Kilby Blades is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She is a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an RWA Vivian Award finalist. She has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly).
Kilby loves the community at least as much as she loves the writing and has a passion for helping authors think like business people. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and spent fifteen years of her career as a digital marketer. She is a former teacher with The Writing Salon, has written articles for Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly, maintained a column for two years in the Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writer’s Report and served on the Board of NaNoWriMo. In order to create greater access to her materials, she has placed most of her classes online.
When she’s not writing, Kilby goes to movie matinees alone, where she eats Chocolate Pocky and buttered popcorn and usually smuggles in not-a-little-bit of red wine. Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and—most of all—a glutton for a good story.