner parties in favour of writing books, has written several novels -
the first to be published is a love story 'The Wind in the Wheat
Elaine DodgeBorn in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe, I currently live in South Africa.
My professional career started in Zimbabwe with Graphic Design. From there, it was a natural progression into Advertising. Once I became Assistant Creative Director it felt like time for a change: of country and profession.
In South Africa, I segued into broadcast television. That’s how I discovered that fiction and storytelling is my passion. Harcourt’s Mountain, nominated for the 2014 Rone Awards, is my first novel.
Marie DryEver since she can remember Marie wanted to travel. She had the privilege of living in Zambia, Morocco, and Spain and sees herself as a bit of a gypsy.
She read romances since she was nine and was fairly young when she decided she would write the perfect story that had all the elements she looked for in a romance. In 1997 she decided to go all out with her writing and to get published. Being published by Black Opal Books is a dream come true for her.
Pixie EmslieAlways a romantic, and a writer, I ‘published’ my first book at the age of 12 – and then took a sabbatical so my next book, Cry of the Rocks, came out about 40 years later. Then, in between other writing, I mistakenly dreamed that Romance might make money...
It hasn’t, but what fun it’s been. First came His Precious Diamond, the First in the Pixie Emslie Exotica Romance Series, followed by the second, His Prize Cheetah, both set in places I love in Africa, the bush, wild animals and romance.
Dorothy EwelsDorothy developed a love of reading early. Her passion for the written word has spanned decades until she finally put pen to paper and began her path as an indie author.
Married, with one son and two fur babies, she lives in Cape Town and while she loves travelling, she cannot see herself living anywhere else. When she’s not weaving stories in her writing cave, she spends her time with family, friends, as well as enjoying crafting. But of course, her main passions are reading and writing.
Ashleigh GiannoccaroBestselling Author Ashleigh Giannoccaro writes edgy dark romance and erotic horror, self published by choice she writes the stories others don’t dare. Currently rising in Johannesburg South Africa with her husband and two daughters Ashleigh enjoys writing stories that make you fall in love with the unlovable and leave you asking questions. When not writing she can be found with her kindle in a sunny spot reading or traveling with her family.
Sharonlee HolderSouth African, born and bred, Sharonlee Holder lives in one of the outer suburbs of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa.
Life is a happy and creative jumble of a husband, three grown daughters, one super cute grand-daughter, three dogs, a cat, and a mouthy African Grey parrot.
Endless hours at the keyboard are supported by copious amounts of frothy coffee and ‘What ifs?’. Writing breaks are a blend of the big outdoors astride a motorbike, reading or watching anything
Amanda HollyAmanda Holly is the winner of the Strelitzia Award for best manuscript by an unpublished author in 2018. She has now published her book Master for Life as an Indie Author. It is available as an ebook at Amazon.com as well as on the Amazon Kindle Unlimited platform.
Now that she's ticked off one of her bucket list items, Amanda is writing her second book as she's totally in love with being published.
Georgia Lyn HunterGeorgia Lyn hails from the tropical climes of South Africa and currently lives in the Middle East.
She has created stories from the moment she could string two words together. No matter the tale, they always have romance woven through them.
When not writing or plotting her next book, she loves reading, travelling, painting, or trolling flea markets.
After working a few jobs, all Art related, she found her passion: writing.
There really is no other job she’d rather be doing.
Suzanne JefferiesSuzanne loves to write romance from contemporary to the downright blush-worthy. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, she believes regular HEAs help to keep away reality blues. Her novel, The Joy of Comfort Eating won the 2016 ROSA Imbali Award for excellence in romance writing, and she won the 2011 Mills & Boon Voice of Africa competition. As a writer-at-large, she writes kick ass copy for government and corporate clients – new clients always welcome. She is also a writing consultant and coach.
Jo-anne JosephJo-Anne Joseph is a USA Today Bestselling author and writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and psychological thriller romances. She has a flair for creating stories that are emotionally charged or that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Along with a passion for writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys painting and coloring. She also has a deep love for poetry and prose. Her lifelong love affair with words started at a young age.
Jo-Anne lives in Johannesburg.
Sophia KarlsonSophia Karlson writes Romance and Erotic Romance in far-flung settings. She's addicted to travel, whether it's physical travel or the more affordable armchair kind. Taking readers on a journey of their own with her books is part of the plot. Bon voyage!
Charlene NamdhariBorn and raised in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa and now living in the City of Gold, Johannesburg Charlene's days are an energetic mixture of a full time job, a wife and Mom to two beautiful teenagers. She holds a Law Degree and is an avid events manager.
Believing writing is the wings to holistic escapism, she makes the time in her busy schedule giving life to her dreams of bringing together passion filled heroes and heroines in a happily ever after.
Cindi PageCindi Page is a writer. She lives a happy life with her kids and her high school sweetheart in Cape Town, South Africa. When she isn’t telling stories through her writing, she blogs about food, wine and tourism. A Piece of My Heart, the first installment of her Full Circle trilogy is her debut novel - a romance. The second and final books of the trilogy: Without You and Full Circle will be released late in 2017.
Rae RiversRae’s an avid reader with a passion for writing spicy romance novels. She writes Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romances. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband and children and a zoo of house pets. Besides writing, she loves family time, the outdoors, travelling, watching TV series, reading and chocolate.
Romy SommerOnce upon a time, there was a little girl who dreamed big dreams. With the help of a great many fairy godmothers, the slaying of a few dragons, and not nearly enough pretty shoes, Romy became the princess she'd always dreamed of being.
As a 2016 finalist for the RWA RITA Award and Chairperson of ROSA, all Romy's dreams have come true. And as a writing coach and teacher, she now helps make other writers' dreams come true too.
Romy writes contemporary fairy tale romances and 1920s historicals.
Melissa A. VolkerI’m a reader, a writer, a single use plastic hater and the slave of a mean-eyed cat. My first novel, A Fractured Land, was published in the USA in 2018. My second novel, Shadow Flicker, won the inaugural Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa’s Strelitzia Award in 2017. I’m honoured and delighted that both titles were published in South Africa in 2019 by Karavan Press. I’m a frothing SUP surfer so besides writing fiction, I share the stoke as a freelance surf writer.
Elsabé WelmanElsabé recently relocated to Johannesburg from Lichtenbur. She has a background in teaching and admin work, though her creative side runs deep.
Her first novel, RYK ARMGAT, was published in 2015, and FILTERVLINDER was published in 2017.
In 2016 she won the Thompson/Afrifiksie Youth Fantasy award with her short story, DIE ZINBALIPOORT, and FILTERVLINDER won second place in Malherbe Publishers’ competition.
Elsabé’s books are characterized by a combination of suspense, romance and comedy.
Tanya WildeTanya Wilde developed a passion for reading when she had nothing better to do than lurk in the library during her lunch breaks. Her love affair with pen and paper soon followed after she devoured all of their historical romance books!
When she’s not meddling in the lives of her characters or drinking copious amounts of coffee, she’s off on adventures with her partner in crime.
Wilde lives in a town at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, South Africa.
Joss WoodJoss loves books and travelling—especially to the wild places of Southern Africa. She has the domestic skills of a pot plant and drinks far too much coffee.
Joss has written over 25 books for Kiss/ Modern Tempted, Presents and most recently, the Desire lines for Harlequin/Mills & Boon. She also writes for Tule Publishing and has two single title romances published with Penguin/Random House.
After a career in pro-business lobbying and local economic development, she now writes full time.