About the RNA

Romance is big business. Millions of readers… hundreds of millions of books. Billions of words. That’s a lot of talented authors and a lot of great books.

In these pages, you can explore the world of romantic fiction. We all think we know what love is—but just what is a romantic novel? That’s a harder question than you might think.

In the United Kingdom, romantic fiction comes under the banner of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Find out more about what we do to promote our genre, and to encourage new writers.

2010 was the RNA‘s Golden Anniversary. The Association is very proud of its long history, and celebrated the occasion with the publication of two special books which, in many ways, show why we read and write romantic fiction.

We hope you’ll join us as we look back at our journey and the people who led the way.

RNA Office Holders


  • Katie Fforde

Vice Presidents:

  • Jean Chapman
  • Jenny Haddon
  • Catherine Jones
  • Anthea Kenyon
  • Marina Oliver
  • Evelyn Ryle

Associate Vice Presidents:

  • Diane Allen
  • Matt Bates
  • Carolyn Caughey
  • Rosemary de Courcy
  • Kate Elton
  • Linda Evans
  • Sue Fletcher
  • Judy Piatkus
  • Tessa Shapcott
  • Selina Walker
  • Jane Wood

Hon. Life Members:

  • Sarah Broadhurst
  • Edwin Buckhalter
  • John Hale
  • David Hessayon
  • Sarah-Jane Muskett
  • Nancy Sawyer
  • Caroline Sheldon
  • Wilbur Smith
  • Karin Stoecker
  • Sylvia Thorpe

It's a fact

The book-lover's preferred method to woo a prospective partner is to cook a romantic meal, but sending letters or giving books came a close second and third.