- What is your romance origin story? (How you came to read your first romance novel): It all shared when I was in the womb listening to soap operas. Let me be serious. Soap operas lead me to fan fiction. Shoutout to Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless. Then I started writing and reading Grey’s Anatomy and Twilight fanfic. Ya girl was out here in middle school reading Master of the Universe (also known as Fifty Shades of Grey). Somewhere in all of that, I picked up my first romance with smut. Though looking back, a lot of the stories I read as a kid had romantic elements.
- If you could be the heroine in a romance novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?: The author would be Alyssa Cole hands down. I love her work. I would like to be a heroine living her best life outside of America(but keeping my Blue passport). And my trope would either be one bed or fake relationship. But I would really love the one-bed trope. Like you’re just off on a trip. Imagine being in another country, there’s no lodging let and you’re on your way to a conference. Gotta share a double bed, then boom Der sex (yes that’s German).
- What is a romance you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?: Heart on Hold by Charish Reid. It’s such a fun and mature and sexy romance. Who knew I needed academic romance in my life. I really loved both of her books but this one won by an inch.
- What is your favorite romance subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?: My top genres are contemporary, historical, and sports romances. I would love to read more paranormal and sci-fi romances because I’ve liked the ones I’ve read.
Who is one of your auto-buy romance authors?: I love, love, love Alyssa Cole. I don’t even do audiobooks, but I bought my first audiobook because of her talent. I have read all of her work up to date.
- How do you typically find romance recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..): Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram and group chats.
- What is an upcoming romance release you’re excited for?: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai which has an April 2020 release date. Read the first book in this series, The Right Swipe and absolutely loved it.
- What is one misconception about romance you would like to lay to rest?: That everything is smut and the plot lines are all the same. Yes, there are tropes but romance is not a monolithic genre. There is some for everyone. Some of my favorite romances have touched on issues such as ADHD, grief, and American history. If anything it’s the genre that mimics adulthood the most except you’re guaranteed a happy ending. The world is trash so take joy where you can good people.
- Who is the most recent romance reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?: I recently stumbled upon Deana Faye and enjoy her videos. She’s just come back from a break and is a small YouTuber, but she’s one of the few Black Brit booktubers I’ve found also focusing on romance. There are so many I’ve followed for a while and would like to shoutout, but I’ll follow the rules.
- If someone had never read a romance before and asked you to recommend the first 3 romances that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole, Rebel by Beverly Jenkins, and This I Promise You by Maureen Smith. We have some interracial contemporary, historical fiction with Black love, and contemporary Black love. Each tackles their on issues that are relevant and taught me something that wasn’t new sex positions.