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Pursue your personal publishing happily-ever-after

Celebrating 35 Years of Helping
Grow Romance Writers in DFW


Be a Writing Machine -- Jan 28

Michael La Ronn is the author of over 80 science fiction and fantasy novels and self-help books for writers.  His books include The Good Necromancer series, The Last Dragon Lord series, and the Android X series, to name just a few.  His writing is about heroes rising up against incredible odds to be the best possible versions of themselves.
Michael devoted himself to the writing life in 2012 after a near-death experience with a deadly illness.  Realizing that life was too short to die without pursuing his passions, he dedicated himself to being an industry-savvy author, marketer, and entrepreneur.
When he’s not writing novels, Michael runs the popular YouTube channel, Author Level Up, where he publishes weekly advice videos for writers.  Author Level Up has over 40,000 subscribers and nearly 2 million lifetime views.
To give back to the community that has given so much to him, Michael also serves on the staff of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) as their Outreach Manager.  ALLi is a nonprofit for self-published writers whose mission is ethics and excellence in self-publishing.  He co-hosts the AskALLi Member Q & A Podcase where he answers new writers’ most burning questions about self-publishing.
Michael is a dynamic public speaker and is an expert on productivity, writing business & craft.  His main focus is writing the best books he can and helping other writers to do the same.
Michael was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and is a proud St. Louisan. He currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife and daughter.
You can find his fiction at and videos and books for writers at

At DARA, you will find...



Our monthly meetings and events offer valuable information to improve your craft, your writing life, and your business acumen. 
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We support each other's writing efforts. We cheer for your successes and console you through rejections. We take care of each other.


We welcome romance writers at all stages, from those starting their first manuscript, to multi-published traditional, indie, or hybrid authors. 


A Village

Membership in a local chapter of RWA allows you to reap the benefits of the national organization while building relationships with area authors.

DARA's Purpose & People

We are a non-profit, voluntary association of writers dedicated to raising and maintaining quality in the romance genre and its sub-genres. DARA works to accomplish this through advocating high professional standards and through the dissemination of information on writing and the publishing industry. DARA is chapter 56 of the Romance Writers of America.
We welcome all writers serious about pursuing a personal publishing happily-ever-after. 
We invite you to come to a meeting or two, get to know us, and find out if you'd like to join our writing family.
DARA is a local chapter of RWA. Click to learn more. 
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