New Romance Writing Contest

Check out Romance Writers of New Zealand’s fantastic new contest the ‘Pacific Hearts Award’. Its open 1 February – 1 March, its a full novel contest, and its judged by readers not writers. http://www.romancewriters.co.nz/contests/

 

 

Feminism and Romance Novels

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Is reading and writing romance novels selling out as a feminist? This was the nagging fear I had hammering away at intervals in the back of my mind when I first started writing romance. I ignored it for quite some time, but when the hammering got loud enough  – not when I was reading or writing romance because then I was enjoying myself too much to care, but later, in the quiet moments I had to consider it. Then, when there was nothing better to do than indulge in some personal philosophical angst, I had to face my anxiety about whether or not I might be letting the side down.

Looking at the romance literature industry, however, it’s difficult to see how being involved with it could possibly be anti-feminist. Continue reading

Getting Hooked on Romance

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Many romance authors can trace their love affair with the genre back to their teenage years, after stumbling on romance novels belonging to their mother, grandmother, or a friend. In my case, I found a romance on the bookshelf at my grandmother’s that belonged to my aunt. There weren’t a stack of them. I’m sure there was just the one, but I started reading it and took it home. Of course I got ‘caught’, got into trouble, got lectured – not for taking the book you understand, that was no problem – reading was to be encouraged. The problem was that it was a romance, and this stirred up a swag of stereotypes and negative attitudes to romance genre fiction, which warrant a whole other blog post. Continue reading

Breaking News

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Recently I received some exciting news about my work that I’m not in a position to share…just yet…but check back again soon to find out  how, and where, you will be able to buy my books.