The Popular Romance Project
With Catherine Roach
Posted on November 10, 2014
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…
Topics: Romance Scholarship | Writing Romance
With Melanie Ann Schaeffer
Posted on March 6, 2014
Melanie Ann Schaeffer wants her baby boomer characters to be vibrant, and not relegated to what outsiders think is “appropriate” for their generation.
Topics: Writing Romance
With Rhonda Jackson Joseph
Posted on February 20, 2014
Author Rhonda Jackson Joseph remembers discovering black love stories before black romance lines existed.
With Darlene Clark Hine
Posted on February 11, 2014
Phillis Wheatley first captured some of the feelings of love and longing that would later appear in African American romance novels.
Topics: Beyond the Novel | Romance Scholarship
Posted on February 6, 2014
Before African American romance novels were a flourishing subgenre, readers found stories of black love in periodicals, says Darlene Clark Hine.
Topics: Romance Scholarship
With William Gleason
Posted on February 5, 2014
After the Civil War, African American authors wrote optimistic love stories, until the brutal failure of Reconstruction strangled the genre.
By Allison Holz
Posted on October 31, 2013
Do paranormal romance heroines have to know martial arts and wield ancient weapons? Allison Holz talks about writing more down-to-earth women.
By Sandra Antonelli
Posted on October 21, 2013
Author and scholar Sandra Antonelli writes romances that challenge the status quo of heroines in their 20s.
By Jessica Freely
Posted on October 17, 2013
Same-sex romance novels have taken off in the past few years. Author Jessica Freely looks at who reads these stories, and why.
Topics: Selling Romance
By Kim Gallon
Posted on October 10, 2013
In 2006, Marvel celebrated the first marriage of black superheroes: weather-controlling mutant Storm and African ruler Black Panther.
Topics: Beyond the Novel
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