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BY SONYA COLBERG Published: February 12, 2009
A local college girl tore off her hairnet and began playing the heartstrings of one man, and eventually she won the hearts of millions of romance fiction fans.

Jill Monroe met her future husband while she was serving food at the University of Oklahoma cafeteria during her sophomore year.

"I was wearing a hairnet, and he asked me out anyway!” Monroe said.

The way she met the love of her life deepened her fascination with how people fall in love. So, romance novels were an easy choice when it came time to stop talking about writing a book and to start writing, she said.

Here’s some of what she had to say about romance writing:

Q: What was your first romance novel, and when was it published?

A: My first novel was "Never Naughty Enough,” and it came out in December 2004, hence the "Naughty” in the title.

Q: How many romance novels have you written?

A: Well, I’ve probably written 12. But ... the first three are so bad, they should be tossed. My kids will find where I’ve tucked them after I’m gone and wonder, "What was mom thinking?” I have five in bookstores now, with a novella coming out this summer. My next book comes out in November, and I’ve contracted to write two more.

Q: How do you come up with the steamier parts of a novel?

A: The steamier stuff comes naturally from the characters.

Did you know?
→The romance novel genre contains nine subgenres ranging from contemporary series to inspirational to paranormal.

→For those who read books in 2007, one in five read romance novels.

→At 25.7 percent, contemporary series romance accounted for the largest percentage of romance releases in 2007.

→Publishers released about 8,090 romance books in 2007.

→Expected net revenue for romance fiction in 2008 is $1.34 billion.

→Romance Writers of America, based in Houston, supports the interests of more than 10,000 members. Oklahoma chapters are the Oklahoma City-based OK-Romance Writers of America and Tulsa-based Romance Writers Ink.

SOURCE: Statistics compiled by Romance Writers of America


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