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Have you always written Romance? Yes, I've always written in some form of romance. It's my passion.
How do you deal with critiques about the romance genre?
When people "diss" romance books, I can tell it's because of their own bitter experience with romance. I know a few people who willingly slap down this genre because they feel like what they read is so far more superior than our genre and I think that's a sad mentality to have because it means that they are close minded. Their loss.
What’s the one thing about our genre you’d like people to know.
I'd really like them to know that romance books have come a long way from when their mother's were reading them. Our books are not sappy and two dimensional. Many of the heroine are strong and independent. There are so many sub genres now from Romantic suspense, romantic mystery, adventure, comedy, thriller, para normal romance which has even more sub genres in and of itself. I'd say that they should ask romance readers for recommendations and then try to read a recent book to give it a try
Don't forget to hop on over to my friend's J.J. Devine's blog to see how she answered these same questions. She's at http://definingjjdevine.weebly.com/ramblings-of-a-writer