Australian author Sandra Antonelli has always been an advocate for older protagonists in romance fiction. So when I had a chance to chat with her at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference last year, it was the perfect opportunity to explore the idea of older heroes and heroines — why are they so hard to find in romance, and what sorts of biases do we have when we think of characters over 40 in romance? If you’re a reader looking for these kinds of books, Sandra also recommends some communities, books and authors that you might enjoy.
I tweeted last week that we might have to go back to monthly podcasts because Rudi and I have been unbelievably busy these past couple of months. But I think we’ve caught up, and we’ll be staying on a fortnightly schedule for the foreseeable future. We just finished recording a wrap-up of the 2017 Australian Romance Readers Convention, which segues into a bunch of other topics. You know what it’s like when we’re in a studio together! :)
- BT | Amz — A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli
- Coming in 2018 — Full Court Press by Maggie Wells
- BT | Amz | Aud — The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long
- BT | Amz | Aud — Trust Me On This by Jennifer Crusie
- BT | Amz | Aud — Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie
- BT | Amz | Aud — Fifty Bales of Hay by Rachael Treasure
- BT | Amz | Aud — Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James
- BT | Amz — Next To You by Sandra Antonelli
- BT | Amz — Late Fall by Noelle Adams
- Cougars, Grannies, Evil stepmothers, and Menopausal hot flashers : Roles, Representations of Age and the Non-traditional Romance Heroine — Sandra’s PhD thesis on the portrayal of older heroines in romance fiction
- Mature Content Stockpile — Sandra’s collection of essays and articles on mature age romance
- Seasoned Romance — A Facebook group for readers looking for characters over 30
- @VaVeros — My librarian!
- Chewbacca and Han Solo fan fiction — One of many, many sources online