And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition

Posted by on January 12, 2016 in publicity, recent, writing | 4 comments

Way too many years ago, I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English.  That means I spent a lot of time discussing fine literature, and I wrote a thesis on — I’m not kidding — non-teleological thought in the novels of John Steinbeck.

And now, I write romance novels.

I don’t expect those worlds to meet up very often. I mean, there’s not a course I took in college that would welcome the Diamond Brides. Jane Madison would not exactly be typical fare for my precepts in the basement of McCosh Hall.

And yet…


A couple of months ago, I received a phone call from Jennifer Altmann, a writer for the Princeton Alumni Weekly (the “PAW”).  She was interviewing several alumni authors, specifically focusing on the romance genre.  We ended up talking for about an hour, with Jennifer asking a number of very perceptive questions about genre writing in general and romance in particular. In follow-up emails, we got into even more detail (resulting in one particularly amusing email where I attempted to define the spectrum of romance from sweet to scorching, all the time using polite, academic language!)

Now, the article is available — in the traditional print magazine and online. So, what do a bunch of Princeton alumni have to say about writing romance?  Check it out!


  1. Extremely insightful article! I hope it aids in helping supremely talented authors, such as yourself, get the respect you deserve as literary artists! Love love love reading your books by the way!

    • Many thanks for the kind words! And I think the article did a great job of capturing the diversity in romance writing today!

  2. I’m reading the PAW article right now! Kudos to you for following your “passions”, literally and hopefully otherwise, too! I’m so impressed by the marketing techniques you used and it’s convinced me to finally give self-publishing a shot…hey I love a good Lifetime movie but I’ve never really read romance as a genre. Time to widen my view! Seems like a great way to be creative and write for an audience who appreciates you. Cheers and continued success!

    • Many thanks for the kind words! In romance (as in all genres!) there are some pretty routine books — but there are also some incredible stories being told! Best of luck with your own self-publishing!