Romantic fiction – and Richard III

I love it when authors engage in online conversations. Here Alex Marchant ponders an article I wrote for Authors Electric Blog and the discourse is well worth sharing.

The Order of the White Boar

Well, here’s a rather different blog post – not specifically about King Richard III* or his times, or even about Master Matthew Wansford. But a little musing on an interesting blog that one of my fellow Authors Electric bloggers, Jane Thornley,  posted about ‘romance’ fiction: ‘I should have been a romance writer’.

http://authorselectric.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/i-should-have-been-romance-writer-by.html

After pointing out that writers of romantic fiction can tap into the largest pool of readers (and buyers) of any genre, Jane questions why the genre is looked down upon – and especially in terms of gender – with romance generally being seen as the preserve of female authors. As she says, love and what goes with it are what perpetuate the species and can offer some of the best aspects of life – though they can also be responsible for (and/or inextricably entwined with) some of its worst throughout history (from the ostensible reason for the…

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