Tag: romance and community

Good book noise

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Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books says reading romance is a communal experience. Before digital books and the Internet, people would judge what you read. But now, you can find people with the same reading interests as you online, and it makes the…

Smart people in romance


Jen Lois and Joanna Gregson set out to study romance writers and see what made the community unique. Along the way, they found that romance writers come from very different backgrounds than they expected.

Gender matters

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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.

Fans at home and abroad


Romance novels can bring together fans locally and around the globe, says author Suzanne Brockmann.

Growing into romance

Film still, Melanie Ann Schaeffer interview

Author Melanie Ann Schaeffer found her reading niche when she first encountered romance novels. Writing and reading romance provides her with an occasional welcome escape from reality, and a way of exploring love and humor with boomer-era characters.

Stigma and surprise

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Sociologists Joanna Gregson and Jen Lois examined their own prejudices as they studied romance readers and writers.

A conversation with readers

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Keeping in touch with fans is part of the modern romance writer’s work. Author Nalini Singh talks about chatting with fans online.

Community and writing

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When authors come together, they’re eager to form their own communities, says Seton Hill’s Albert Wendland.

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.

Hieber’s perilous prophecy

Film still, Leanna Renee Hieber, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Leanna Renee Hieber reads at Lady Jane’s Salon.