Today on her website, Lauren is talking about her Pink series and genre. It’s entertaining to see that, in its lifetime, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation has come full circle. When she first gave it to her agent, Lauren thought she had written a romance novel. Her publisher told her she had “invented historical chick lit,” then she was published and promoted in that nebulous world of “Fiction/Literature.” Years later, Lauren has people asking her if she knows her books are romance novels. I’m telling you, we just LOVE to label things.
The problem with calling Lauren’s books romance novels seems to stem from the fact that “Romance” as a genre is a really divisive topic. People tend to fall firmly into the “love it” or “hate it” camps and then stick their fingers in their ears in hum when someone from the opposing camp tries to talk to them. People can be so aggressive about judging books, and I know I’ve found myself feeling defensive when people who know I was an English teacher ask me what books I read for pleasure. How many of us have had that experience where we’re lost in a good book, minding our own business, and someone snaps us out of our reverie with an exclamation of “I can’t believe YOU are reading THAT.” Good grief. Lauren has had that experience herself as both an author and a reader. I am a firm believer that no one should be ashamed to read what they love. Call the Pinks whatever you want. I’ll just call them great books and say I’m really glad I found them (thanks again, Beth!).
If you’re interested, there is also an interview with Lauren from earlier this week available at Timeless Quills Historical Romance blog (which I’ve just realized I need to follow ASAP). In this interview, Lauren talks a bit about her two latest releases, her process, and some of her favorite things.
If you’d like to enter the giveaway for the Pink comics, just comment on that post before midnight EST tonight! I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Come back tomorrow and talk to me about The Secret History of the Pink Carnation – if you are keeping pace with me, I’ll be finished with chapter 31 by then. See you then!