This Week in Indie Publishing

Some indie news items from my author blog site.

Author Don Massenzio

The Changing Face of Romance Novels

“I wanted to share the perspective of an autistic woman, because I don’t think that’s a perspective you see very much,” said the romance novelist Helen Hoang.CreditAdam Amengual for The New York Times

Growing up in Minnesota, Helen Hoang suffered from crippling social anxiety and struggled to make friends. She found refuge in romance novels, frothy stories that allowed her to experience intense feelings that were clearly spelled out on the page, always with the promise of a happy ending. “It was like I found a pure, undiluted drug,” she said.

Many years later, as a mother of two in her 30s, Ms. Hoang began researching autism and realized that she’s on the spectrum, a condition that makes it difficult for her to hold casual conversations, read emotional cues, have an office job and meet new people. She once again turned to…

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