Romance, Lauren Willig, Lady Jane’s Salon, and yours truly are featured in the NY Post today in an article titled Love’s New Thrust. Behind that thrusting title, the article itself is mostly a discussion of how romance has changed. I spent a good bit talking to the reporter, Mandy Stadtmiller, the other night, and she was definitely after an article that talks about how romance novels are not what you expect, and how they’ve grown and updated over the years to feature savvy writing and sassy heroines.
Historical romance author Maya Rodale (“The Rogue and the Rival”), who came up with the idea for a local reading series called Lady Jane’s Salon (yes, Jane as in Austen), says, “What I love about romance novels today is they’re not your grandma’s romances. Heroines have become so much sassier.”
There’s also video of Lauren Willig reading her book, Leanna Renee Hieber reading Jenna Petersen’s book, plus me and Ron Hogan talking at Lady Jane’s Salon.
[For some reason, the volume is not working at all, but it could be me.]
My favorite part, I admit, was something I was SO hoping Mandy Stadtmiller would use in her story:
So how to update the “cleavage galore, throbbing manhood and two souls joined as one”?
“The heroine’s chest might be heaving,” ventures Wendell. “But it might be because she ran five miles after kicking the ass of a terrorist.”