For love’s sake

Film still, William Gleason, Popular Romance Project

In the 19th century, publishers began printing “story papers.” Some stories ended with an HEA, but others ended in insanity, tragedy, and regret!

When “nothing happens”

Photo, A Typewriter, Takashi Hokoshima, Nov. 8, 2013, Flickr, Creative Commons

Lexie O’Neill began writing and submitting romance novels 10 years ago. She shares advice for those waiting to find a publisher.

Many different lives

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

Reading and writing let author Debbie Kaufman experience a “number of different lives.”

Where you live and love

Film still, Nalini Singh, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Writing a romance set in India means shifting what romance means and looks like away from the U.S. cultural norm, says author Nalini Singh.

Making rakes from real men

Painting, Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle, Arthur William Devis, 1809, public domain

We know what sounds ‘manly’ in the modern day. But, Eloisa James asks, how do you write a man talking to other men in historical settings?

Memories and old wounds

Film still, Kristan Higgins, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Kristan Higgins grew up in a small town and uses that experience to inform her contemporary romance novels.

Exploring difference

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

Why do we read and write paranormal romance? Scholar Eric Selinger suggests it lets us remove everyday social restraints.