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.

Writing with knives

Film still, Knife Demonstration, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

How do you write a convincing scene with knives?

An MFA in romance?

Film still, Nicole Peeler, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Seton Hill University’s MFA in writing popular fiction includes romance novels. Nicole Peeler talks about teaching for the program.

Category to chart topper

Photo, Romance Novels, 28 August 2009, Ellen Forsyth, Flickr, creative commons

Category romance is a training ground for many famous authors.

Critique partners

Film still, Elizabeth Essex and Joanne Lockyer, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Joanne Lockyer and Elisabeth Essex are critique partners. How does this relationship work?

Magnetism of fairy tales

Photo, Eloisa James, Image provided by subject

Romance readers are hungry for fairy tales adapted to grapple with ancient and modern philosophical questions, says author Eloisa James.

Krentz on archetypes

Film still, Jayne Ann Krentz, Joseph Friedman, Popular Romance Project

Author Jayne Ann Krentz believes that the appeal of romance novels rests on ancient archetypes.