2021 Board


Jenny Hartwell (she/her)


Jenny has a confession – she loves People magazine as much as Pride and Prejudice. Her fun, pop culture adoring side shines in her contemporary rom-com novels set in a gourmet chocolate factory while Jenny’s Regency romances feature strong damsels and swoony lords. Her writing has won or finaled in numerous contests including the Golden Heart, The Emily, Four Seasons, Fool for Love, and The Catherine. Jenny lives with her family in the verdant Pacific Northwest. She loves movies, travel, and staying up late with a good book. And, of course, chocolate. Jenny is represented by Lesley Sabga of The Seymour Agency. Her debut novel, My Sweet Enemy, will be released by Entangled Publishing in 2021.

Please visit her website and follow her on Twitter.

Nicole Knightley (she/her)

Vice President of Programs

Raised on a healthy diet of dukes, cowboys, and millionaires, Nicole considers herself fluent in happily ever afters. She learned to read with the help of her grandma’s romance books which is why ‘turgid’ remains her least favorite word. She received her B.F.A from Cornish College of the Arts in Theatre, Original Work – Playwriting & Directing. Her play, MiaBaby, was selected for the 2009 Original Works festival in Seattle. The best part of college was meeting Mr. Knightley, or as he was known back then, Cute Film History Boy. Nicole worked as an HR leader and Theatre artist over the next decade, appearing at professional regional theaters and Seattle tech companies. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, class of 2021. She lives in West Seattle with Mr. Knightley, her two cats, and firmly believes all dresses should have pockets.

Find her on Twitter or visit her website.  

Joanne Machin (she/her)

Vice President of Communications

Joanne Machin is an author of flirty, nerdy, feminist contemporary adult #ownvoices romance. She also runs her own business as a freelance editor and virtual assistant for other business owners. In her free time, she likes to find new coffee shops and restaurants, obsess over stationery and all things planner-related, read, practice hot yoga, and play video games.  Joanne Machin resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Thomas, and their Welsh terrier, Oliver. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington.

You can find her online at Facebook, Instagram or her website.

Beth Gregory (she/her)


Beth joined GSRWA in January 2018. She served as chair of swag for the 2018 Emerald City Writers’ Conference. In January 2019, she became vice president of communications for the chapter.
Beth lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and three obnoxious cats.
In some of her former lives, Beth has manned a salon reception desk, slung both beer and coffee and sat in on both tense police briefings and overlong city council meetings as a reporter. She likes to travel, hates doing laundry and has a tendency to drink too much coffee.

Brent Archer (he/him)


Brent continues the “family business” of romance writing, becoming the third of five grandchildren in his family to publish. He spins tales of love and lust in his native Washington. Armed with his International Studies BA with a history minor, Brent embarked on first an acting career and then gravitated toward accounting, now a staff accountant at a local Seattle non-profit. The writing bug bit hard, competing with the travel bug, when he got his first short story published.

Visit his website, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up with his adventures.