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Monday, July 6, 2009

Monday Spotlight: Leah Braemel

Thanks to Marianne and Judy for inviting me to be in the spotlight this week. I’m Leah Braemel, and I write romance. In fact, I write steamy romance. Before I was published, not many people knew I wrote. When I finally admitted to my sister that I was about to be published, she asked me what type of stories I wrote. Her reaction when I said romances?

“Oh, you mean you write porn? Like Harlequins and stuff?” Yes, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. She thought Harlequins were porn? She then went on to discuss how Nora Roberts wrote even harder core porn. Eventually I convinced her that no, Harlequins weren’t porn, and no, Ms. Roberts’ stories weren’t harder core porn. When I asked her a few months later if she’d visited my website, or read the excerpt or even the blurb, she said “Yeah, but I don’t read fluff like that.”

Unfortunately it’s not an unusual reaction. So many people are quick to disparage the genre – which is strange considering how romance books are selling so well compared to other genres in this depressed economy. A couple weeks ago, I was in my local bookstore picking up the next book in a Lora Leigh series I was writing when another lady commented about how much she loved Lora’s writing. We chatted for a while, and she asked me to have coffee with her because she finds so few people she can talk with about romance books. We spent two hours sitting gabbing about the various authors and tropes we love. And those we aren’t so thrilled with. We’re meeting up again Wednesday evening – we just discovered our bookstore hosts a Paranormal Romance reader’s group. I’m thrilled to find a group of ladies who aren’t afraid to say “I read romance!”

That’s what I love about the various on-line loops, and websites like Long and Short of It, and Whipped Cream. I find other people who have similar interests and I don’t have to feel like I need to explain my love of romance.


Tamsyn said...

Hi Leah,
I agree with you that many people think of romances as "fluff" but there are also many who are fans. I myself was weaned on Mill & Boon! To each his/her own! Tamsyn

Kytaira said...

I sooo agree with you! My sister-in-law was upset because Outlander was placed with the romance books. She doesn't read *that* kind of book. I got the last laugh though by hooking her daughter on romance! Thankfully my own sister and mom read romance.

I worked at a used book store for a while. One lady was so funny. She read Nora Roberts and Linda Howard but refused to step into the series romance aisle. We would call out titles to her as she stood in the general fiction aisle.

Leah Braemel said...

It doesn't bother me if they want to read my stuff or not (actually I think I'm better off if they don't as they are generally fairly negative about everything.) But I love reading romance.

Kytaira, LOL about that woman not considering Nora Roberts' or Linda Howard's work romances. Strange what people can get in their heads, isn't it?

Cathy M said...

The best part of belonging to a yahoo group or blog is that everyone there is of a like mind, we enhale romance stories and love a chance to chat about them.