Joining me today in The Loft is author Gretchen Lovett. Gretchen writes in a broad range of genres, including romance, as an author, freelance writer, and ghostwriter. Previously a secretary for a large nonprofit organization, after the COVID lockdowns Gretchen decided to stay home and write full-time. The author of seven contemporary romance novels, she has also ghostwritten 21 romance novels for other clients and six nonfiction titles on subjects ranging parenting to healthcare. She is the mother of two sons, both of whom are getting ready to leave the nest. She says they are not allowed to read her books, nor are they interested.
S: Good morning, Gretchen! Thanks for joining me today!
How has romance changed in your lifetime?
G: When I was a child, my mom and her sisters traded paperback romance novels every time they got together. When I was first introduced to the genre, I read historical romance, but now I only write contemporary romance. I am fascinated by the rise of the billionaire trope, but I think it’s almost exactly the same as the titled gentlemen in historical romance, only now we have businessmen instead of Dukes.
S: Similar plots, just different characters.
What do people get wrong about publishing a book?
G: I think a lot of people imagine that it’s a difficult process. It’s not. It’s fairly simple and I do believe anyone can do it.
S: Do you write in genres other than romance?
G: I actually have two collections of interviews published under a different name. I’m drawn to nonfiction because I like little stories. Even though a lot of novels focus on the rich and powerful, I prefer every day humans in my work.
S: Not everyone is destined to focus just on romance. There are so many genres out there. Why not explore other types of stories?
If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to write books?G: Yes!