Zane and respectability

Cover Illustrations, Nervous and Addicted, Written by Zane, (L to R) 2003, 2001, 2003, Atria Books

Popular erotica author Zane’s work can also hold its own as romance, says scholar Conseula Francis.

Writing with knives

Film still, Knife Demonstration, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How do you write a convincing scene with knives?

Virgin identity

Cover Illustration, Pleasure Me, Author: Monica Burns, 2011, Berkley Trade

Scholar Jonathan A. Allan asks, how do virgin heroes articulate their identity in romance novels?

Medieval sheikhs

Gentile Bellini, Mehmed II, Wikimedia, 1480

Stories of love between Eastern men and Western woman stretch back as far as medieval romances like The King of Tars, says scholar Amy Burge.

Questioning bridal boudoir

Photograph, Bridal-Boudoir, 10 June 2011, T.G. Williams, Flickr, creative commons

Bridal boudoir: sexy bedroom photos of the youthful bride. Scholar Karen Dunak questions this new trend.

An MFA in romance?

Film still, Nicole Peeler, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Seton Hill University’s MFA in writing popular fiction includes romance novels. Nicole Peeler talks about teaching for the program.

Fancy something different?

Wallpaper, Brokeback Mountain, Focus Features,

What is the appeal of m/m romance? Scholar Carole Veldman-Genz shares her thoughts.

Lady Jane’s Salon

Film still, Leanna Renee Hieber Reading at Lady Jane's Salon, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

At Lady Jane’s Salon, NYC romance novel fans get together to listen to author readings