Like a lot of women my age, I grew up on romance novels featuring beautiful heroines in dangerous situations, often in need of rescue. Enter the strong, handsome hero, but of course they hate each other at first, only they can't resist the natural attraction and end up living happily ever after. Well, after lots of plot twists and standard tropes that helped make these novels so popular.
Over the years, the heroines in popular fiction have come to be the rescuer as often as the rescuee, often solving their own problems, and this is a good thing. As our notions of modern romance have shifted and matured, popular novels have shifted and matured, too, but there's still a lot of fun, hijinks, and romantic love to be found in those books.
I teach a course on popular fiction at Middle Tennessee State University and I finished my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in January 2022. I'm also working on a series of my own in a small mountain town called Storm Point. I hope you'll take a minute and check out that page to learn more.
CONNECTING WITH CANDIE MOONSHOWER by Heather Parker
After working as a freelance writer and children’s writer for many years, Candie Moonshower entered academia and was immediately motivated to put her skills to use in another important venue. She teaches freshman and sophomore-level English courses and enjoys helping students get over their fear — and sometimes hatred — of writing. As an undergraduate at MTSU, Moonshower received The Richard C. and Virginia Peck Award, a Paul Martin Scholarship, and was named Honors Senior of the Year. In 2004, she sold her Master’s thesis, a novel for young people entitled The Legend of Zoey, to Random House. The Legend of Zoey, published in 2006, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, and it was named a Volunteer State Book Award nominee. Moonshower has since published a biography for the school library market and continues to work on novels for children, young adults and adults....