Tale as old as time

Film still, Abby Zidle, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Appealing characters can make even the most timeworn plot sparkle, says Gallery Books senior editor Abby Zidle.

Forming a partnership

Film still, Jayne Ann Krentz, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Jayne Ann Krentz writes heroes and heroines who share her worldviews–and who are a little bit psychic.

And then I read your book

Film still, Cindy Gerard, interview

Books can save lives. Author Cindy Gerard received fan mail from a veteran who found hope in her books.

Optimism in U.S. Romance

Film still, Eric Selinger interview

Where did the American expectation of a happy ending to romantic stories originate? Scholar Eric Selinger looks back.

Where are the “fun” books?

Photo, Rainbow of Books, John Nakamura Remy, Sept. 26 2009, Flickr, Creative Commons

Why do university libraries often avoid stocking romance novels? University librarian Sarah Sheehan explores collection policies.

Why gay romance?

Film still, James Buchanan, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Why do romance fans choose to read and write gay romance? Author James Buchanan believes it’s the power balance.

Putting a bonnet on it

Film still, Shelley Bates interview

Author Shelley Bates writes Amish romance under the pen name Adina Senft. What unique skills does writing Amish romance require? Who reads Amish romance, and why do they read it? Bates answers.

Growing into romance

Film still, Melanie Ann Schaeffer interview

Author Melanie Ann Schaeffer found her reading niche when she first encountered romance novels. Writing and reading romance provides her with an occasional welcome escape from reality, and a way of exploring love and humor with boomer-era characters.