DATE & TIME   |   February 13th, 2021 – Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
LOCATION   |   Meeting will be held via Zoom. See below for further instructions.
TOPIC   |   The Other HEA: Grab Your Readers with Emotional Attachment

In order for a reader to care about a story, they must care about the characters. Learn how employing rooting interests in your stories that will create an emotional attachment– without the reader ever realizing how you manipulated their emotions. We’ll discuss how, when, what types of rooting interests to use in different situations. See how they can be used in your work and the visible proof of their effectiveness.

Published since 2007, Donna MacMeans has published ten romance novels, both through Penguin Publishing (Berkley imprint) and independently, as well as several short stories. Though she primarily writes historical romance set in the Victorian era, she has also published time-travel, historical paranormal, contemporary paranormal, and one lone romantic suspense set in Westerville, Ohio.

MacMeans won the prestigious Golden Heart award from RWA in 2006 for long historical romance. She has also received the RT Reviewer’s Choice award for Historical Love and Laughter, and recognition from many regional contests. She was the 2013 recipient of the RWA Service award and the 2014 RWA Pro Mentor award. She participated on the RWA board for four years as the Treasurer of the organization, and has taught at the Nora Roberts Writing Institute, Cleveland Writers Association, the RWA National conference and numerous libraries.

And she has loved it all.

Our meeting will be held via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public! Please contact to reserve a spot! Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible. Members, the password will be posted on the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Group page which can be accessed via the Romance Writers of America website under the Forums tab. If anyone has any questions, email