Bill Spence Loves Writing Romance

Barbara Vey -- February 11th, 2013

Jessica Blair

I absolutely love this story.  Bill Spence, 89 from England has been writing romance novels for the past 20 years under the name of Jessica Blair.

Bill, a former member of the RAF’s Bomber Command, started writing in 1959.  He wrote 36 westerns before he penned a nonfiction about whaling.  Bill then decided to put his historical knowledge to work in a romance.  When he sent it off to publishers, Bill says, “They said they liked it and would love to publish it but under a different name. The publishers were going to keep it a secret but it was picked up by a number of the papers, as here was someone who had been writing Westerns now trying to publish books under a female name.”

The Jessica Blair books take about 9 months to write.  According to Bill, “It is very different writing romantic novels as opposed to westerns. For one thing, romantic novels are a lot longer, about 100,000 words long, while westerns are about 45,000. I would never go back, I am too used to writing romantic fiction now, but I learnt a lot writing westerns.”

Bill doesn’t plan to stop writing romance any time soon.  “When I am writing I have got to think in a female way and I have got to think about the period I am setting the book in. I just love doing it. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t do it!”

You can read the whole article here.

So, what’s in a pen name?  A lot.  I know a lot of people who will only read books by men or only by women.  Some readers really believe that only certain sexes can only write about certain topics.  This is nothing new, but we still see established writers creating new names when they want to write a different genre.

What do you think?  If you read a book that you thought was written by a woman and then found out it was an 89 year old man, would it change your perception of the book?   Have you ever had it happen that you read a book and really enjoyed it only to find out that the writer wasn’t who or what you expected? 

Bottom Line:  Thinking of my mom today who would have been celebrating her 83rd birthday.

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9 thoughts on “Bill Spence Loves Writing Romance

  1. Kathy

    Late 70′s, early 80′s I was a big fan of Madelaine Brent. Imagine my surprise years later to discover “she” was really Peter O’Donnell who wrote the Modesty Blaise spy novels.

  2. Susan Carlisle

    A good book is a good books no matter what sex writes it. I’m interested in the fact that a man can write romance because they don’t traditionally write emotion well. I’ll have to try one of the Blair books.

  3. Bertrice Small

    Back in the day the author known as Jennifer Wilde was
    actually a 6 foot Texan named Tom E. Huff. He also wrote
    Gothics as Edwina Marlowe. He’s been dead over 20 years
    now sad to say because Jennifer was a very good writer.

  4. Juliet Rosetti

    I loved The Mile High Hair Club by Naomi Neale–very funny and smart about women’s perceptions–but after reading another of Naomi’s books and digging into her background, discovered the books are written by a man. So I’ll definitely be reading Bill Spence’s books–am looking forward to it. Go, Bill!

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