Q and A with Joanna Paez, CRWA’s VP of Communications

We, as contemporary romance writers, are so lucky to have such an active, vibrant chapter, designed just for us, with so many resources and so much encouragement available to help guide us through our careers.

The chapter wouldn’t be what it is today without our wonderful, hard-working, dedicated board members.

With their first-terms about to draw to a close, we thought we’d invite each board members to come and chat with us about what it’s been like serving on a large chapter board and what they’ve learned in the past year.

Next up is our vice president of communications, Joanna Paez.

Welcome, Joanna!

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

A. I fell in love with reading at an early age and eventually started creating my own characters and stories. Once I started writing down my ideas, they wouldn’t stop coming! I had no choice, really.

Q. What appeals to you most about the contemporary romance genre?

A. I read across romance genres. However, I love stories set in modern times because the characters are much more relatable to me.

Q. Why, in your opinion, is it important for contemporary romance writers to have their own chapter?

A. Contemporary romance has specific genre requirements, not only in terms of craft but also in terms of marketing. Having a chapter just for contemporary romance writers gives us the opportunity to network and learn from other writers in the genre and stay current on the how the market changes and fluctuates.

Q. What does your position as vice president of communications involve? What are some of your main roles? What challenges have you faced? What have you enjoyed most?

A. As VP of communications, my main role is to manage communications for the chapter. Some of the position’s duties include overseeing the primary email account, sharing items like other chapter contests or workshops or anything that might interest Contemporary Romance members to the private Facebook group and MyRWA forums, and managing weekly discussions to get members more active on CRW’s private Facebook group.

CRW members include new and seasoned authors, so the challenge is finding content that will appeal to authors at all stages of their careers. I’ve enjoyed interacting with fellow members in the facebook group and learning from their responses.

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

A. I would like to see the more engagement in the chapter’s facebook group so that it becomes a place where members can turn to ask questions, receive guidance, and get support from other authors.

Q. Do you have any words of wisdom to share with the newer members of the chapter?

A. Volunteer and don’t be afraid to start small or try different roles. Volunteering is a great way to network, grow and learn as an author.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?

A. I’ve enjoyed my time as VP of communications! I’ve met so many wonderful people and feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work closely with a wonderful group of ladies.

Also, I’ll be here to help and support the new VP of Communications transition in their new role.

Thank you so much, Joanna, for all you do for the chapter, and for stopping by the blog!

Joanna Paez writes Contemporary Romance and is the current VP of Communications for the Contemporary Romance Writers. She lives in Hudson Valley, NY with her husband, son and two super cuddly Goldendoodles. 

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