Welcome to the Popular Romance Project
The Popular Romance Project explores romance in popular culture and fiction.
This site is for romance readers and writers, scholars from every field,
and everyone who has ever pondered romantic love.
Talking About Romance
We take for granted that reading has an impact on who we are as people and that reading about sex and love affects how we can imagine ourselves in relationships. Finding evidence of this, however, and explaining exactly how reading affects a person, is incredibly hard, especially when referring to reading in the past. Even when you know what was [...]
Behind the Scenes
How did publisher Sourcebooks acquire the rights to many of influential novelist Georgette Heyer‘s historical romances and mysteries? With good luck and determination! Sourcebooks founder and president Dominique Raccah and editorial manager Deb Werksman told the story to Laurie Kahn, executive producer of the Popular Romance Project. What do you think of Georgette Heyer’s work? What authors or works do [...]
Cindy Gerard, author of romantic suspense novels, says when she starts writing a new novel, it’s “like a bright, shiny new toy.” But then comes that bleak stretch after the first 100 pages. . . . How does she make it through to the end? With determination, a little panic, and a few “eureka” moments! What pulls you along through [...]