Writing Romance

Writing romance novels takes time, hard work, and familiarity with the genre and its market. Authors share their stories of starting out, choosing pen names, finding their subgenres, and more.

And then I read your book

Film still, Cindy Gerard, interview

Books can save lives. Author Cindy Gerard received fan mail from a veteran who found hope in her books.

Why gay romance?

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Why do romance fans choose to read and write gay romance? Author James Buchanan believes it’s the power balance.

Putting a bonnet on it

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Author Shelley Bates writes Amish romance under the pen name Adina Senft. What unique skills does writing Amish romance require? Who reads Amish romance, and why do they read it? Bates answers.

Growing into romance

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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.

Trust a woman

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Like many romance authors, J. Perry Stone first discovered romance by raiding her mother’s stash.

Never give up

Film still, Robyn Carr and Jamie, 2012, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Robyn Carr’s daughter, Jamie, admires her mother’s stick-to-it-ive-ness to this day.

Imagining a world

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Careful worldbuilding is a sign of good writing in all romance novels, but it defines paranormal romance, says author Nalini Singh.

Larger than life

Film still, Cindy Gerard, interview

Romance author Cindy Gerard creates characters with the qualities she admires in real life: honor, integrity, and the strength to survive suffering.

Professors writing romance

Film still, Catherine Roach interview, Popular Romance Project

Professor/romance author Catherine Roach shares what it’s like following in the footsteps of professor/authors such as Eloisa James/Mary Bly.

It’s a process

Film still, Pamela Regis interview, Popular Romance Project

Pam Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel, jumpstarted an online writing romance course–with Jennifer Crusie.