Writing mature love

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Jennifer Crusie says that the structure of romance novels makes it difficult for them to depict mature love. Rarely do novels cover a several year period, and so writers have to foreshadow a deeper connection than the infatuation that comes from the characters first…

Rewarding women

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The writing process is very different for men and women, says Jennifer Crusie. She compared men’s adventure novels with romance fiction and found a stark contrast between the two. Men’s novels set up women as inferior, while in romance novels, women were rewarded for…

Being creative and analytical

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Many romance writers get into the field because they loved reading romance. So when Bella Andre crafts a series, she finds it easier because she can writer the characters and stories that she would want to read. But as a self-publishing author, she still…

An accidental novel

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Bella Andre had just made the switch from songwriting when fictional characters started having conversations in her head. Most people would be worried they are going crazy, but for Bella, she knew it was the start of a new career.

Quality rises

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As a writer, Sherry Thomas says she needs time and space to step back from her work. Only then can she find the parts of the novel that are working, and those that have room for improvement.

A pursuit of my own

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Sherry Thomas taught herself the English language by reading romance novels. And like so many other avid readers turned writers, she eventually convinced herself that romance writing could be her profession. So what happened when she found a creative outlet that her college majors…

Taking romance seriously

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The conventional wisdom is that women who read romance are “sad, bored housewives,” says Abby Zidle, Senior Editor of Pocket Books. But as a Ph.D candidate reading romance novels, that didn’t jive with her experience as a reader. So how does she square the…

Good book noise

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Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books says reading romance is a communal experience. Before digital books and the Internet, people would judge what you read. But now, you can find people with the same reading interests as you online, and it makes the…

Where women win

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Romance novels are often thought of as straightforward, where the heroine gets her happy ending. But Catherine Roach argues that, for a novel to be about a woman having a rounded and fulfilling life, it’s a transgressive act.

Crafting a persona

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Catherine Roach didn’t think her last name was particularly appealing for a romance writer. So she created a pen name that is a little more “romantic” and “exotic.” Here, she talks about what taking on a pen name can do for your writing and…