Love And The Written Word

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An interesting interview with Ian McEwan regarding love and writing it successfully in literature. As a romance writer myself I don’t agree with a few of the statements he makes, but can see the point he drives at for the literary fiction section of the bookstore.

Born in London, England, Alexandra Lynwood has since spread her wings and lived out her own romance novel. Now based in Boston, she lives with her supportive and wonderful American husband of three years.

Alex hasn't looked back since reading 'Something Wonderful' by Judith McNaught at the age of 14, so it's no surprise she writes romance novels for a living. Her debut story, Forsaken is a Regency erotica that introduces a number of the characters that you'll be seeing in the subsequent books of the Masquerading at Midnight series.
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  • Jesse Pearle

    Forgive me for latching onto one of his very early comments.

    One of my favorite relationships in literature is the progress of the relationship between Levin and Kitty. I think it’s unfortunate that theirs wasn’t the focus of the novel, but the one between Anna and Vronsky was instead. The most beautiful, inspiring love stories are the ones that just make sense, that no one feels compelled to throw themselves under a train to escape, but that do have adversity and characters willing to face up to it to make the relationship work. That’s the story romance aspires to, I think.

    • Alexandra Lynwood

      It’s interesting that you raise that point. I was reading the Smart Bitches Trashy Books RSS feed yesterday and noticed an article that discussed the preponderance of unhealthy relationships in romance.

      Surprisingly it’s hard to find good romance novels where both parties are just… healthy mentally and emotionally. No daddy issues, no great trauma in the past etc. I found it interesting that the pendulum has begun to swing the other way on this. If I were to be honest I’m not sure how compelling the reading would be in a book like the one she describes in her review but it’s certainly interesting to ponder.