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.

Getting their payoff

Film still, Jessica Andersen, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Jessica Andersen argues that romance novels provide readers with a world where fairness and justice prevail.

Subverting the HEA

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Suzanne Brockmann makes sure to put a fresh spin on old tropes in her romance novels.

We were all big fish

Film still, Cindy Gerard, interview

Author Cindy Gerard gained confidence and a love of books during her small-town childhood.

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.

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.

10,000 Hours

Film still, Shelley Bates interview

It takes persistence to become a published author. Romance novelist Shelley Bates wrote five books before her sixth was published.

Embracing diversity

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

The need to connect

Film still, Jenny Crusie - Why is romance popular?

Jennifer Crusie believes people read romance out of a need to explore deep, thriving emotional connections.

Being in charge

Film still, Bella Andre - What happened when you started self-publishing

Bella Andre believed that her novels could sell better, so she took matters into her own hands.

Writing role models

Film still, Suzanne Brockmann, interview

Author Suzanne Brockmann takes the responsibility of writing heroines seriously.