Conference 2012: Announcing our Keynote Speaker

Romance Writers of Australia


Are proud to announce the following Keynote Speaker at their

2012 Diamonds are Forever annual conference.



The brief bio:

A New York Times bestseller many times over, Eloisa James writes historical romance for Harper Collins; People Magazine raved of Eloisa’s writing that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Eloisa is also a Shakespeare professor at Fordham University in New York City. In addition to publishing academic work, she has written a memoir, Paris in Love, about her family’s experience of living in France for a year.

The longer bio:

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James’s historical regencies have been published to great acclaim.  A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.”  Her most recent novel When Beauty Tamed the Beast debuted at #10 on The New York Times bestseller list.  Next up is This Duke is Mine, which will be published by Harper Collins in Winter, 2011.  Also in progress is Paris in Love, a memoir of her family’s year in France, which will be published in Spring 2012 by Random House.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Her second academic book is now in its final draft.  Eloisa points with particular pride to the year in which she appeared on the plenary panel of the Shakespeare Association of America’s conference, and gave a luncheon keynote at the Romance Writers of America conference.

Currently she is an associate professor, teaching Shakespeare in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City.  She’s also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

Thank you Eloisa!

Please stay tune for more announcements in future.

Leave a comment


  1. WOW!!! This is fantastic news. Well done to the conference team. I can’t wait to hear Eloisa James speak!

  2. Blown away by the caliber of speakers we’ve been getting!! Well done, RWA! 😀

  3. Fantastic! Can’t wait. Well done team!

  4. Just love Eloisa James. Amazing coup for the organizing committee. Well Done Ladies

  5. Great work ‘Team Gold Coast’! Can’t wait! It’s going to be fabulous, as always.

  6. I was just reading an Eloisa James book (literally finished it about 2 mins ago) when I hopped online to check my messages and saw this news. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!

    Well done, conference team!

    🙂 Mon

  7. Wow! That’s great, I’m a big fan.

  8. Yay! Will try not to be one of those stalker fans, but I do love her work!

  9. Wonderful – great choice. Thank you RWA team. 🙂

  10. Wow – I’m already getting excited about the conference!!!

  11. Great work GC team!

  12. So exciting!
    I was there when Eloisa gave her Keynote Luncheon speech in Washingto DC.
    She’s an amazing speaker and her story about how she became a published author is truly inspiring.
    Can’t wait for the Gold Coast,
    Suzi Love

  13. So glad everyone is excited. We (conference team) thought you would be.

  14. Wow, that’s great!

  15. Oh my, you people just keep tempting me over the ditch to your conferences! Very much looking forward to 2012!


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