Welcome To CoLoNY!


Thank you for visiting the CoLoNY blog!

The Romance Writers of Southern Connecticut and Lower New York (CoLoNY) is a local chapter of Romance Writers of America, an international organization of almost 10,000 members. Founded and incorporated in 2001, CoLoNY is a not for profit organization of writers — published and unpublished — dedicated to learning and sharing the craft of writing, understanding writing as a creative business, providing information about the publishing industry, and supporting our members through each step of their creative journey. Several of our members are published in various genres: romance, mystery, historical, paranormal, and even non-fiction. CoLoNY provides benefits to members at all stages of their careers.

Non-members are welcome to attend our public workshops to learn more about our diverse and friendly organization.

Please forward any inquiries to rwcolony_info@yahoo.com


Join Laura Kramarsky and Maura Troy as they share tips and techniques for authors to make better use of Microsoft Word. If time permits, there will also be some discussion on preparing Excel spreadsheets. Feel free to bring your own laptop to follow along.

Where: Danbury Library
When: Saturday, July 21, 2012

Member Links

For more information on some of our members, check out the links below:

Jenna Kernan
R. Garland Gray
Carly Phillips
Laura Bradford

Member Trailers

Check out the links below to see trailers for our published members' releases:

Darkscape: The Rebel Lord by R. Garland Gray

Member Bios

Sharon Sobel - A writer for most of her life, Sharon Sobel is the author of several published novels, short stories, and many essays. She earned a PhD in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and is currently a professor of English at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut, where she actively tutors aspiring student writers and has chaired the annual Writers' Conference. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Romance Writers of America, a founding member of its Connecticut and Lower New York chapter, a member of CTRWA, and is a past president of The Beau Monde, the national chapter devoted to the interests of writers of the Regency period.

A native New Yorker, Sharon also lived in Boston and The Hague before moving to an eighteenth century farm in Connecticut with her husband and family.

Her upcoming romance, Thrifty Means, is very loosely based on some of her experiences as a long-time volunteer and president of The Turnover Shop of Wilton, Connecticut. It is not a place where one is likely to find murder, mayhem, or romance, but it enjoys an excellent reputation as a place to find a great bargain. In its sixty year history, the wonderful women of the Turnover Shop have contributed over a million dollars to local charities, and remain committed volunteers and good friends.


Jenna Kernan -A multi-published author, Jenna Kernan writes fast-paced romantic adventures that will capture your heart. All her current releases are western historicals for Harlequin Historicals, but she is expected to have several contemporary paranormals published shortly for Silhouette Nocturne.

Jenna has twice received Rita nominations, one for her first novel, WINTER WOMAN, and one for her Fall 2007 release, FALLEN ANGEL from the anthology A WESTERN WINTER WONDERLAND. Look for Jenna's latest release on her website.

Jenna is a popular speaker at local, regional and national writing conferences and loves to speak about the craft of writing and the business of publishing. When not writing, Jenna enjoys scuba diving, hiking, travel and amateur gold prospecting. She and her husband have published several guidebooks on rock-hounding with Gem Guides Book Company. Jenna keeps her website current with excerpts and monthly contests. Please visit her anytime at www.jennakernan.com.

Jenna currently serves as the PAN liaison for CoLoNY.