Gender, sexuality, and popular culture

Poster, We Can Do It!, J. Howard Miller, 1942

Dr. Catherine Roach examines recurring questions about romance, sexuality, and feminism.

Publishing Georgette Heyer

Film still, Dominique Raccah and Deb Werksman, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How did one publisher acquire the rights to Georgette Heyer’s novels? With good luck and determination!

The road to romance

Film still, Jill Shalvis, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Jill Shalvis remembers growing up a “very natural L.A. girl.” She never left the valley in her youth, spending her time on the beach–and in the fiction section of the library.

Write to the heart

Film still, Kristan Higgins, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Romance author Kristan Higgins is never satisfied with the easy process in her writing. If it doesn’t move her, she knows it won’t move her readers.

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