If you haven’t seen the controversy stirred up on Twitter, The New York Times recently released an article in their seasonal roundup section about the romance world. At first, we rejoiced. Despite the powerful impact romance has on best seller’s lists, including that of the Times, commercial fiction is often ignored or scoffed at by New York’s literary elite, and the romance world was pleased to find representation in a major newspaper. Until we read it.
I first published my senior year of college, early in 2014, and let me say that there are a great many things I have learned about writing, romance, desire and business since then. Here are just a few.
The first part of this article was a very small glance at the experiences women face everyday, and how romance novels are way to escape those realities. Part II will delve more into the damaging effects of monitoring, not simply what women do or don’t do, but what kind of information they consume and how … Continue reading When Men Comment on What Women Read (And Do) Part II
There are two articles, specifically, that brought this (these) posts to the fore. One for good reasons and bad comments, and the other for not so good reasons. Ultimately, they teach us the same lesson. We cannot comment upon or dictate the actions of others, when we have not shared their experiences - that applies … Continue reading When Men Comment on What Women Do (and Read) Part 1