Tag: representation in romance

Crafting a persona

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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…

Finding companionship

Film still, Melanie Ann Schaeffer, interview

Melanie Ann Schaeffer wants her baby boomer characters to be vibrant, and not relegated to what outsiders think is “appropriate” for their generation.

Embracing diversity

Film still, Rhonda Jackson Joseph interview

Author Rhonda Jackson Joseph remembers discovering black love stories before black romance lines existed.

Phillis Wheatley

Film still, Darlene Clark Hine interview

Phillis Wheatley first captured some of the feelings of love and longing that would later appear in African American romance novels.

Discovering black romance

Film still, Darlene Clark Hine interview

Before African American romance novels were a flourishing subgenre, readers found stories of black love in periodicals, says Darlene Clark Hine.

The sentimental novel

Film still, William Gleason interview

After the Civil War, African American authors wrote optimistic love stories, until the brutal failure of Reconstruction strangled the genre.

Ordinary magic

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Do paranormal romance heroines have to know martial arts and wield ancient weapons? Allison Holz talks about writing more down-to-earth women.

Too old for romance?

Photo, Couple, felixtriller, Aug. 3, 2005, Flickr, Creative Commons

Author and scholar Sandra Antonelli writes romances that challenge the status quo of heroines in their 20s.

Reading gay romance

Two women embracing at the 29th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade

Same-sex romance novels have taken off in the past few years. Author Jessica Freely looks at who reads these stories, and why.

Black superhero romance

Comic art, Black Panther #9: Wild Kingdom, 2005, David Yardin, Marvel Entertainment

In 2006, Marvel celebrated the first marriage of black superheroes: weather-controlling mutant Storm and African ruler Black Panther.