Discover what 1 in 5 readers know - what makes a great romance novel. Why do so many readers embrace this genre? Why do people write them? Become part of a conversation between writers and readers as we explore what are the critical elements for enjoying reading and writing romance.
Find inspiration through a discussion led by romance authors Toni Lea Andrews and Kristan Higgins and blogger and author Sarah Wendell.
Ms. Andrews’s latest book, Cry Mercy is book three in the Mercy Hollings Series. Ms. Andrews started writing in her 40’s and has not looked back. She grew up in Connecticut, moved away and has since returned to New England living in the lakeside cottage where she spent summers as a child.
Kristan Higgins worked as a copywriter until she had children. Writing, she surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so she started her first novel. Before long, she had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America's RITA © award. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good to Be True in February 09 and The Next Best Thing, is scheduled for 2010.
“I've always loved reading romance - finding The One is something most of us want in life, after all. I started writing romance for the simple reason that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom but also because it was my chance to make something of all those years spent as a reader of "those" novels. And while I loved reading the stories about billionaires and Navy Seals, I wanted a story for the rest of us. Those of us who weren't necessarily drop-dead gorgeous, filthy rich or wildly talented. Figured we deserved a big, memorable love story, too.” Kristan Higgins
Sarah Wendell writes a very popular blog with Candy Tan called Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. And indeed they are both smart having earned English degrees. They share a passion for romance novels and offer fun and thoughtful opinions on the latest books. Their new book Beyond Heaving Bosoms is considered to be a”high-octane, hilarious and revelatory look at the romance genre.” – Lisa Kleypas, NY Times bestselling author.