Thanks to everyone who commented on my interview with Louisa Edwards! The lucky winner of Too Hot to Touch is…Joyce Zahariades!
You also win a copy of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
Joyce, email me your mailing address and phone number (which Amazon needs) at romancingkatrina [at] gmail [dot] com (and, just to warn you, I’m traveling to northern Kenya tomorrow so don’t worry if it takes me a few days to respond to your email).
For those of you who didn’t win, make sure you leave a comment on my interview with Rose Lerner. Her Regency romances are awesome!
“In contemporaries, community is key,” Selina McLemore, Senior Editor at Grand Central Publishing, told me at the Romance Writers of America national conference last week.
It makes sense, right? Those of us who love contemporary romance fall for books set in a particular town or city that feels as fleshed out as the hero and heroine. A place we’d love to visit, move to, or just immerse ourselves in for a few hours.
But community shouldn’t be confused with setting. It’s more than that.
It’s characters—oddballs who make a town unique and help the hero and heroine when they need it most; fast-talking city folks who are so savvy they make a reader jealous; and families who can overwhelm the most patient person but pull together when it’s most needed. It’s colleagues who challenge and sharpen you, while also making you howl with laughter, like in Louisa Edwards’s Recipe for Love series.
But community shouldn’t be confused with character development. It’s more than that.