Category Archives: genre talk

Romance novels are feminist, political & made of witchcraft

In my household we often watch Say Yes to the Dress as background noise when writing or messing about on the Internet. This seems obvious. Romance writers, of course, we watch Say Yes to the Dress. Retrograde genre and retrograde show, right? Wrong. The … Continue reading

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Will & Jane… and a short personal history of desire and shame

This past weekend, I was in Washington DC for the OutWrite book festival, which meant Erin and I absolutely had to go see the Folger Library’s Will & Jane exhibit, about the construction of celebrity around both William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. … Continue reading

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Max Perkins: Man of Genius

Yesterday I cut out of work early to go see Genius, the movie about Max Perkins, the editor who shepherded the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Tom Wolfe into the world. I’d been looking forward to this movie, not just for … Continue reading

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RWA issues apology for infamous “one man, one woman” romance definition poll

Today Romance Writers of America issued a long overdue and welcome apology for a poll in 2005 in which it considered defining romance as “a story in which a predominant part of the story line focuses on the romantic relationship … Continue reading

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Poly Yammery on The Hopeless Romantic

I recently recorded an episode of The Hopeless Romantic with Austin Chant and Amanda Jean focusing on polyamory in romance fiction. We cover a wide range of topics (see the blurb below) but particularly if you’re looking for info on our forthcoming … Continue reading

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m SLASH m – a guest post from Erica Kudisch

Erica Kudisch is the author of The Backup, a fantastic (and fantastically reviewed) new LGBT novel involving music, Greek gods, and much mayhem. Note: The Backup is not a romance, but if it’s the right book for you, it’s really, really … Continue reading

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A constantly shifting me

When I write, I come to it as an actor. Last week my partner asked me what was wrong while I was trying to write a scene where Callum (who you’ll get to meet soon, we hope, in The Art of … Continue reading

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