August 27, 2019

(I am annoyed. This may come out not-great. I'm writing it anyway.)

I find it necessary to point out, as loudly and forcibly as I can, that when I write about white supremacy in historical fiction, I am not writing about the need for diversity. Nor am...

April 18, 2018

One reaction to my presentation on how Historical Romance has been largely shaped by an imperialist (and therefore white supremacist) ethos has been, “Okay but people like their guilt-free fantasies. And Dukes sell. How exactly can we change this?” S...

April 15, 2018

An article based on this presentation, "Reclaiming Historical Romance", was published in the December 2018 issue of Romance Writers Report. It was written for an audience of historical romance authors; the below was for an academic audience. That art...

July 10, 2017

Sometimes people ask me the process of how I write a book, so here you go.

How It Starts, Basically


Actually let’s get this out of the way: non-writers are usually asking something different, which is “Where does the story/character come from?” and it...

June 26, 2017

A fellow new-author friend emailed to ask how she should deal with various social media and, though I assured her my wisdom is both scant and questionable, I typed out what I knew about Goodreads. It's really long, though, and I thought it might be u...

May 26, 2017

So here’s the thing: There are all these little unseen (I think, anyway – or at least seen only by me, as far as I know) bits of Fair, Bright, and Terrible that I am afraid I’m going to forget I put there, unless I write them down. I wrote my first b...

May 6, 2017

It's no secret among Romance writers that our heroines are judged far more harshly than our heroes. 

How about that for an opening sentence? This is a topic that kinda makes me salty, so I'm not sure where to start. I already see the problems with tha...

May 13, 2016

Last night I was awoken in the wee hours by a wicked loud thunderstorm. As I swam up out of dream-land and came to consciousness, this is what was going on in my head: Why is there a thunderstorm? How does that fit into the plot? Okay, it's not affec...

June 27, 2015

from the archives: May 2005

 

I was thinking about how my BFF (the original Snookie) once said that there were certain things she loved in Romance novels that were kinda dumb and totally cliché, but she didn't care because "I LOVE IT."

 

 Possibly a...

June 21, 2015

from the archives: August 2005
Note: it was an especially bad day in my former job as middle manager

 

If I were a pirate, you would've walked the plank like at least 3 times today, you scurvy cur.

 

If I were a pirate, I would not have a poofy shirt wit...

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