Category: Writing Inspiration

Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance

By Megan Broderick, editorial assistant to Harlequin Special Edition and Harlequin Romantic Suspense As the editorial assistant for Special Edition, I see a lot of amazing small town romances chock full of quirky characters, cute bakeries and, of course, eligible bachelors. But every once in a while, a girl gets a hankering for something a…

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Top 10 Reasons to Feature Pets in Romance

by Carly Silver, Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense If you know me, you know I love pets. Dogs are (hu)man’s best friend; cats are loyal, if occasionally incomprehensible, companions; and who doesn’t love an unusual tale of a rabbit becoming a human’s BFF? Pets make great additions to romance novels, as well – but…

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Top Ten Reasons to (Still) Love Paranormal Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant to Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne Discussions around paranormal romance tend to be a bit polarized—but while these may not be the glory days, I still find myself a staunch defender of this category. Whether you still think it’s hot or not, there’s a reason paranormal romance once took the…

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Top Ten Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue I confess, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in September, but now that we’re firmly in December I’m all too happy to lose myself in holly boughs and twinkle lights without a lick of guilt! And what’s the season for but spreading…

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Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission?

Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission? I sent in my manuscript ten months ago and haven’t heard back. My critique partner received a response within a month. Just curious how this all works. –Vicki Dear Vicki, First of all, I’m sorry that you’ve been waiting ten months for a…

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Interview with…Eleanor Webster!

We’re delighted to introduce this talented Harlequin Historical author as she prepares for the launch of her latest Regency romance Married for His Convenience in December. Meet…Eleanor Webster! How did you get into writing? It started with Barbies…moved on to a grade 5 epic and evolved into a series of dramatic tales with rather too…

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Top Ten Reasons We Love Military Romances

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne Military romances have long been a popular category romance subgenre. From Harlequin Intrigue to Harlequin Superromance, you can find the brave and bold men and women of the armed forces.  So what is it that makes us fall for every Navy SEAL we meet?…

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Top Ten Benefits to Writing an Enemies-to-Lovers Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, not just to read about but to write as well.  If you’re looking to work out those writing muscles, this trope makes a great challenge and is just so much fun!  Let me tell you why… 1.…

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Interview with…Sherelle Green!

Sherelle Green is a Chicago native with a dynamic imagination and a passion for reading and writing. She enjoys composing emotionally driven stories that are steamy, edgy, and touch on real life issues. Her overall goal is to create relatable and fierce heroines who are flawed just like the strong and sexy heroes who fight so hard…

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Interview with…Yvonne Lindsay!

We’re delighted to interview this talented Harlequin Desire author whose book One Heir…or Two? is out in November. So without further ado, meet Yvonne Lindsay! In her own words, as a typical Piscean, USA Today best-selling author, Yvonne has always preferred the stories in her head to the real world (which makes sense since she…

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