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I e-met Jenna Petersen when she kindly helped me (and her publisher HarperCollins/Avon, publicize some GuestBlogs over at AvonAuthors.com. Plus, she's kind of our unoffial Avon hostess here at RBtheBlog. But what you need to know most about Jenna -- aside from the fact that she's really nice -- is she writes great romances, the kinds of historicals we talk about here all the time.
Oh! If you love writing, you need to visit Jenna's site for writers, www.PassionatePen.com , which receives 200,000 page views a month! So, after you've wished Jenna a warm Bella buongiorno and chatted a while here, you'll wanna go read one of her novels...
There are two kinds of romance writers (okay, there are hundreds of KINDS, but we’ll just stick with two for the purpose of discussion). Hero writers and Heroine writers. Hero writers are the ones who make us drool over their men like nobody’s business. They heal them and drive them and by the end, you really want them to be happy. Heroine writers more often give us the kind of heroines we all wish we could be.
I always thought of myself more of a Hero writer. In my books I wrote before being published and in my debut, SCANDALOUS, my storylines seemed to grow more naturally from my heroes. I loved to break them, then heal them. I loved to make them slog and work and grow in order to have their happy ending. They were my men and I loved writing every single one of them.
And then I got this little idea for a new series. Picture it: Charlie’s Angels… but in Empire Waists. And suddenly, I became a Heroine writer. It wasn’t that my series doesn’t have yummy men. They were there, too, with all their broken spirits and rakish charms. But really, these books were about my girls.
And none more so than Anastasia Whittig, the heroine of my January book, DESIRE NEVER DIES. I started with a shy, intelligent woman who is happier breaking codes and inventing items for her sister spies. Then I threw her into every situation I could that would shake her, mold her and change her. And you know what? I loved every moment. I loved how her own desires shocked her. I loved how falling in love shook her to her very core. And I loved how she started to see her own strength through her hero Lucas’s eyes.
So, readers I ask you, is it all about the hero for you or the heroine? Or does it depend on the book? The author? Who do you think writes the best ‘hero’ books and the best ‘heroine’ books? Any favorites from either category?
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