Happy Holiday's lovelies! We would like to welcome author A.M. Hargrove to RBtWBC. She is joining us today with her recent release of EXQUISITE BETRAYAL, a New Adult Contemporary book. Enjoy!
The Stigma of the Male Romance Author
When I began writing Exquisite Betrayal, I thought that having a male author that hid his identity would be an intriguing idea. As I delved into the writing of the novel, I began to wonder why there weren’t more male romance authors. For my story, I had decided that Ryland Thomas would hide behind his sister, using her as his persona. It was an easy out for him, because they were twins and even shared the same initials.
But the more I wrote, the more I wondered why we don’t see more male authors. This question has nagged at me now since I’ve written this book. Even though most of the readers of this genre are women, men have proven themselves to be extremely talented in this field. Take Sylvain Reynard, for example. Ask anyone who has read any of his Gabriel books and most likely they’ll rave about how wonderful they were. And then you have Nicholas Sparks. Although he doesn’t consider himself a romance author, he is hugely popular. Sparks prefers to be known as one who pens love stories. Nonetheless, the two of them arguably write excellent romance for even the toughest critic.
So my mind still wonders and I can only assume it is fear that holds men back, much like it was fear that kept Ryland Thomas from revealing his true identity to his readers. So I’ll throw this question out to you, the readers. What do you think? Why do we not have more men writing in this genre?
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