Tag: doing the research

Gender matters

lois regson

What makes the popular romance community so unique? Jen Lois and Joanna Gregson set out to study how writers construct their characters, but ended up finding a much more interesting story in how the romance community supports itself.

Clothes make the woman

Film still, Shelley Bates interview

Author Shelley Bates walks a mile in the shoes of her Regency, steampunk, and Amish characters, literally.

Military characters

Film still, Cindy Gerard, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Cindy Gerard, author of romantic suspense, explains why she started writing novels about veterans and the difficulties they face.

1,100 Pages of Austen

Copy of Pride and Prejudice, opened to the title page

Ever wonder what happened to the manuscripts of Jane Austen’s novels? Amy Elizabeth Smith explores their digital incarnation.

Dressing the part

Film still, Deeanne Gist in Victorian corset, 2011, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

In historical romances, the clothing may not make the man or woman, but it can speak volumes.

Building worlds

Film still, Jessica Andersen, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Jessica Andersen describes how authors’ worlds can be based on research, personal experience, and pure imagination.

Christmas past

Postcard, Herzliche Neujahrsgruße!, August Rokl, New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Historical authors are sometimes caught between historical accuracy and meeting reader expectations. How do they compromise?

Regency resources

Heather Cowper, "Regency Dress from the Fashion Museum in Bath," Flickr, 2008.

Author Isobel Carr recommends resources for writing Regency romance.

Librarian by day

Photo, Library, Ellen Forsyth, 3 September 2009, Flickr, creative commons

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…

Pearce’s must-haves

Oil on canvas, The Marquise de Pezé and the Marquise de Rouget with Her Two Children, 1787, Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, original in collection of the National Gallery of Art

Historical romances are backed by hours of research. Author Kate Pearce shares her favorite reference books.