Title Image: East Duke Building, East Campus, Duke University, where the symposium Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel will be held. On February 10, 2017 I will be hosting a symposium on Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel. It will be held in East Duke Building on Duke’s... read more
Writing across languages is scary. Ruxie, one of my dear friends in Romania, shares two of my passions: linguistics and romance novels. About a month ago we went out to dinner, and she admitted she had written a Regency romance. Note: a Regency is a novel set in early 19th-century... read more
I originally published this blog about romance novel myths on my Goodreads page. Romance Novel Myths #1: Romance novels are stupid. Upfront: yes, some romance novels are stupid. So are some mystery novels, science fiction novels, slice-of-life novels, TV shows, magazine articles, op-ed pieces, political speeches – the list here is... read more
Note: My blogs Visiting London, London Architecture, and Factual London are about factual London. This one is about fictional London. The present blog is about fictional London, that is, the London that figures as the setting for my two latest stories, The Alpha’s Edge and Buy Me Love. I thought... read more
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 Lori Ann... read more
When discussing whether or not a romance novelist is successful, many people focus on how much money for romance novels sales the author makes. However, is that really the only piece that determines whether or not a romance author, or any author is successful.
Romantic international settings are popping up more frequently in romance novels. Spurred by wanderlust millennials, are these new international locations the new mainstay in romance writing or just a passing fad?
To illustrate my point about story magic I’ll use The Alpha’s Edge, a shapeshifter short story I just finished writing. The Alpha’s Edge observes the Aristotlean principle of the unity of time and action (plus place). It takes place in a 24-hour time period on one street in London and involves... read more
Last week I was on the phone with an editor discussing one of my short stories The Alpha’s Edge. She told me that when she hears a novelist say, “I want to write short stories” – mostly for the purpose of getting more material out into the marketplace quickly – she... read more
Are you a writer? Beloved children’s book author Roald Dahl offers a checklist of seven qualities anyone wanting to make a living out of writing fiction must have. It’s found in a short piece called Lucky Break appearing at the end of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six... read more