My first year published

Photo, Typesetting, Story Museum Oxford, FoxingClever, Nov. 12, 2013, Flickr, Creative Commons

That first year as a published writer is just as awkward as the first year of teenagerhood, says Eloisa James.

Love and legacy

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

Modern African American romances answer a yearning as old as the scars left by slavery.

Inspirational qualities

Photo, Amish Family Goes Fishing, louisepalanker, Jul. 21, 2009, Flickr, creative commons

Add a faith element to a sweet romance novel, and you have inspirational romance.

Faith journeys

Film still, Debbie Kaufman, 2011, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Debbie Kaufman says the modern inspirational romance is more than just a sermon on the page.

Finding romance (novels)

Film still, Nalini Singh, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How did your favorite romance authors first find the genre?

Dressing the part

Film still, Deeanne Gist in Victorian corset, 2011, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

In historical romances, the clothing may not make the man or woman, but it can speak volumes.

Why “happily ever after”?

Film still, William Gleason, November 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Do great romantic stories historically require “happily ever after”? “No,” says scholar William Gleason.

Learning to write romance

Photo, Chalk Heart, Robynlou8, Aug. 28, 2012, Flickr, creative commons

Pamela Regis knew that romance-writing courses belonged at the graduate level.

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