Meet the Editors Podcast Debut – How I Became a Romance Writer
For some of you participating in SYTYCW today, the idea of becoming a multi-published romance writer – as a career – is a new one. Everyone has read stories about authors being willing to starve for their craft but never being able to make a living from their passion. The romance world can be the opposite. Almost half of all paperbacks sold in North America today are romance novels. And many, many New York Times bestsellers are written by romance writers. In fact, the NYT bestseller list from yesterday included these authors who are writing a version of romance: Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Lora Leigh, Nora Roberts, Ferns Michaels and Iris Johanson. (I didn’t include Nicholas Spark’s latest tome because I haven’t read it and can’t therefore classify it, but he generally writes tropes that do not fit into romance conventions, like the unhappy ending.)
In today’s podcast you will meet three new authors and learn how and why they decided to become romance writers. They have dedicated numerous hours in honing their skills, learning from other romance writers and receiving feedback. Now they share back with you. Listen to Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd interview three newer writers about why they decided to write romance and what their lives have been like since they published. Meet Harlequin Blaze writer Meg Maguire, Harlequin Historical author Jeannie Lin, and Harlequin Presents scribe Maisey Yates!