As an author, I think it’s important to read books that aren’t perfect so we can perform more effectively in our own stories. That said, there are a few things that will make me put a book down.
I’m challenging myself to write a book in a genre I’ve only recently started to explore. And it’s hard. The deadline is incredibly tight, but more than that, I’m approaching storytelling in a brand new way.
Diversity in race, sexuality, socioeconomic background and more in YA books plays a fundamental role in providing young people with a sense of identity, belonging and validity. Most of the time.
I cannot say I’ve ever read a romance novel where the heroine sat around twiddling her thumbs waiting for a two-dimensional character with no name, (looking you, Prince Charming... ) to give her a new life.
We have somehow squeezed an incomparable number of dukes, earls, marquesses and barons from nine short years of English history. And to that, I have to ask, what about literally all the rest of time?
The discussion is ongoing, but the panel was insightful, educational and full of actionable steps that authors, readers, and industry professionals can take to further an fully inclusive, fully intersectional romance genre.
I got to sit down with RJ Scott to talk writing, research and her new charity anthology, Love For All Seasons!