At the Romantic Times convention, we spoke with Jade Lee, author of exotic erotic romances (she also writes light, funny romance titles under the name of Kathy Lyons). I asked her which was a greater help to her in developing her career: her schooling, or going to conferences such as the convention at which I was interviewing her. She said that school and conferences served two different purposes. She went to USC for screenwriting, which taught her the craft of writing, and she found these skills in timing, plotting, and action to be highly applicable in writing romance. But breaking into the business was another story. She began writing romance for two reasons: she loved to read it, and she had the notion that is would be more difficult for her to break into other mediums such as film or other genres such as sci-fi and fantasy.
At this year's Romantic Times convention, I interviewed the New York Times Bestselling romance and mystery author Jennifer Ashley, who's published over 30 books. Romance readers, in particular, are especially voracious, and it's a challenge for writers to keep up with their demand (they easily can want to read up to four novels per year by the same author!) I asked her if she had any writing ideas which have helped to become so prolific.