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What happens when a history professor (moi!) writes romance? Here’s an interview I did with BookPage’s Lily McLemore: “A History Professor’s Take on Romance.”
Blogger Jackie Horne, author Maya Rodale, and scholar Rachel Seidman inaugurated the UNSUITABLE Speakers Series, which I co-organize with Laura Florand at Duke University, with a fascinating and lively conversation about romance novels and feminism.
Gender Genre Blog
Maya Rodale includes Again, My Lord in an excellent list of the “Top 5 Romance Novels for a Women’s Studies Course”, plus some of my other favorites!
I shared the story of my about-face conversion for the “Opposites Attract” trope in romance fiction during Read-A-Romance Month in 2016.
Here’s a little piece I wrote in 2016 on the importance of word choice, especially the words we use to describe sex. (Warning: not for the demure or innocent.)
Maria's Farm Country Kitchen blog
When people learn that I’m a professor of medieval history, they sometimes say the darnedest things. And when I tell them I’m also a romance novelist, it can be even funnier. I shared a few hilarious (and somewhat disturbing) examples on the wonderful Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen blog: “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby… Haven’t We?”
Here’s my open letter to folks who dismissively call romance novels “bodice rippers” or “just love stories,” on the fabulous TheMarySue.com: “Stop calling Romance Novels ‘Just’ Love Stories.”
Heroes and Heartbreakers
Book reviewer Janga wrote a beautiful piece on “The Discovery of the Self: The Identity Theme in Katharine Ashe’s Falcon Club”, in which she talks in depth about character development and motivation for five books! The Falcon Club begins with When a Scot Loves a Lady, and at the time of this article’s publication, ran through The Earl, which was brand new at the time this wonderfully detailed piece posted.
(Spoiler Alert: this piece reveals many secrets in the series.)
Heroes and Heartbreakers
In The Rogue I wrote a hero with a super sexy expertise: sword fighting! It inspired me to list my favorite expertises in fiction and real life: “You’re a Pro! 9 Utterly Irresistible Competence Kinks.”
Gender & Genre Blog
I had the honor of being the first romance author to appear on HarperCollins’ Publisher’s Gender & Genre blog with my piece “Cinderella Revisited (Or, Why I Teach the History of the Romance Novel to University Students)”.