A friend and I were talking last night, as we usually do, about books. We were going on and on about our favorite authors and I noticed there were no men authors being talked about. When I asked her who her favorite male author was who wrote romance she immediately said Nicolas Sparks, "If you can get past the tragic endings." Well, I knew that was the reason I didn’t read his books. I need my HEA (happily ever after).
So for my turn I threw out Paul Levine who writes the great Solomon vs Lord series (think Moonlighting meets Boston Legal). I love the romance in his books, along with the humor, memorable characters and mystery.
My friend came back with Leigh Greenwood who writes westerns. Now I was curious about Leigh, so I googled him. Leigh’s first book came out in 1987 and he blames his wife because she left her romance books all over the house. He’s since written 35 books and has served as president of RWA (Romance Writers of America).
Next for me was Tim Dorsey. Now even though Tim really doesn’t write romance in the truest sense of the word, he has a character, Serge Storms, who is described as a "serial killer with a heart of gold" (trust me, these books are hilarious). I heard him speak once on how he was encouraged to add more romance to his books. Tim read a romantic passage from one of his books and had every one in tears….from laughter. And couldn’t we all use a good laugh sometimes from our romances.
The ball was now in my friend’s court and she lobbed Ken Casper. Time out for a google. Ken was writing a mystery when his critique partners (3 romance writers) encouraged him to try romance. He started winning contests and in 1998 A Man Called Jesse was published. Ken has since written a dozen more romances.
Since I started this blog in March, it has truly been a learning experience for me and this is one more example. I’m sure there’s a lot more romance writers of the male gender that I don’t know about. So, help me out. Which male romance writers have you read? Which books of their’s would you recommend? Or do you feel men can’t write romance (just playing devil’s advocate)?
Bottom Line: To do list: Find friends who argue with me less and agree with me more.
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