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About Romy


Once upon a time, Romy dreamed of one day living inside one of the fairy tales in her head. But she grew up in Durban, South Africa – not exactly the sort of place where fairy tale princesses grow up. With the help of a great many fairy godmothers, the slaying of a few dragons (but not nearly enough pretty glass shoes), Romy's own fairy tale came true, and she now lives her dream as a multi-published author and writing coach. For the cherry on the top, her Hollywood romance, Not a Fairy Tale, was a 2016 finalist for the Romance Writers of America® RITA Award.  

As the founder and first Chairperson of ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa), Romy discovered a passion for teaching and mentoring aspiring writers, and, after two decades in film production, she transitioned in 2017 to working as a writing coach, developmental editor and workshop facilitator. She has pioneered writing courses for Savvy Authors, Now Novel, RWA (Romance Writers of America) and Gemini Writer's Studio.

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Though Romy's heart lies in Europe, she doesn't cope well with the cold, so she lives in sunny South Africa, in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, where she is mom to two teens chasing their own happy ever afters, a menagerie of cats, and a pet dragon called Rori (okay, he's a bearded dragon, but that still counts!)

Romy writes contemporary, feel-good fairy tale romances and short 1920s historical romances. She loves foreign language Rom Coms on Netflix, travel, and musical theatre (she's a die-hard Fansie!). She is currently obsessed with romantic K-dramas.

A few of Romy's favorite things


Favorite authors

Christina Lauren, Kristan Higgins, Leonie Mack, Kelly Hunter, Janet Evanovich, J.D. Robb, Kwana Jackson, Katherine Kerr, Charlaine Harris, Mary Stewart, Georgette Heyer.

Favorite singers/bands

Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Harry Styles, P!nk, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift.

Favorite musicals

Wicked, Anastasia, Newsies

Favorite sports

Formula One motor racing, Figure skating (especially pairs skating)

Favorite K-dramas

Crash Landing on You, Romance is a Bonus Book, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

Top of the bucket list

Tuscany, Rhein River cruise

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