No Valentine’s Day

Image, Vintage Valentine's Day Postcard, Dave, Jan. 20, 2007, Flickr, Creative Commons

In the early 20th century, romance fought a battle against eugenics in the U.S.

A business in transition

Film still, Steve Axelrod, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Agent Steven Axelrod describes the changes facing the publishing industry, from writers to agents to retailers.

Family and childhood

Film still, Brenda Jackson, 2011, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Where did your favorite authors grow up? What were their families like? Thirteen romance authors shared their pasts with the Popular Romance Project.

The value of discretion

Photo, Mischief Mari with Jane Austen Teapot Cookie, mischief mari, Nov. 2, 2007, Flickr, Creative Commons

Amy Elizabeth Smith had to decide how to balance editorial, public, and personal interests when writing about her own romance (and Jane Austen).

Childhood reading

Film still, Kim Castillo, 2013, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

To be a writer, you have to be a reader. What books did romance authors fall in love with when they were children?

Leader of the pack

Album cover, Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las, 1966, Mercury

Why were love songs that ended in death popular among U.S. teens in the ’50s and ’60s?