Writing Articles

All Eyes on Her concept in New Adult Romance Novels

All Eyes On Her

April 9, 2015 5:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Lately I’ve been reading New Adult fiction, mostly sports-themed romances. A recurrent feature of these stories has caught my attention. It’s the moment in the narrative when the heroine experiences “all eyes on her.” One story, featuring a college football hero, has the wildly improbable scene where the star player... read more

keeping your distance as an author of romance novels

On Authorial Distance

February 13, 2015 4:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Christmas Day 2014 I listened to an interview Diane Rehm had with Margaret Atwood about her new story collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. Note: The original NPR airdate was November 10, 2014. During the interview Atwood read the opening pages from the title story first published in The New... read more

Writing sex scenes in fiction (not just romance novels)

Sex, Outrageous Reversals, and Romance Novels

February 6, 2015 10:35 pm Published by 1 Comment

In Creation of the Sacred. Tracks of Biology in Early Religions Walter Burkert, Professor of Classics at the University of Zurich, writes: ”We must acknowledge the highly ambivalent status of sex in all human societies, with all sorts of disclaimers, secrecy, and repression, and the concomitant possibility of outrageous reversals.”... read more

writing better dialogue for novels

Three Tips for Creating Good Dialogue

January 12, 2015 3:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In my post The Importance of Writing Dialogue I note that dialogue is an important, if not the most important, way to build character. The words, phrases, whole paragraphs, mere grunts, or even silences that come out (or don’t come out) of your character’s mouth are the psychological and emotional fingerprints... read more

How I Create Historical Atmosphere

January 5, 2015 3:11 pm Published by 1 Comment

Science fiction, fantasy, and historical novels bring to life worlds unknown to the reader. Science fiction and fantasy novels invent ones that never existed or don’t yet exist, while historical novels invoke ones that once existed. The standard definition of the most recent temporal limit of a historical at any... read more

genre etiquette referencing romance novels

Genre Etiquette

December 11, 2014 10:05 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?” Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey The broader context of Austen’s authorial intrusion is the following: “I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel-writers, of degrading... read more

the romance novel is an art form, painting the love relationship in its many colors

The Romance Novel as an Art Form

July 16, 2014 11:18 pm Published by 1 Comment

I don’t have to go out on a limb to say this, because I’m already out on that limb: the romance novel is an art form. Yes, it’s an art form like any other. It’s a very popular art form, which means in terms of numbers of practitioners, it’s at... read more

why setting matters for story

The Sense of Place in My Novels

June 24, 2014 11:45 pm Published by 1 Comment

I love to travel. Either I go out into the world by setting foot outside my door, or I let the world come to me, primarily through books. Right now I am far outside my front door, namely in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. At the same time I have Kristen Ashley’s... read more