Author Archives for Julie Andresen

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

Sense of Place and My Romance Novels

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

I love to travel, and I love to evoke a sense of place in my novels. 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’m far outside my front door, namely in... read more


gender bias about film or book genres

Gender Bias/Genre Bias and Romances

June 16, 2014 6:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The most quoted of Shakespearean questions– What’s in a name?— now has a clear answer: gender bias. Female-named hurricanes kill about twice as many people as male-named hurricanes. Why? Because people are less likely to evacuate for a female-named hurricane. Fact of the matter is, people don’t take female-named hurricanes... read more


latest romance novel reads

Best Romance Reads: My Latest

June 9, 2014 8:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Here’s my slew of best romance reads. Best Romance Reads: MC Romance Jaci J The Ride (Hell’s Disciplines MC). I noticed that some of the reviewers online complained about the many spelling and grammar mistakes. They didn’t bother me. In fact, as I kept reading, I thought they were part... read more


elizabeth bennett the heroine of pride and prejudice

Romance Heroines: Two Flavors

June 5, 2014 11:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are two kinds of romance heroines. (Yes, I just made that move. There are two kinds of people: those who divide the world in two, and those who ….) The first kind is naked aspirational. The second kind is self-sufficient. The two are easy to confuse. Let’s blame the... read more