Writers on Romance
This page is for articles/speeches written by romance writers about the romance genre but not published in academic journals or books.
From this page you may return to the main Romance Scholarship page or go directly to
- Academics Who Write Romance
- Academic Online Essays (not published in academic journals or volumes)
- Autobiographies and Biographies of Romance Authors
- Bibliography A-C - the first part of our bibliography of academic articles and books about romance.
- Bibliography D-G - the second part of our bibliography of academic articles and books about romance.
- Bibliography H-L - the third part of our bibliography of academic articles and books about romance.
- Bibliography M-O - the fourth part of our bibliography of academic articles and books about romance.
- Bibliography P-S - the fifth part of our bibliography of academic articles and books about romance.
- Bibliography T-Z - the final part of our bibliography of academic articles and books about romance.
- Bibliography of Scholarship in Languages Other than English.
- Dissertation Abstracts
- Guides to the Genre
- Romance in the Media - lists news items/features items about romance.
- Romance Resources for Academics - lists romance-related resources which may be of interest to academics.
Many of these items are no longer available at the site on which they were originally published. If we've noticed this has happened, we will retain the original link and, where possible, add a link to the page as it has been preserved by the Internet Archive.
AuthorsOnTheWeb.Com, 2004. '2004 Romance Author Roundtable'.  'AuthorsOnTheWeb.com has brought together 17 romance writers --- Cherry Adair, Mary Balogh, Stephanie Bond, Susan Crandall, Jane Feather, Laura Lee Guhrke, Lisa Jackson, Beverly Jenkins, Nicole Jordan, Lisa Kleypas, Jill Marie Landis, Linda Francis Lee, Judi McCoy, Linda Lael Miller, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kimberly Raye, and Karen Rose --- to discuss the challenge of developing fresh plot lines and unique characters in this highly popular and ever-growing genre, the research they conduct for their novels, and memorable encounters they have had with readers.' via the Internet Archive
AuthorsOnTheWeb.Com, 2003. 'Romance Author Roundtable'.  'Romance is more than hearts and flowers for this group of authors. As writers of a genre responsible for more than 50 % book sales it's big business. Mary Lynn Baxter, Jo Beverley, Shirlee Busbee, Candace Camp, Leslie Carroll, Gaelen Foley, Dorothy Garlock, Rachel Gibson, Judith McNaught, Teresa Medeiros, Brenda Novak, Carly Phillips, Julia Quinn, Barbara Samuel, Christina Skye, and Kerrelyn Sparks discuss creating and sustaining ongoing characters, writing love scenes and their thoughts on the romance genre in the world of publishing.'
AuthorsOnTheWeb.Com, 2002. 'Romance Author Roundtable'.  ' Romance. It's more than hearts and flowers. For these sixteen authors --- Shana Abé, Lauren Bach, Sherri Browning, Jacquie D'Alessandro, Madeline Hunter, Brenda Joyce, Donna Kauffman, Betina Krahn, Kat Martin, Glenna McReynolds, Nora Roberts, Sharon Robinson, Amanda Scott, Elizabeth Thornton, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, and Susan Wiggs --- romance is all about writing and it's big business. Read their comments about the genre responsible for more than 50% book sales each year. Now that's a statistic to flirt with!'
Bond, Stephanie, 2006. 'MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS: We Each Are Responsible for the Image of Romance'.  Links to these and other articles by Stephanie Bond for writers can be found at her page for writers.
Bookbug-on-the-Web, 1999-2000. 'A Hero at Heart: Romance Authors Define the Perfect Hero'. 
Bowman, Valerie, 2015. "The Start of Happily Ever After: An Author Reveals the Sources of Inspiration for Writing Romances." Publishers Weekly 262, no. 46 (November 16, 2015): 80.
Brashear, Jean, 2000. 'Writers Who Dare and the Editors Who Let Them', first published in Romance Writers Report.  [if that link doesn't work, see the archived version - you may need to scroll down the page a little.]
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Carr, Robyn. 2013. "Why I Write…." Publishers Weekly 260.22: 28.
F - G
French, Liz, 2010. 'Unconditional Love: How Heroes and Heroines With Disabilities are Winning Readers' Hearts', RT Book Reviews. [This article contains quotes from a number of authors, including Jennifer Ashley, Mary Balogh, Eloisa James and Sabrina Jeffries] 
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Higgins, Kristan, 2015. 'It's Not the Sex: An Author's Take on Why the Romance Genre Is So Popular. Publishers Weekly 262, no. 33: 76.
K - M
McClain, Lee Tobin, 2003. ‘Sweet, Savage Academe: True Confessions of a Pulp Professor’, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 August 2003. 
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Palfrey, Evelyn, 2005. 'Romance at any age: a daughter's curiosity brings back a writer's long ago memories of sneaking Mama's romance novels from under the bed and urges her to write for every generation.' Column on 'the writing life', Editorial. Black Issues Book Review, 01-JAN-05. [About African American romances and also about young romance readers]
Sebastian, Cat, 2018. 'Romance, Compassion, and Inclusivity (Or: How Romance Will Save the World)', Los Angeles Review of Books, 29 August 2018.