Tag Archives: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

third-wave romance

according to the people who like to talk, coffee culture is up to its third wave. So in a completely unrelated aside, I decided that I have a theory about romance writing, and where it’s up to. (I’m obliged to … Continue reading

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intimacy

years ago a friend made a throwaway comment to me, that she thought having an orgasm was one of the loneliest moments in life. The book I just read made me think about this some more, because a very tender … Continue reading

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i like you, i like you not

The most frequent comment I get from my writing teacher is, “Aren’t romance heroines supposed to be sympathetic?” It’s a hard thing to nut out, because, on the one hand, yes. But I do so love a bitchy/cold/unpleasant heroine who … Continue reading

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motivation

A while back I wrote a post about the way Susan Elizabeth Phillips is right up front with her characters’ motivations. You meet a character and you learn very quickly what’s happened in their past to make them the way … Continue reading

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what I’ve learnt about writing (and life, probably) from reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Part lll

Love insinuates its way into your life, and you only recognise it for what it is when it’s suddenly not there anymore. SEP has a particular kind of hero/heroine relationship that goes as follows: hero is super attractive, has more … Continue reading

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what i’ve learnt about writing (and life, probably) from reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Part II

YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE YOUR PAST! I love the way SEP is totally candid about the link between her characters’ childhoods and the adults they’ve become. As I see it, there are two parts to how she does this: 1) … Continue reading

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what i’ve learnt about writing (and life, probably) from reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips: part I

I think Marian Keyes is probably my favourite contemporary romance writer, but as far as romance romance writers go, Susan Elizabeth Phillips wins hands down. I’ve been reading  a lot of her recently. And watching NBA matches on the telly. … Continue reading

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