So You Want to Write a Romance Novel, Now What?: Panel Discussion with Kelly Farmer and Friends

We are delighted to host romance novelist Kelly Farmer to the store for a romance writing panel discussion featuring authors Chandra Blumberg, Danielle Jackson, and Melonie Johnson. The authors will bring their experience and know-how to share with audience members and will cover the basics of romance publishing. The panel will cover topics ranging from beginning to write a romance novel and the various tropes in romance to finding a publishing avenue. They'll share their tips for finding support, dealing with rejection, and writing reviews. The evening will end with plenty of time for audience Q&A. To register for this free event, please CLICK HERE

About the Authors: Kelly Farmer has been writing romance novels since junior high. The stories have changed, but one theme remains the same: everyone deserves to have a happy ending. She loves telling tales with a touch of snark and a lot of heart. When not writing, she enjoys being outside in nature, quoting from Eighties movies, listening to all kinds of music, and petting every dog she comes in contact with. All of these show up in her books. Kelly lives in the Chicago area, where she swears every winter is her last one there. Find out more at

Ms. Farmer is the author of the new romance book, It's a Fabulous Life, perfect for the holiday season! Susie Dumond, author of Queerly Beloved, says, "This delightful small-town holiday rom-com full of sapphic love and drag queens will make your heart grow three sizes. It's a Fabulous Life is as sweet and heartwarming as a cup of hot cocoa on Christmas morning." 

Chandra Blumberg writes funny, heartwarming love stories about characters that feel real and relatable. Born and raised in Michigan, Chandra moved to the Chicago area after college. When she’s not writing, she enjoys lifting heavy barbells at the gym, making a mess of the kitchen while baking alongside her four kids, and traveling with her family. She is the author of Digging Up Love and Stirring Up Love. Next summer, be on the lookout for her upcoming novel, Second Tide's The Charm, a STEM romance featuring shark scientists. Discover more and subscribe to Chandra’s newsletter at

Danielle Jackson is a contemporary romance author, avid reader, lackluster-yet-mighty crafter, and accomplished TV binge-watcher. Danielle has had the unique experience of working on almost every side of the book business—as a publicist at a publisher, an editorial manager of a book review website, an events coordinator at an independent bookstore, and now, an author. Danielle lives in Chicagoland with her very own romance hero husband, darling daughter, and two tempestuous cats. Learn more about her at

Melonie Johnson, the USA Today bestselling author also known as #thewritinglush, enjoys sipping cocktails that start with the letter "m." Declared a "writer to watch" by Kirkus and a "fizzy, engrossing new voice" by Entertainment Weekly, her smart funny contemporary romances include Too Good to Be Real and her award-winning Sometimes in Love debut series: Getting Hot with the Scot, Smitten by the Brit, and Once Upon a Bad Boy. A former high school English and Theatre teacher, she spends her days in her Star Wars office, dreaming up meet cutes. She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, their two redhead daughters, and one very large dog. Discover more about her at




Event date: 

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
It's a Fabulous Life: A Novel By Kelly Farmer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639106042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Alcove Press - October 17th, 2023

Perfect for fans of Alison Cochrun and Ashley Herring Blake, this sapphic retelling of It’s a Wonderful Life will make the yuletide gay.