As a novelist and historian, what do you think of the recent conversation about ‘diverse’ romance?
It’s long overdue. The more romance fiction accurately represents the diversity of our current society and of actual historical societies in terms of gender, skin color, sexuality, disability, religion, wealth, labor and all aspects of human identity and experience, the better the genre will be as a whole and the better we will all be as readers. The myth that, for instance, historical England was all white is as damaging to our understanding of the past as it is to our understanding of ourselves as inheritors of that past.
I try to write passionate, emotional love stories set in real places and featuring characters with experiencing real life. I am fortunate to have the generous advice and assistance of brilliant colleagues in academia, as well as amazing author friends, to help me. Some fan favorites are: