In the crowded lists of historical romances, bestselling novelist Madeline Hunter has carved an enviable niche. She’s been a publisher’s dream, writing 15 novels in seven years. Careful with historical details as well as prose, she’s been recognized in as many years by the Romance Writers of America’s RITA nominations for excellence in fiction, the highest honor in romance.
We are pleased to bring you part two of our interview with Madeline. (If you’ve missed Part One of our interview with Madeline, click HERE.)
Q: You’ve been honored by your peers in the Romance Writers of America with five RITA-finalist honors, and a RITA win. What was it like to be honored by your peers, and do you feel more pressure because of it?
MH: The contests are really about themselves, not a writer’s ultimate worth. I know of many excellent writers who have not won or been finalists. However, having won I don’t get so nervous if I am a finalist now. As for winning, it was an astonishing experience. I have never been that stunned before. I babbled a bit once I got on stage, then somehow pulled myself together. It was fun and exciting to be so surprised and so shocked.
Q: Romance has garnered the biggest market share in genre fiction, yet it gets the least respect in popular and literary culture. Do you have any thoughts on why that is? Do you find this prejudice changing?