Jen Miller of the Philadephia Inquirer wrote quite the romance-positive article on the writers behind the genre: Writing romances, without the cliches. Well done, Jen!
Beth Ciotta, author of the upcoming Evie Ever After, is featured, as well as debut author Shobhan Bantwal and Ellora’s Cave author Stephanie Julian. And, well, me, the man titty media pundit:
Obviously, some people are still reading the novels filled with ripping bodices and windblown hair, even if those kinds of romance novels went the way of Max Headroom, snap bracelets and Clear Pepsi. Contemporary romance novels focus on anything from NASCAR to vampires. And the people doing the writing lead lives as full as their characters’.
“They are amazingly intelligent women who are exceptionally talented,” says Sarah Wendell, coauthor of Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels (Fireside, April 2009, $15) and a romance-industry blogger at www.trashybooks.com. “They’re not just women in fanny packs or extremely rich women in big pink houses writing about love nubbins all day.”
I’d like to thank the editor who allowed my quote to go through, love-nubbins and all. And mad props to Jen Miller – any time romance authors receive positive media coverage for the hardworking, creative, and intelligent women they are is a very very good day.