More Romance-Positive Press from USA Today: Thanks Folks!

USA Today’s Deirdre Donahue did a Q&A with me about EIKAL that allowed me ample opportunity to address and hopefully correct some of the misconceptions about the romance genre, including facts about the books themselves and the women who read and write them. YAY!

The article is online and in the print edition today, too.

I think with their new romance blog headed up by author Joyce Lamb, there will be an increase in romance-positive articles – which is awesome because 1.8 million copies is nothing to sneeze at. I am so excited that they printed an article focused on how positive and powerful romance can be.


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    Jennifer says:

    Piece of foil over the top—crackin’ good idea! I get coffee in the morning, but it gets cold.

    served63 = close but no cigar :)

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    Aurora says:

    Congrats on EIKAL. Interesting article although I guess it hasn’t really changed my perception of romance novels.

    Word: love42. I can come up with 42 ideas on how to write my favorite sad love stories.

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    Merrian says:

    Just read the article and the comments which of course ignore what you said and focus on the romance = female porn worldview. I must say that based on these comments I am beginning think that the ‘female porn’ description arises because men want to justify their own relationship with porn. If there is ‘female porn = romance’ then it appears that there can be no critique of male engagement with porn allowed.

    I am also taken by the pushback against women being allowed to fantasise also implied the comments about science fiction is fantasy [being male fantasy] and therefore romance = female fantasy and so can be dismissed.

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    Maria says:

    Haha! Wanna hear a funny story?? I go to college&I noticed they had magazine sfrom USAtoday for free so I took one to read while I while on my way home. (I take the train). So yeah, I sat there, read it, read it, and totally agreed with you. My teachers in highschool and even my boyfriend calls it my porno books. But whatever, it never stopped me. Thanks to the magazine, I found your website!!! (and your article)

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    SB Sarah says:

    Hi Maria – welcome! Glad you found us. Just wait, THERE ARE SO MANY ROMANCE COMMUNITIES online with reviews – it’s awesome.

    The romance=porn argument is so exhausting, isn’t it? I am keeping with my established rule of sanity (i.e. Never Read the Comments on Any News Site, Ever) but it’s tempting to try to argue. Even though I know there won’t be any listening!

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    Emily Johnson says:


    I think you’re fabulous and I’m glad you’re getting lots of attention for your book!  Good job with Gayle, I’m sure she’s nice or whatever, but she seemed very condescending and rude to you.  Love the USA Today Q&A and I’m glad they’ve started their blog.

    - Emily

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    SB Sarah says:

    Thanks Emily!

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    Casey Crow says:

    Great article! So glad you are helping romance receive the positive attention it deserves!

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    Avery Flynn says:

    Yeah! I so excited about the Happy Ever After blog and must go read your interview. Go team romance.

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