Crossed Wires: Romance is the Real Deal

by Mina V. Esguerra Sad and tired truth: Romance is, despite its popularity worldwide, one of the genres that “serious readers” and “serious writers” find acceptable to diss. The put-down can be as innocent as “I prefer to read challenging books” or as alarming as “Teenage pregnancies are on the rise because of books with kissing!” Much has already been written about why this is wrong, and how difficult it is to engage a critic who disses a body of work without having tried it. And no, giving up on an entire genre because you couldn’t stand the one page of…

4 Great Things About Being A Filipino Romance Author (Right Now)

by Mina V. Esguerra When I started writing fiction, I had the impression it was going to be a hobby, something I would do when I had an extra few minutes a day, and maybe I’d finish writing one book and be done with the entire business of it. Many writers feel this way, but maybe they don’t realize why it’s worth it to write more. This month, Bookbed is celebrating its fifth anniversary and I’d like to join the fun and share why, as a Filipino romance author, there’s a lot to be excited about.   1. Romance is still a big…