When I heard that the 2018 IASPR conference was going to be in Sydney, and the theme would focus on location, one of the first people I messaged was Jennifer Hallock. She writes the Sugar Sun series, set in the Philippines when it was a colony of the USA. She gave an amazing presentation at IASPR on the ways in which historical romance books are “selectively accurate”. You can find her paper on her blog, which I’ve linked to below. I had some amazing conversations with Jen and #romanceclass author Mina V. Esguerra while they were in Sydney, and they’ve made me think a lot about the way I read, the way I select books, and how I’ve made room (or not) for diverse voices in my reading process. I hope you find this interview as fascinating as I did.
Jen is crowdsourcing a couple of Goodreads lists around diverse historical romance: Historical romance with unusual settings and Historical romance with political, economic, and/or social conflict. Feel free to contribute titles to these lists!
Huge thanks to @WriterGal and @jennellens for tweeting their appreciation of the podcast. We appreciate it so much! And I forgot to include a correction in the intro, but I erroneously called a Sherry Thomas novel as My Darling Enemy. The actual title of the book is My Beautiful Enemy, and the link is included below.
Jennifer Hallock — History teacher and scholar, and author of historical romances set in the Philippines during the period of American occupation: @jen_hallock; Instagram; Facebook; jenniferhallock.com
Had to chase after @jen_hallock to get this one photo proving that we met each other! She and @minavesguerra have been my daily buddies for the past week, and it has been a constant exchange of ideas with occasional moments of gluttony. 😂 If you haven’t read Jen’s Sugar Sun series, I recommend it. We also recorded a podcast, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
- BD | BT | Amz | Aud — North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- BD | BT | Amz — Hotel Oriente by Jennifer Hallock [ review ]
- BD | BT | Amz — Under the Sugar Sun by Jennifer Hallock [ review ]
- BD | BT | Amz | Aud — Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Release date TBC — Sugar Moon by Jennifer Hallock [ teasers ]
- BD | BT | Amz — Loyal League series by Alyssa Cole
- BD | BT | Amz | Aud — Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins
- BD | BT | Amz | Aud — A Seditious Affair by K.J. Charles
- BD | BT | Amz | Aud — The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne
- BD | BT | Amz — The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin
- BD | BT | Amz — The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
- BD | BT | Amz | Aud — Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
- BD | BT | Amz | Aud — My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas [ review ]
- IASPR (International Association for the Study of Popular Romance) — Teach Me Tonight has a summary of the livetweets from the 2018 Sydney conference
- History Ever After: Fabricated historical chronotopes in romance genre fiction — Part 1 & Part 2
- The Supersizers Go…Regency — BBC (see YouTube video below)
- American Heritage Collection — Ateneo de Manila University Library
- Amazon | ABC AU — Country House Rescue (TV)
- Amazon | iTunes — Queen Sugar (TV) — Click here for the live tweets of Jacqueline Jones’s IASPR paper
- The Balangiga Incident: Overview and Update on the Campaign for the Return of the Bells of Balangiga by Prof. Rolando O. Borrinaga