Q and A with CRWA President Casey Clipper!

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 chapter president, Casey Clipper....

Q & A With Chapter President Casey Clipper

Election time starts next week for the RWA national board. Our very own president is running for a director and large position, so we took advantage of having access to her and asking some questions we thought were important in making the decision on who to vote for the board. Casey gladly answered and we’re excited to present our Q&A to you. Welcome, Casey! How has being a member of RWA impacted your writing career? When I first joined RWA, I knew absolutely nothing about the business of producing a novel. RWA, and more specifically the chapters’ workshops, helped...

Creativity Through Divorce

~ By Casey Clipper I’m getting a divorce. There, I said it. Out loud. Admission is half the key, right? Yeah, right, if only. I’ve contacted a tulsa divorce attorney and I’m getting a divorce from my partner. This is a secret I’ve held close to the chest for quite some time now, only recently finally informing people of my personal plight. It’s embarrassing. Even though I shouldn’t be, I am. So, I’ve kept quiet and tried to go about my daily life. Try, being the key word. I haven’t gone into explicit details about my pending divorce, only...

Chapter Service Opportunities – A Message From President Casey Clipper

Dear Chapter Members, RWA chapters are the heart and soul of the Romance Writers of America, in my opinion. They’re the backbone of the organization. They’re where authors and writers dig into the trenches of their work. They’re the place where members get to mingle with each other and get that much needed and craved interaction with our tribe. And there are so many chapters to choose from within RWA. Contemporary, suspense, YA, paranormal, erotic, historical, local and national chapters all make up a wide variety for members to join. And with each chapter comes its own set of...

Irish Alpha Heroes and St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Our chapter president Casey Clipper has agreed to tell us a bit about writing Irish Alpha Heroes.  How’s that for good luck?  So it back and enjoy.  If you also create heroes based on aspects of your own cultural background, please share in the comments.  Contemporary Romance: What was it about growing up in an Irish family that you wanted to translate into fiction? Casey Clipper: It wasn’t necessarily the growing up in an Irish family but more watching the men, like my father and grandfather and uncle (I have a few, but the one...

Bringing Back The Stiletto Contest

Dear Chapter Members, One of the major items that had been discussed last year, when the board was getting ready to transition into the 2017 year, was bringing back the Stiletto Contest. A contest that had been well known among RWA members as one of the best among RWA chapters to enter. But how did we, as a new board, bring back a contest that had essentially been abandoned and make it great and a sought after A contest that had been well known among RWA members as one of the best among RWA chapters to enter. But how...

Meet Our President, Casey Clipper!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. First up, come meet our new president, Casey Clipper. Welcome, Casey! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I can’t say for sure what drew me to writing. I’ve always been a reader. My mother helped encourage that love for reading and as a teen, even though I came from a family with 4 girls, without much money, my mom would make sure I had a book to read....

RWA Nationals (and Penguins. . .)

~ By Casey Clipper Books ordered. Check. Swag. Check. Flight booked. Check. Wait, where’s the conference and hotel reservation confirmation emails? I didn’t print those out, did I? Crap. I hope I can locate them. Kind of important. Ten cardigans, because you know, I might change them out twice a day. Check. Twenty pairs of shoes, you know, for the pop-up club party that’ll occur. I need to bring these stilettos and five pairs of running shoes, ‘cause I do plan to hit the gym. At some point. Maybe. Probably not. But just in case. Check. Three outfits for...

Author Event Signings – A Time to Stop and Evaluate Before Making a Deposit

~ By Casey Clipper Author events and signings. I can’t tell you how many author Facebook friends I have that scramble to get into certain signings, or any signing for that matter. How many of you stalk the page Author Events Around the US? I do (or at least did, until this weekend). And I understand why. You’re thinking exposure, getting your name out there, and you’ll possibly sell twenty or more paperback novels. Talk to readers and bloggers. Yay! A success. Right? What if I tell you to consider it very, very deeply before hitting send on a...