Tag: historical romance

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.

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.

The mass market industry takes off

Film still, Robyn Carr interview, Popular Romance Project

Author Robyn Carr read and was inspired by romantic historical fiction in the days before the romance genre bloomed.

Regencies and the modern girl

Three women in Regency dresses walking down a street

What makes the Regency appealing to modern women? The clear rules of social propriety, says Natalie Duvall.

Publishing Georgette Heyer

Film still, Dominique Raccah and Deb Werksman, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How did one publisher acquire the rights to Georgette Heyer’s novels? With good luck and determination!

Making rakes from real men

Painting, Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle, Arthur William Devis, 1809, public domain

We know what sounds ‘manly’ in the modern day. But, Eloisa James asks, how do you write a man talking to other men in historical settings?

MacLean’s Eleven Scandals

Film still, Sarah MacLean, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How do romance readers and writers share the books they love? Sarah MacLean shares her work at Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC.

Inspirational qualities

Photo, Amish Family Goes Fishing, louisepalanker, Jul. 21, 2009, Flickr, creative commons

Add a faith element to a sweet romance novel, and you have inspirational romance.

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.

Don’t judge a book by…

Cover, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, 2010, Lauren Willig, Signet Select

How do publishers decide genre labels? The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is and isn’t historical romance, chick lit, and literary fiction.