Meet Our New VP of Communications, Louise Knott Ahern!

louiseA huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. Next up, come meet our new VP of Communications, Louise Knott Ahern (w/a Lyssa Kay Adams)!.

Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing?

A. I’ve always been a writer. My family tells me I would carry around a notebook and a pencil before I could even read, so I was born with the writing bug. I spent the first 20 years of my professional career as a reporter and editor before finally realizing my lifelong dream of publishing my first novel, Seventh Inning Heat, in March 2016. I can’t imagine NOT being a writer. In fact, if I go more than two days without writing, I get cranky.

Q. Why is contemporary romance important to you?

A. I read and enjoy almost all genres of romance, but I write contemporary because it’s the genre where I feel I can tell the kinds of stories I write best — stories of real women facing real-life obstacles in a modern setting. I want readers to see themselves in the small details of my books, whether it’s through the tough-as-nails struggles of women in male-dominated fields or the eye-rolling nuisances of dealing with the pressures of being social-media perfect or even just the daily joys of motherhood.

Q. How has the chapter helped you with your writing career?

A. Primarily through the friendships and relationships I’ve made through the chapter! This chapter is full of wickedly talented writers who I learn from every day. Chapter events are also a huge benefit, such as the webinar last year featuring K.M. Weiland and the Novelicious retreat at the last RWA National conference. I can’t imagine trying to navigate a romance writing career without being part of RWA or this chapter.

Q. What does your position involve? What are some of your main roles?

A. As VP Communications, I’m the go-to person for the chapter’s Facebook group, website, Yahoo group (which was what we used before creating the Facebook group) and other chapter communications. If you need any help accessing any of our various groups, you can ask me! I also monitor the chapter’s main email account: RWAContemporaryRomance@gmail.com 

Q. What are your goals for the chapter? What would you like to see happen over the next year?

A. I was so glad to see us switch to a Facebook group last year, and I’d love to see us continue to make use of that social media platform to build our community and nurture relationships. Primarily, though, I want to make sure every member feels they are always aware of the goings-on of the chapter!

Q. Other than the fact that you’re a writer, what else would you like us to know about you?

A. I live in Michigan and never complain about winter. I actually love snow. Love, love, love snow. I’m a happy little penguin when it snows. But the real light of my life is my family– my 11-year-old daughter and my husband of 16 years. We are an unconventional family, and if we ever had a family photo shoot, it would have to feature my husband yelling at someone on the phone (he’s a sports editor), my daughter grumbling about changing her lucky basketball socks, and me with a disgusted look on my face as I cleaned out whatever rotten vegetables have turned to goo in the fridge. We also have a pesky Maltese who buries things all over the house. I once found a donut in my underwear drawer, and just last weekend, my daughter yelled down from her room, “Mom, there’s a pancake under my pillow.” Yes, he will end up in a book someday!

Thank you, Louise, for all of your hard work and dedication to the chapter! 

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