Ordinary magic

A black plaque with a checklist witch household chores

Do paranormal romance heroines have to know martial arts and wield ancient weapons? Allison Holz talks about writing more down-to-earth women.

Horror and romance

Film still, Aaron Bennett, Popular Romance Project

Aaron Bennett combines horror and romance in his stories. How do they go together?

Choosing category romance

Film still, interview, Jessica Andersen

Writing category romance has advantages over writing single-title. Author Jessica Andersen shares the pros and cons.

Too old for romance?

Photo, Couple, felixtriller, Aug. 3, 2005, Flickr, Creative Commons

Author and scholar Sandra Antonelli writes romances that challenge the status quo of heroines in their 20s.

Reading gay romance

Two women embracing at the 29th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade

Same-sex romance novels have taken off in the past few years. Author Jessica Freely looks at who reads these stories, and why.

Learning from other genres

Screencapture, Book Talkers, Enokson, 2013, Flickr

Prospective writer? Read up on–and in–genres other than your own to bring spark and new understanding to your work, says Albert Wendland of Seton Hill.

Black superhero romance

Comic art, Black Panther #9: Wild Kingdom, 2005, David Yardin, Marvel Entertainment

In 2006, Marvel celebrated the first marriage of black superheroes: weather-controlling mutant Storm and African ruler Black Panther.

A picture is worth…

Film still, Interview, Kim Killion

Romance cover designer Kim Killion describes the process of negotiating with publishers to figure out just what they need.

Teaching inspirationals

Film still, Eric Selinger, November 2013, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Scholar Eric Selinger describes how he incorporates inspirational romance novels in his popular romance courses.

Romancing objectification?

Film still, Ruby Sparks, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2012, 20th Century Fox

Have you read a romance starring a manic pixie dream girl? Meg Barker examines the trope in the movie Ruby Sparks.