Novelist Jessica Hatch will show you how to use (and subvert) the genre's most popular tropes, decide between "closed door" or spicier love scenes, get your Nora Ephron on by infusing humor into your romance, and write in a way that is authentically you - while still appealing to the market.
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Writer’s Lab: Not Your Mama’s Romance Novels, on Saturday, February 17, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Pablo Creek Library. An audience Q&A + free-writing session are included, so bring all your burning editing + querying questions (and a notebook!).
Hatch is the author of two contemporary romance novels: My Big Fake Wedding and How to Keep a Husband for 10 Days. She has previously led Writer's Lab workshops at the Library (on editing) and has appeared in multiple Lit Chat Interviews (as either a featured author or interviewer).
Catch her on Tuesday, February 13, at 7 p.m. live at Southeast Library for a Galentine's Day chat with fellow romance author, Emily Rath.
Jessica Hatch has a passion for writing genre-blind, character-first fiction with a love of words and a strong beating heart. Her work has appeared in such publications as Writer’s Digest, The Millions, Fast Company, Neutral Spaces, and Surely Magazine, and she hosts the virtual reading series Comp Title Book Club. Her freshman and sophomore novels were published by Hachette UK’s Bookouture imprint, and her debut novel, My Big Fake Wedding, a Lonely Victories Book of 2022, appeared in the Top 50 women’s fiction and Top 100 romantic comedy titles on Amazon. Before becoming an author, Jessica worked and interned in New York trade publishing institutions Writers House and St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
- A brief history of the genre and its book covers
- GoodReads Best Romance Novels of 2023
- Books with aromantic heroes (as a counterpoint to open-door romance)
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