Since she first learned to read, Roni Paitchel Denholtz has loved books. She began making up stories with happy endings when she was young, and eventually she started writing them down. After graduating from Newark State College (now Kean University) with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Roni taught children with learning disabilities and studied for her master's degree. When she finished her M.A. in Education of the Handicapped, Roni decided to get serious about her writing dreams and got down to work, writing and rewriting, studying the craft, and learning about submitting manuscripts.
Today, Roni is an award-winning author who has had stories, articles and poetry published in magazines such as Modern Romances, True Love, Baby Talk, Complete Woman, For the Bride and Women's Circle. She is the author of nine juvenile books, published by
January Productions, an educational publisher. One of her books, "Jenny Gets Glasses" was ranked #7 of the top 20 favorites of first graders in a nationwide study by the Reading is Fundamental group.
Roni has six romances-five traditional contemporary romances and one traditional regency romance-published by AVALON BOOKS. "Marquis in a Minute" won the 2007 New Jersey Golden Leaf Award for Best Regency Romance. "Salsa with Me" was nominated for the 2009 National Reader's Choice Award for Best Traditional Romance; and was nominated for the 2009 Golden Leaf for Best Short Contemporary Romance.
Roni teaches a class in writing, "Writing for Fun and
Profit" through her local adult school. Some of her writing students have
now been published!
Roni is a member of New
Jersey Romance Writers,
Pocono Lehigh Romance Writers ,
Writers of America, and the Authors
Roni lives in northwest New Jersey with her family, including their dog and a goldfish. Roni combines her roles of mother and writer with working as a realtor in her husband's independent real estate company, Jersey Success Realty. She also enjoys reading, photography, cooking, listening to music, and collecting old girls' series books like Nancy Drew and Judy Bolton.