Executive Editor Morrow/Avon
Have a look at the Proust Questionnaire, I thought it might also be more fun for me to tell you:
Six random things about myself
1) I can’t swim. I sink like a stone! However, I’m curiously unafraid of the water.
2) I didn’t get a driving license until I was over 30. I’m sure New York State regrets giving in to my tears the 4th time I took the road test.
3) However, I learned to read when I had just turned 4.
4) I once met George Hamilton. He is very tan.
5) Nine times out of ten I can identify a movie shown on TCM in less than five seconds.
6) No one in my family will talk on the phone during a thunderstorm. In fact, it’s legitimate to sign off by saying “Can’t talk now! I hear thunder.”
Here are some answers to that questionnaire:
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be stuck on an airplane next to someone unpleasant
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
A lifelong beachside vacation
Who are your favorite writers?
I prefer all Brontes over Austen. Dorothy Parker. I’ve read every Luanne Rice book there is.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
I prefer Jane Eyre over all others.
Today’s questions of the day
I have a fairly broad list –historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and general women’s fiction--but one thing I don’t gravitate towards is paranormal romance.
If I receive a vampire/time-travel/name it romance, I generally pass it along to one of the editors who I know loves them.
This sets me wondering, why are these books so popular? I have my theories, not the least of which is a belief that romance, in general, was becoming too politically correct. The sense of a woman being emotionally, and sometimes physically, overcome by her passion for the hero was becoming too dangerous for writers to touch. In paranormal, especially in vampire romance, the heroine has a built-in excuse, “Hey, I couldn’t help myself. After all, he’s a vampire!” (I also think the p.c. trend has contributed to the rise of erotica, but that’s for another post.)
What do you all think?