Kelly Harms


Kelly Harms is the bestselling author of several novels, most notably, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler and The Goodluck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. Her books explore the inner world of women whose lives did not turn out as planned, women who are thrust into incredible, often hilarious situations like winning a new home only to find out you have to share it with a woman of the same name, or a cocktail party that has some seriously Freaky Friday-like consequences. Her books have topped the charts on Amazon, Washington Post, and USA Today, and The Overdue Life of Amy Byler was a Goodreads Readers Choice Top Ten pick (2019).

A former New York Editor literary agent, Kelly traded the city hustle and bustle for the dream of being an author in a quieter life in Madison, Wisconsin with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman.

When she’s not getting lost reading a book, she’s either writing, or on the water, in the water, or near the water.

The WFWA Guiding Scribe serves as the respected guiding voice within the Association. The Guiding Scribe is published in Women’s Fiction and provides advice to members and the board about topics related to the genre of Women’s Fiction through our quarterly E-zine WriteON, our community Facebook group, during our February Work Our WIPs event, and in the keynote address at our annual retreat.

Past Guiding Scribes

Tiffany Yates Martin is passionate about editing and revising and how it can elevate an author’s vision. She’s spent nearly 30 years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and New York Times, Washington PostWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors, as well as with indie and newer writers. Tiffany is the author of the bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. She leads workshops and seminars for conferences and writers' groups across the country and is a frequent contributor to writers' sites and publications as well as her own blog and YouTube channel. In 2021, she serves as the Guiding Scribe for the WFWA. Under the pen name Phoebe Fox, she's also the author of six novels, the most recent of which, The Way We Weren’t (Berkley), will be released in 2022.

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2020: Kathryn Craft

Kathryn Craft is the award-winning author of two novels, The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy, as well as chapters in Author in Progress and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing from Writers Digest Books. Kathryn has been a freelance developmental editor at for 14 years. She leads writing workshops and retreats, mentors novelists through her Your Novel Year program, teaches for Drexel University’s MFA program, and is a regular contributor to top writing blog WriterUnboxed. She is a member of the award-winning marketing cooperative of women authors, Tall Poppy Writers.

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2019: Barbara O’Neal

Barbara O’Neal has written more than a dozen novels of women’s fiction, including several Amazon top-sellers and award winners, such as When We Believed in Mermaids, The Art of Inheriting Secrets and The Lost Recipe for Happiness. Her books have been published in many countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Israel, and Hungary. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her partner, a British endurance athlete who vows he will never lose his accent.

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2017 & 2018: Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of seven historical novels including Rodin’s Lover, Last Christmas in Paris and Meet Me in Monaco. Her books have been translated to over a dozen languages. Heather is a professional freelance editor and shares advice at one of her favorite places on the internet, award-winning writing site When not writing, she feeds her cookbook addiction and looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world. She lives in New England with her family and one feisty rabbit. Visit her at


2015 & 2016: Barbara Claypole White

Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White was born in rural England, but writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina. Her books include The Promise Between Us, Echoes of Family and The Perfect Son. Barbara's passion for chipping away at stereotypes of mental illness inspires quirky stories about troubled but courageous characters, complicated relationships, and crazy critters…topped off with a dollop of hope. She is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a non-profit that promotes advocacy over adversity.

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2013 & 2014: Marilyn Brant 

Marilyn Brant is proud to have been a founding board member & the first Guiding Scribe of WFWA. She's a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas to date. In the genre of romantic women’s fiction, she’s written According to Jane, Friday Mornings at Nine, and A Summer In Europe, all originally published by Kensington Books. Her novel The Road and Beyond and her current work in progress both merge women's fiction with suspense. Marilyn lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. She's a frequent beat sheet/story structure contributor to the website Save The Cat and eats way more chocolate than she should. Visit her at

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