Category Archives: genre talk

Seven things Pretty Woman taught us about the romance genre… despite how much we hated it

Erin and I resolutely did not start this thing where we watch romantic comedies to try to get a better understanding of our genre to skewer or make fun of movies.  While things about Bridget Jones’s Diary didn’t work for us, … Continue reading

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RainbowCon: Come Meet Us in Tampa!

In less than one month, Erin and I will be in Tampa for RainbowCon running from Thursday July 16 – Sunday July 19th. We’ll be in the dealers room with paperbacks of Starling, Doves, Phoenix, Best Gay Romance 2015, Bitten by Moonlight, … Continue reading

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Poll – what should the two queer chicks watch/subject themselves to next?

So over the last two days Racheline and I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love, Actually. We had way too much fun in the process, and while we (tragically) can’t watch a rom com every night, we are planning to make this … Continue reading

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11 things Love Actually taught us about the romance genre (or, romance can be kind of creepy, but you can mitigate that with cute kids and adorable dogs)

Love Actually is one of my favorite movies, although until tonight I hadn’t seen it in years; Erin, meanwhile, had never seen it before.  So we decided to tackle it much like we tackled Bridget Jones’s Diary yesterday (are we procrastinating … Continue reading

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Nine things Bridget Jones’s Diary taught us about the romance genre (or, two queer romance writers, one really heterosexual romantic comedy — what could possibly go wrong?)

Erin and I each just watched Bridget Jones’s Diary for the first time.  We’re romance writers; it’s kind of a moral obligation.  And we found it by turns baffling, delightful, and weirdly instructive. So here are nine things Bridget Jones’s Diary just taught us … Continue reading

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Panels! Readings! Giveaways! – RWA NYC Romance Festival

Tomorrow, I’ll be taking part in RWA-NYC’s annual Romance Festival at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in upper Manhattan. The day will include readings, panels, giveaways, and music.  The event is free, although tours of the historic house are $5, and the … Continue reading

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Tell your stories, but know your history

Sometimes I am old. Often, I am cranky.  I’ve been out for a long time, and have had the privilege of living in New York, and during my university years having worked at the now defunct Lambda Rising in Washington … Continue reading

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10 things I wish someone had told me (as a queer person) before I started writing LGBTQ+ romance

1. If you want to understand the genre you need to read and socialize in M/F romance spaces too. 2. There are fine, and hotly debated, distinctions between M/M romance, gay romance, and gay lit. These discussions are interesting, relevant, … Continue reading

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My letter to the RWR

Below is the letter I wrote in response to the RWR article we’ve been talking about over the last few days. I know many other members have also written to the RWR about their displeasure, and I continue to want to … Continue reading

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Politics, Social Media, and the RWR (or, “hey, my Twitter feed just exploded!”)

Sunday morning I crankily tweeted about an excerpt of an article in the new Romance Writers Report (the magazine published by the Romance Writers of America for its membership) that offered advice on using social media.  The excerpt suggested that … Continue reading

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