NEW YORK, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to connect America's most popular romance writers with their fans across the world, Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is launching an 11-week series of interactive video chat events highlighting 2013 RITA Award finalist authors. Fans will have the unique opportunity to meet one another and ask their favorite authors questions face-to-face in an intimate online environment. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110616/NY21721LOGO ) The series kicks off April 11 at 8 p.m. EDT/ 5 p.m. PDT with RITA finalists in the Contemporary Single Title Romance category: Barbara Freethy, Barbara Hannay, Ruthie Knox, Kim Law, Roni Loren, Jill Shalvis, and Roxanne St. Claire. To view a full schedule and to RSVP, please visit http://www.rwa.org/RITAchat. Follow RWA on Twitter @romancewriters (#RITAchat hashtag) and Shindig on Twitter at @ShindigEvents during the chats. The events are free to the public, and only 1,000 spots are available at each of the weekly events. Each week, one lucky participant will win a copy of the books in that week's spotlighted RITA category. The RITA award categories are: Best First Book, Contemporary Single Title Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Long Contemporary Series Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, Paranormal Romance, Romance Novella, Romantic Suspense, Short Contemporary Series Romance, and Young Adult Romance. For more information contact: At Shindig: Jeri Rosenblum, 212-699-3655 or firstname.lastname@example.orgAt RWA: Erin Fry, 832-717-5200 or email@example.comAbout RWA Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements his/her main income.