About MARA

A Monthly Meetup for Romance Writers


Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA) is dedicated to providing support, education, and information for all those interested in writing and/or selling romantic-oriented fiction, fostering professionalism in the romantic-oriented fiction field, and providing community service through education and information.

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Education & Community

We gather speakers from all facets of the romance writing community for presentations on everything from plotting, conflict building, character development, publishing, contracts, social media and marketing, goal setting, and so much more!

If you want to connect to other romance authors, hone your skills as a writer, or learn more about what’s happening in this ever-changing genre, we would love for you to join us!

MARA Board

President – Lyn Mistarka

Secretary –Val Fassnight

Treasurer – Mary Monnin

MARA Leaders

Critique Coordinator – Lyn Mistarka

Membership – Valerie Francis

Programs & Social Media – 

Get in Touch

Curious about MARA or want more information about us, our meetings, speaking opportunities, contests, or anything else? We’d love to chat! Send us a message via this form or email us at membership@marakc.com.