And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition
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.
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!