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“I’ve set books during the French Revolution, but those don’t sell,” she adds.
She says she knew she’d “made it” when her paperback covers shifted away from the traditional “clinch” — a man holding a swooning woman — to just the heroine herself.“I’ve sent my characters on road trips to fields of bluebonnets in Washington County, to the beach at Galveston, to the jazz clubs of New Orleans, but they always return to find love in my hometown.Houston is full of ideal backdrops for my characters, whether they’re baking empanadas in a shotgun house in the Sixth Ward, browsing a farmers market in the Heights, or watching Fourth of July fireworks from a Downtown skyscraper.” Again, for Greene, the local RWA chapters provided her with a community of like-minded writers to help with critiques, and with whom she could generally commune.The headquarters of the Romance Writers of America, the industry’s trade association, is here, and always has been. Today, romance encompasses all sorts of stories for all kinds of tastes.The group was founded in 1980, growing out of a group of writers who met at UH. “It’s not a ‘bodice ripper,’” says Erin Fry, editor and publications manager of RWA. This ranges from historical period pieces to paranormal stories, to thrillers and mysteries, and faith-based erotica.” There’s even an offbeat new subgenre featuring dinosaurs and dragons coupling with damsels, invented by Texas A&M coeds.