Starting out in romance

Film still, Jayne Ann Krentz, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Jayne Ann Krentz believes that romance rests on core archetypes that remain unchanged.

Hieber’s perilous prophecy

Film still, Leanna Renee Hieber, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Leanna Renee Hieber reads at Lady Jane’s Salon.

Don’t judge a book by…

Cover, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, 2010, Lauren Willig, Signet Select

How do publishers decide genre labels? The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is and isn’t historical romance, chick lit, and literary fiction.

Building worlds

Film still, Jessica Andersen, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Jessica Andersen describes how authors’ worlds can be based on research, personal experience, and pure imagination.

Paranormal’s popularity

Film still, Eric Selinger, November 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Paranormal romance gives writers and readers the chance to look at big issues too hard to touch in realistic fiction.

Love and literacy

Film still, Darlene Clark Hine, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Romance novels encourage literacy in a unique way, says scholar Darlene Clark Hine.

Romance in black papers

Newspaper page, The Dark Knight, 29 March 1930, William Smith, Pittsburgh Courier

Long before the first African American romance novel, African American romance stories abounded in the black press.

Why does it matter?

Film still, Darlene Clark Hine, November 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Historical romance helps reclaim history as the stories of individuals says scholar Darlene Clark Hine.

The National Book Festival

Film still, Eloisa James, 2012, Library of Congress National Book Festival

At the 2012 National Book Festival, Eloisa James shared how she began writing romance.