Family and childhood

What goes into the making of a romance writer? Did all romance writers grow up surrounded by books? In small towns? In big cities? Did a family member read The Princess Bride to them every evening before bed? Thirteen authors tell executive producer of the Popular Romance Project, Laurie Kahn, about their family histories.

How does your childhood influence what you read (and write) now? What authors include extended families as important parts of their novels? Read More


Childhood reading

To be a writer, you have to be a reader. What books did romance authors fall in love with when they were children? What started them on the road to reading, and then on to writing? Where did they stop along the way? Thirteen authors and one authors’ assistant recall their early reading lives for Laurie Kahn, executive producer of the Popular Romance Project.

What did you start out reading? What, outside of romance novels, do you read for fun today? Read More


Librarian by day

Photo, Crystal Jordan, Image provided by author

Crystal Jordan on the pros and cons of being both a librarian and an author.

As the title of this post probably tells you, I’m a librarian for my day job. I don’t normally wear my hair in a bun, but I do sport a pair of glasses and have been known to shush people while at the reference desk. More than that, I’ve got the cute, curly blonde thing going for me, so when people look at me, their first thought isn’t “author of sexy romances.” In fact, when people do find out I write romance, they tend to guess I write at the milder, sweeter end of the genre. Of course, those who know me better can tell you I have a sarcastic streak a mile wide and a tendency toward making up my own compound swear words. I won’t go into details on that one, but I’m sure you can use your imagination.

I’m not sure what people expect to see when they think about authors like me. A bustier and stilettos instead of a silk peignoir and chocolate bonbons? The reality is so much less exciting, I’m afraid. I spend most of my days in front of a computer, either answering reference questions from the students and faculty at my university or writing my latest story. Occasionally, you can find me in a classroom teaching Read More


RWA’s impact

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) organization was created in 1981 to advance the professional interests of romance writers. Every year the organization holds an annual conference where writers, editors, agents, and bloggers are under the same roof. Workshops are offered, deals are made, and friendships are renewed.

Over the past year, our interviewees have told us what a difference RWA has made in their lives. The video for this week has clips from interviews with Jessica Andersen, Suzanne Brockmann, Kim Castillo, Elizabeth Essex, Brenda Jackson, Crystal Jordan, Sourcebook’s Dominique Raccah, and Sarah Wendell.

My film crew and I covered the 2012 conference of the Romance Writers of America last week in Anaheim, California. A preview reel of our documentary film-in-the-making, Love Between the Covers, was shown at the opening luncheon of the conference—and it was a big hit.

So here’s a question for you: what difference RWA has made in your life, or the life of a romance writer you know? Join the conversation below the jump! Read More


Documentary Kickstarter

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to show the reel for our upcoming documentary, Love Between the Covers, at the 2012 Romance Writers of America convention in Anaheim, California! We’re extremely grateful for our reception and to the RWA for giving us the opportunity! We’d like to share the reel with you here as well.

Visit LoveBetweentheCovers.com to see the reel in its original context!
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Writing on a dare

A university librarian by day and a romance author by night, Crystal Jordan never planned to be a writer. Working in academia, she’s open about her interest in romance, but she told me she doesn’t like thinking that her colleagues are reading her novels. “So I just pretend that they haven’t read my work.”

Crystal began writing romance novels on a dare from her grandmother, an avid romance reader who introduced her to paranormal and science fiction romances. Her mother was an avid reader of romance novels also, but she is partial to historicals. Crystal read her first romance novel at age 11, when her mother wasn’t looking. It was The Gamble by LaVyrle Spencer. “Fabulous book,” Crystal remembers.

Did your mother or grandmother read romance novels? If so, what kind? Do you share novels with others in your family across the generations? Tell us your stories below! Read More