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Why the Romance Genre is Important

Romance is a genre predominantly written by and for women, where women’s desires, experiences, and rich inner lives have been given a space of value. These books can be fun, smart and savvy, and are increasingly inclusive, and for some, a guaranteed good time. In this writers panel, we talk to three romance writers who can tell us how reading romance means we’re reading about adult women with adult concerns, like raising children, careers and jobs, and of course love and courtship.

Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday is a USA Today-bestselling author whose books have been featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, and Buzzfeed. She grew up in Minnesota and started writing at age nine when her fourth-grade teacher gave her a notebook to fill with stories. When she’s not working on her next book, she likes to hang out with her family, watch other people sing karaoke, and throw theme parties. A member of the House of Slytherin, Jenny lives in London, Ontario, Canada.

Check out her books here: https://www.jennyholiday.com/

Farah Heron

Heron is a critically acclaimed author of romantic comedies for adults and young adults filled with huge South Asian families, delectable food, and most importantly, brown people falling stupidly in love.

Farah’s debut, The Chai Factor was named one of the summer’s best books by The Globe and Mail, and was praised in Book Riot, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Bustle and more. Her next release, Accidentally Engaged, was listed as a best book of 2021 in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, NPR, CBC Books, Kobo, and more. Her young adult debut, Tahira in Bloom, was recently released, and was praised as one of the best rom-coms of the year by USA today. 

She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, and a rabbit named Strawberry. She recently adopted two cats, who are now in charge.

See more about her here: https://farahheron.com/

Molly O’Keefe

Molly O’Keefe is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 50 romance novels. She also writes bestselling women’s fiction under the name Molly Fader. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids and rescue dog. 

Learn more about her here: https://www.molly-okeefe.com/

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