If you like to read romance novels of all genres, join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all...about our writing, of course! Every week we'll answer the same questions. Once you've read my blog, the link below will direct you to another. Tell your friends and feel free to ask questions or make comments.
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If you've joined me from Jeana E Mann's blog, welcome! Now on to the questions!
Have you always written Romance?
If we are talking about novels, then yes. I am fascinated by how people meet, how they build lives together, so romance is the perfect fit for that. As well, when I read for enjoyment, I prefer novels that promise a happy ending. It is also why I enjoy mysteries. I want to feel uplifted and happy when I finish a book, and with those two genres I am guaranteed that!
How do you deal with critiques about the romance genre?
Generally, I smile and nod and move on. Here's the thing – people are allowed to read what they want. If you don't like romance, don't read it. Personally, I don't read horror, and probably never will. Of course, the flip side to that is, if you don't read a certain genre, you shouldn't criticize it. Unfortunately, people denigrate what they don't understand all the time, whether its books, movies, art or another human being. I don't feel the need to bang my head against a brick wall, attempting to change the mind of people who don't want to be changed.
What’s the one thing about our genre you’d like people to know?
Let's face it – there are some really, really poorly written romance novels out there, just as there are poorly written sci-fi, mystery and thrillers. But thinking people do not judge an entire genre by a few examples. The best romance novels are about people in relationships that help them grow and change and become better people. And what more valid and valuable story is there? Love doesn't just make the world go round – it makes the world a caring, tender place, where everyone is accepted for who they are. And for me, that's what romance is all about.
Now it's time to move on to Fiona Riplee - enjoy!