’s as (much a) part of the story as the plot or the setting. Some books are steamier than others.
Q: Why do you think romance novels are so popular?
I think they are empowering to women and affirming. I know this might be surprising to people who aren’t familiar with the genre, but the Harlequins I read growing up told me that, as a woman, I could do and be anything I wanted. The characters traveled all over the world and had fascinating careers like architecture and archaeology. They worked to put themselves through school because it was important. The heroines deal with their problems, they walk away from abusive relationships, battle breast cancer — you name an issue particularly important to women, it’s probably been explored between the covers of a romance novel.
Q: What do you like to read?
Other than romance, I find myself reading a lot of nonfiction as research. My oldest daughter wanted to read the "Twilight” series by Stephenie Meyer, so I picked it up to read before I handed it over. I was just going to give it a quick scan but immediately became hooked. Now, I’m reading a lot of young-adult fiction such as P.C. and Kristin Cast’s "Marked.”
Q: What does your husband think about your romance writing?
He loves it. He’s read all my books and is my biggest supporter.