Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Title Photo: The Battery – Charleston, South Carolina

My friend, Delia, came all the way from Bucharest, Romania to attend the Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel symposium, which I hosted at Duke University on February 10. (More on that event in a later blog.)

After that it was: ROAD TRIP! read more…

Repost: Romance Subgenres

Repost: Romance Subgenres

It’s still Valentine’s Day week! So I thought it would be fun to share my overview of all the different types of romance novels. Look out for a couple updates to contributions I have made to these categories since I first wrote this post. 

My quest as a romance writer is to mine the riches of as many subgenres of this wide-ranging art form as I possibly can.

The major division is between historical and contemporary:

Historical. Location and century organize this huge subgenre. The following time-periods qualify as subgenres of their own, because they are ones some writers specialize in and some readers read exclusively: read more…

Repost: What Romance Novels Have Taught Me About Love

Repost: What Romance Novels Have Taught Me About Love

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am reposting this blog post from last year about what romance novels have taught me about love. Enjoy! 

In 1972 the Equal Rights Amendment was big news. In 1972 the first issue of Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazines appeared. The next year Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States. And in 1972 the publishing sensation of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss brought the marketing category romance novel into existence. read more…

Live Stream Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel

Live Stream Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel

The symposium Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel is being live-streamed on Friday, February 10 from 2:00 – 5:00. The speakers are New York Times bestselling authors Ilona Andrews (the husband-wife writing team of Gordon and Ilona), Sarah MacLean, Alisha Rai, and Mary Bly (known to her readers at Eloisa James). The host for the event is Julie Tetel Andresen. In the 2 o’clock session the authors will present themselves and their work. The 3 o’clock session will feature a Panel Discussion. The 4 o’clock session will be Q&A with the audience. read more…

A Writer’s Buried Treasure

A Writer’s Buried Treasure

We writers regularly give ourselves gifts – whether we’re initially conscious of them or not – in the form of buried treasure. As we write, we leave ourselves breadcrumbs, just like in the fairy tale. But unlike in the fairy tale, there are no birds to eat them. And our breadcrumbs don’t lead our way back. Instead, they lead our way forward. They provide us with narrative resources. read more…

Five Questions with Alisha Rai

Five Questions with Alisha Rai

I’m having so much fun connecting with all the smart authors and bloggers I’ve met online. This is the latest entry in my series of conversations with other romance authors, who join us to share about their creative process, their habits, their inspiration, and more. Our guest today is Alisha Rai who claims writing sexypants romance as her superpower She will be joining me on the panel of the Gender Feminism, Sexuality, and the Romance Novel Symposium in February.  read more…