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Q&A

Q&A With New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid! | DR. STRANGE BEARD

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Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes! I read as much as time allows. I love David Sedaris and read everything he writes.

In the romance genre, I adore Lisa Kleypas and Amy Harmon, and actually had a super awkward interaction with Amy Harmon the first time I met her. She walked onto a hotel elevator in the middle of the night (had just flown in for a signing) and I was on the elevator (having just returned from dinner). I saw her, gasped, pointed, and said, “Oh my God. You’re Amy Harmon. I don’t know where to look.” Because, really, where does one look after saying such a thing? It’s the only time in my entire life I’ve every fangirled to such an extent.

The closest I’d come prior was when I met Francis Collins (former head of the NIH and Human Genome Project). I shook his hand but couldn’t seem to form words.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

Early chapters are started on my Freewrite (which is an e-ink typewriter). I love it. No distractions, no self-editing, just words on the page. I then transfer the file to Word and edit on a laptop. Once I’m 3-4 chapters in, the rest is usually done on my laptop.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Oh jeez, so incredibly important. My readers are nerds (which is fabulous), but it means that they’ll let me know if I miss a detail or make an error. Not just that, but when the author pays appropriate attention to the details and minutia of a subject, it allows the overall story to feel more authentic. And, therefore, readers are better able to suspend disbelief and submerge themselves completely in a book.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Writing is like exercising, or eating well, or knitting. It’s the antithesis of instant gratification. One must write (or exercise, or eat well, or knit) every day in order to see progress. The most difficult part for me is trusting that, eventually, writing every day will actually yield a finished product. Even after 18 books, I still have doubts that I’ll actually finish my current work-in-progress.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

Dialogue. Oftentimes, when I don’t know where to start a scene, I start with a conversation. For better or worse, I’ve become quite adept at carrying on conversation with the voices in my head.

What makes the Romance genre so special?

To my knowledge, romance is the only genre where happiness and fulfillment are celebrated.


Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Aural Pleasures

Songs for Romance Fans, Edited by an Editor

I never used to be a music listener when I was writing or editing. Give me silence or the innocuous buzz of conversation at a coffee shop, but music always distracted me. Until I met a greater distraction: the open-plan office.

I edit Romance and YA over at Diversion Books, big sister of EverAfter. Our office is awesome, but it’s also completely open, so I often need to plug into headphones to avoid getting sidetracked by phone calls, meetings, or constant debates on the best flavor of La Croix. Here’s a sampling of the songs I like to edit Romance to. Hopefully they can inspire you music-listening writers out there, or at the very least provide an outlet for anyone trying to work on sexy scenes while surrounded by coworkers.


Spinners by The Hold Steady

This song reminds me of the way a lot of romances start: with characters who feel lost, who are moving through unsatisfying relationships, who may be trying to escape something. It’s emotional but upbeat, and makes for superb writing or editing music.

Recommended for: Those moments at the beginning before our protagonists have met.

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Top 5 Reasons to Read a Romance from Harper St. George, Amanda Heger, and Tara Wyatt

In celebration of Read a Romance month, we couldn’t pass up the chance to talk about our favorite genre. From the sexy heroes to the fierce attraction that can leap off the page when the hero and heroine first meet, there are so many reasons to love reading romance. We’ve pulled together our top five reasons to read a romance this summer (or all year!)


1. Attraction – That intense chemistry when the main characters first meet is a trademark of romance. Whether it’s love at first sight or the hero and heroine hate each other from the start, that flame builds to an all-consuming wildfire by the end of the story. Each couple will have their own unique brand of chemistry.

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2. Sexy heroes – We already mentioned this one, but the heroes in romance are so sexy it’s a subject worth delving into. Whether they’re billionaires, Navy SEALS, small town sheriffs, or Wild West outlaws, the heroes in romance are strong, capable, and know how to get things done. No hero represents these qualities better than the blue collar hero. Rachel, the heroine from Revved in our anthology, gets a taste of that when she first meets the hero.

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Happy Read a Romance Month!

Happy Read a Romance Month, one and all! Which is basically every day for us, but who cares?! Let us know how you all plan on celebrating!

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I think we’ve got it covered.

(Get it, “covered”? We’re hilarious. Also, a camera cannot capture some of that pure 90s holographic lettering magic and we’re devastated. )

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