Today I’m speaking with editor, writer, and podcaster Amanda Jean about aro and ace-spectrum romance, and the expectations of romance from aro and ace-spectrum readers. She discusses acquiring titles for a romance press that foster and include good representation. And she discusses the structure of romance fiction, too: What does a romantic story and a happily ever after look like or feel like when representing aro- or ace-spectrum people?
We also discuss:
The challenges of reaching readers in print markets
The importance of representation of varied sexual identities for readers
And we also talk about the various ways we learn to recognize pieces of ourselves, and the powerful relief that comes with understanding who and how you are.Podcast
And we have SO MANY RECOMMENDATIONS if you’re looking for aro/ace romance stories. OH, so many. I’m sorry in advance to your wallet and your TBR.
Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:
You can find Amanda Jean:
- On her website, AmandaJeanEdits.com
- On Twitter @AmandaHJean
- On her podcast, The Red Pen Podcast (On Twitter @RedPenPod)
- And her former podcast, The Hopeless Romantic
And heads up for resources – Amanda Jean sent many brilliant links for aroace spectrum recommendations:
- Corey’s Book Corner: Recs for A-Spec Representation in Contemporary Romance
- Twin Cities Geek: 21 Books with Ace and Aro Characters…
- A GoodReads list of AroAce titles
- Jami Gold’s Beat Sheet
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