Category Archives: genre talk

Writing, rankings, and ratings: The problem with keeping score

When I was a kid, my parents were pretty strict about acceptable additions to the decor in my room. While I was eventually allowed to get a cork board where I pinned pictures of crush objects and party invitations, the … Continue reading

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Podcasts, sales, and more!

This past Friday, Erin and I recorded for the Written on the Edge (WROTE) podcast, formerly known as the Three M/Musketeers podcast, which rebranded to be more inclusive to all forms of LGBTQ+ literature.  We had a long, hilarious chat which will … Continue reading

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Eight things Hamilton taught us about writing romance

Despite still being in the U.K. and having a creepy run in with the fae (pro-tip, if you’re near Avebury and a sign says to please close the iron gate, close the iron gate), Erin has now listened to all of … Continue reading

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Six things Pride & Prejudice taught us about the romance genre while also ruining our lives

In our not quite yet a tradition of watching new-to-us romantic comedies and seeing what they can teach us about the romance genre, Erin and I recently watched the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. Although to be fair, it’s not really … Continue reading

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Adjunct Hell and our ongoing fascination with age difference narratives

Like many of our stories, “Adjunct Hell” is, among other things, an age difference story. Our interest in writing relationships with age differences comes from a lot of difference places. Sometimes, it’s just fun (and sexy) to write stories about … Continue reading

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Adjunct Hell: Why We Love Mixed-Orientation Anthologies (And why you should, too!)

One of the things that has Erin and I looking so forward to reading the Young Love, Old Hearts anthology is that it is a mixed-orientation anthology with both M/M and F/F stories.  These mixed-orientation anthologies often seem to us … Continue reading

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Room 1024 and the Pleasure of Process

Today Erin & I are celebrating the release of Room 1024 our novelette set at a gay men’s leather conference. Promoting this story is a little weird — if we lead with “responsible non-monogamy” that leaves out some key elements of the … Continue reading

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But how do you write… that?

One of the questions Erin and I get a lot is how on earth do we know how to write gay sex? Since we’re women, and all that. Now, aside from the obvious answer (which is research), I just want to … Continue reading

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Room 1024: A Book With an HFN

Most of what my co-writer, Racheline Maltese, and I write can be pretty fairly classified as an HEA. We like finding new and creative ways (and subverting some old ones) to give our characters their well-earned Happily Ever After. Which … Continue reading

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Writing sex work in your romantic and erotic fiction

Last night, as I was tweeting about my general dismay at Pretty Woman, Shira Glassman struck up a conversation with me. Not for the first time; her LGBTQ books have a heroine with celiac disease, which I have, so we’re … Continue reading

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