#romanceclass: Confessions of a Hesitant Romance Writer

by Tara Frejas I have a confession to make: Some days, I don’t think of myself as a romance writer. At least, not in the strictest sense. I’m not a big romance reader either, not until I became part of the #romanceclass community. Even then, all the romance books I’ve since read and reviewed are books written by #romanceclass authors. And while majority of my peers can list several romance authors as their writing influences, I would name Mitch Albom. You could hardly call him a romance writer. There are two things I’ve always loved about Albom’s stories. First, they often…

#romanceclass: Romance’s wide, open spaces

by Bianca Mori Here’s what I know: I love romance. I love all the trope conventions: the meet-cute, the escalating tension, the conflict, the love-making (THIS) and the all-important happily ever after. It’s a pleasure to read, and a well-done romance can be satisfying like nothing else. A well-constructed romance can also deliver smart social commentary. Some of the strongest and most affirming statements about agency, consent and diversity I’ve read were between the pages of a so-called fluffy book about boy-crazy ladies. (Riiiight.) I love action. Heists, mysteries and thrillers just do it for me, whether it’s Cormoran Strike limping through…

#romanceclass: Why did I write about a single, childless, 30-something Filipina?

by Miren B. Flores Because I, too, am a single, childless, 30-something Filipina. Apparently, most female authors (and more so than male ones, I’ve read) are asked if their work is autobiographical, so I may have just undermined Girl Power and all. (Sorry about that.) But aren’t you also supposed to write about what you know? And this is what I know: when it’s Christmas in the Philippines and you’re doing your rounds at reunions, these questions do not stop. They’re always escalating, like war, only your enemies are your shawl-wearing, leggings-loving, well-meaning aunts. “Dating? Boyfriend? Husband? Child? Second child?” Old…