Celeste Deveney, President
Celeste Deveney loves it when a character is stubborn and won’t do what she tells him to (it’s usually a man – go figure.) Perhaps that’s why she likes writing strong female characters that stand up to all those stubborn men.
Celeste holds a BBA in Marketing/Management from Baylor University. That degree helped her discover her first career in hospitality. She worked both in catering and special events for over a dozen years at a prestigious Chicago city club. She now lives in Bothell with her fabulous actor husband, their 15-year old son, and one beloved mutt. When she’s not driving her son to swim practice, swim meets, or other activities, Celeste enjoys writing in several genres. She’s had two short stories published, but her favorite thing to write is single title contemporary romance. She served as Publicity Co Chair for ECWC for two years before serving this year as president of GSRWA. She’s also a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Emma and SeaQuills critique groups.
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Laurie Anderson Vice President
Laurie Anderson, Ph.D. is the Vice President. As a later-in-life writer, Laurie's first career was in software development and project management, later moving into technical writing, and eventually going back to school and getting a Ph.D. When she's not writing mysteries with romantic and paranormal elements, knitting, or enjoying time with her family, Laurie teaches at the University of Washington Bothell. As the GSRWA VP, she signs up speakers for the monthly meetings. If you feel you have a presentation that might benefit the chapter members, email Laurie with your suggestion.
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Anna Muzzy, Secretary
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Christine Solberg, Treasurer
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Anna Alexander, Membership Chair
Anna has served on the committee for the Emerald City Writers Conference as Registration Chair and Asst. Workshop Chair and volunteers whenever possible. It’s the least she can do to give back to the GSRWA family that has taught her so much and helped her land her first contract. Her debut novel, Hero Revealed, will be out from Ellora’s Cave in 2012.
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Ronlyn Howe, Emerald City Conference Chair
A consummate daydreamer, Ronlyn Howe, who writes romantic suspense as Carmen Cook, is always plotting an adventure of one type or another. She grew up in Montana, where the characters are as big as the mountains, and inspiration lives around each river bend. After backpacking around Western Europe and earning her degree in Theatre from the University of Montana, Ronlyn headed west where she met her wonderful husband while attending a Seahawks game. They call the Pacific Northwest home and are raising two boys who seem to have inherited their mother’s love for story-telling and sense of adventure.
Ronlyn joined GSRWA in 2011, and jumped right into the fray by volunteering as the Assistant Registration Chair for that year’s ECWC. In 2012 she moved up to Registration Chair and Assistant Conference Chair, and is thrilled to be chairing the 2013 Emerald City Writers’ Conference.
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