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Hi and welcome back to this weeks adventure with Romance Weekly. Today's questions come from the lovely Victoria Barbour!
Have you always written Romance?
I haven't always written romance, but I've always wanted to. When I was younger, my writing was more in the vein of Young Adult. I wanted to be the next Judy Blume (I still do. She's my hero) I guess I wrote what I knew--teenage angst and conflict.
I liked writing stories about girls and adventure. I wanted to write strong spirited girls that saw things and went places and have wonderful friends and real situations. I loved the way I could open one of these books and relate to the characters.
I always had a romance in the back of my head, though. I just had to grow up a little and get my heart mutilated a few times before I had the guts to write it.
How do you deal with critiques about the Romance genre?
Honestly, I haven't had to deal with a lot of this. In my real life, I don't know a lot of people that read a lot, and those that do, read mostly romance, so I'm in good company.
Sometimes I get the impression when I tell someone I write, and they immediately assume I write romance, as if that's what a chick's supposed to write, I get a little offended, but that's fleeting. Fuck yes I write romance. I write romance because I like to read romance. It's that simple, I think.
So, I proudly nod, give them a hell yes, and go from there. They don't have to read it, but I will them them with the impression that they need to respect it.
What's the one thing about our genre you'd like other people to know?
There are those that feel like we're still in the era of the nightstand grocery store novels, but that just isn't true. Romance has come a long way. They're smarter and wittier and woman no longer feel the need to hide them away like a dirty little habit.
I write erotica, s well as mainstream romance, and that's a little trickier to pass off as legit. "Oh, you write porn?" Yeah. No. It's cliche to simply say it's porn. Just because erotica is graphic does not mean it's porno. My characters are always front row. There is always a story to tell, a plot to develop. I just like to make them bump uglies more often than the norm.
It's mostly men that have this opinion. I think they are just uncomfortable when it comes to women and sex. The more mainstream Romance novels become, and the more prevalent they are in pop culture, the easier it will be for people to come to terms that chicks think about and like sex, and reading about sex. Get over it.
I think everything is escapism in some form. Music, television, movies, books, all of it. Life can tear us down really fast, and when I read about sweet saucy boys making funny sweet girls happy, well, it makes me happy. Love and sex makes the world go around. I want people to understand that there is no shame in reading Romance or erotica.
Be sure to stop by and read what the next author has to say!
Jeana E Mann: http://jeanaemann.net is next on the hop!
Have a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping by again!
6/3/2014 05:11:08 am
Your stories certainly are STEAMY but so beautiful at the same time
6/3/2014 05:38:32 am
I just wrote an article on the history of romance novels, and as you say, the industry has really progressed. I look to see it continue to do so. Imagine what it will be like in another 20 years?
6/3/2014 06:40:08 am
It's true - heart mutilation makes one a better romance writer or composer, or scultper or...
6/3/2014 08:25:46 am
You are absolutely right, there is no shame in reading or writing romance or erotica. People do need that escape from real life. Something that occurred to me, I wonder if there are statistics on how many men closet read romance :) Great blog!!!
6/3/2014 10:23:19 am
When it comes to erotica and people call it porn, I usually comment, "Yeah, but at least they're reading."
6/3/2014 12:21:41 pm
I'm with you, Rhenna. People complain about people not reading anymore, and then they complain about WHAT they're reading. Just can't make those folks happy, I guess. :)
6/3/2014 08:23:21 pm
It certainly does take a certain amount of guts to write romance, well to write any genre really :D Great answers!
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