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15.3.08

Misonceptions About Romance Authors



Last month, I talked about some of the misconceptions about the romance genre, today I’d like to discuss misconceptions about romance authors. Feel free to add any I might have missed.


1. Romance authors live the life of leisure, lounging in lingerie and eating bon bons. Not sure about you all, but I’m usually wrapped in blanket and cleaning up cat puke.

2. Romance authors are rolling in money. Well, I’m sure there’s plenty of change in my couch cushions, but I’m not sure that qualifies. Granted many writers are doing very well for themselves, but many still have to work the dreaded day job.

3. Romance live the same lives as their characters. Oh if only I was a psychic, psychologist, art appraiser librarian who owned a bookstore in a medieval-esque alternate universe. What. Ever.

4. Romance authors do all of the kinky stuff they write about. Sorry to disappoint, but I can’t own up to any ménages, sex with fallen angels or time traveling Arthurian knights.

5. Romance authors write about sex because they’re not getting any and/or due to unrequited love. Most of the writers I know are either married or in a long term relationship, and the vast majority are happy in those relationships.

6. Romance authors are hacks who can’t make it I the real publishing world. Yep…that’s why romances account for over 50% of the books sold in a given year. That’s a huge market for us “hacks.”

7. Romance author who choose to publish ebooks as opposed to print books aren’t as good as print published authors. This one gives me The Rage. Absolute unmitigated rage. Some of the best books out there are in ebook format only. I say this not only as a proud epublished writer but as a very critical, voracious reader.

So what misconceptions about romance authors get your undies in a bunch?

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Sam said...

Great list!!!!
Agree with everything -
Especially the e-book VS print book author.
Grrr!

Now, where did I put my feather boa and box of bon bon?

:-)

Lyn Cash said...

Awesome list, Bron! I think my panty-twister has to be the love qualifiers. "Love between one man and one woman is okay, and missionary position is acceptable if they don't talk dirty to one another, but anything else - writer, reader, and characters are doomed to hell." - It's the old fifties "you can touch my left breast but not my right one, or I'm not a good girl" mentality.

Love could light on a turd, and love has a voice. Whether you speak the language or like what you're hearing is your problem or gift, not mine.

Sandra Cox said...

Excellent, excellent blog, Bron. I especially like one and two, since I can especially relate with the cat fur balls and loose change:)

Carol Lynne said...

Great, Bron! How about when people think you don't have a real job if all you do is sit home in your sweats and write. That's the one that gets me growling.

Bronwyn's Blog said...

Pass the bon bons, Sam! ;)

Lyn, I'm so with you on the love qualifiers. God forbid love be anything other than the sanitized, socially accepted norm.

Sandra, I'm glad I'm not alone in the cleaning up of cat-ness. :)

Bronwyn's Blog said...

Oh! Great one Carol, I can't believe I forgpt that one!!! That one really burns my toast!!!

Anny Cook said...

They're all young twenty somethings that sleep on silk sheets, have kinky sex lives, and wear thongs.

The number one reaction I get to my profession is "But you're a grandmother!"

Really. I didn't know that!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Wonderful post, Bron! You've covered most of the myths that I've noted. The one about romance not being real or serious writing is the item that gets me annoyed. I get the same reaction about the non-romance erotica that I write: "Why don't you write something worthwhile, instead of that smut?"

Grrr, indeed!

Shermaine Williams said...

A great blog that I can really relate to.

The other thing I find is that people tend to see an erotica writer as somehow less smart than someone doing a 'proper job'. They often don't know what to do with themselves when they find out I do both!

How can someone who works a nine to five possibly be creative? Impossible!

Catherine Chernow said...

What a great post! I and some fellow authors spoke about this very topic a few weeks ago on our NowLive radio broadcast.

There are so many misconceptions out there about romance authors. Someone once said to me, 'Oh, you write porn?'

Porn????? Hah!

Romance novels depict the complex relationship between two people. A good romance novels mirrors life. Authors of romance struggle to give readers a dynamite story each and every time.


: )

Catherine Chernow

Caitlin Hoy said...

Great List Bronwyn! I totally agree with you.

Kelly Kirch said...

Or you're "just writing" so you don't mind if X drops over uninvited or Y can't understand why you don't contribute more time to the school or your community. That Z thinks a serious discussion on shoe size is an emergency worthy of interrupting your day with persistent phone calls... OR THE WORST--> that nasty nose wrinkled smug look you get when you say you're a writer and they don't believe your work is legitimate. Uh huh. C'mon. Piss me off a little more and see what happens.

Jamie Hill said...

Great post, Bron! What do you say we try to piss Kelly off and see what happens???
{GRIN}

Jamie

Brynn Paulin said...

Great post Bron! I had to field the "Oh, romance novels..." today.

Sascha Illyvich, erotica romance writer and real estate investor said...

Well if I wore undies *g*

Great post. However I DO sit around in lingerie *snicker* while writing, not a fan of bon bons, rather have Guiness!

I CAN own up to having crazy sex and other kinks...but I AM a fetish author. It was bound to happen *g

Again, great post!

Sascha Illyvich

Judith Rochelle said...

Oh, God, I so agree with you. All of it. Especially the rants about ebooks. The Rage totally consumes when one of these idiots gets started. As for the kinky sex, I certainly wish I had time for all of it but I'm trying to catch up as fast as I can!!!!

Judith Rochelle said...

Anny! I laughed my ass of at your comment. I am so there with you.

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