Officers and Members

2017-2018 Board

Beth PattilloBeth Pattillo, President (email)

Beth Pattillo has been an RWA member for 20 years and is a charter member of Music City Romance Writers. She has served in on the MCRW board as vice-president, secretary, and for a brief stint, treasurer. Beth is the author of 11 novels, including historical romance, chick lit, mystery, and women’s fiction. She won the RITA for Best Inspirational Romance in 2006 for her book, Heavens To Betsy, which was made into a 2014 television movie for UP TV (‘Heavenly Match’). She has also been a Golden Heart finalist as well as a Maggie finalist in both the published and unpublished categories. Beth lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, and neurotic dog. Beth's website is

Melissa Chambers, President Elect (email)

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) Her Contemporary YA Before Forever series is published with Entangled Teen. You can find her online at 

Kim Law, VP of Programming (email)

As a child, award-winning author Kim Law cultivated a love for chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, "The Gigantic Talking Raisin," in the sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories. Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a college degree in mathematics and worked as a computer programmer. Now she's pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She has won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award, has been a finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, and has served in varied positions for her local RWA chapter. A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee. 

Laura Medeiros, Secretary (email)

Laura has red hair, designs coloring books, makes jewelry, and decided she wanted to try writing. She is currently unpublished but is working on that. She writes under a pen name for reasons, some of which involve strippers and erotic fish.

Susan Bickford, Treasurer (email)

Susan is the result of centuries of alien-human hybridization. She has a kid in college, writes lots of books, works a full time job in an art deco knick knack custom furniture kind of store, paints gorgeous ceilings and walls, of all things, and sleeps sometimes. 
Non-Board Positions

Jody Wallace, Newsletter Editor, Website Stuff (email)
Jody Wallace writes sf/f and contemporary romance, crochets, freelance edits, tap dances, herds children, and gets bossed around by seven cats.

Betty Unkel, Membership Coordinator (email)
Betty Unkel is a native Texan who moved to Tennessean twenty-five years ago.  She works out of her home for an Alaskan Native-owned company, loves to travel (when it's not for work), and writes sweet contemporary romance.


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