Historical romance novelist Jo Beverley has set a high bar for writers in the romance genre to emulate. Prolific to the point of incredible, she’s the recipient of five RITA awards and is a member of the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Known for her scorching love scenes and compelling characters, Beverley’s legion of fans gobble her books up as soon as they hit the stores. One of the characters in her popular Malloren series, the Marquis of Rothgar, has an enormous fan base, garnering her another RITA for his story in DEVILISH.
It’s a solid career any writer would envy. But Beverley doesn’t rest on her laurels. She keeps pushing the boundaries and writing books that keep surprising her fans.
We are so pleased to present part two of our two-part interview with Jo Beverley (missed part one? Click HERE).
Q: You’re known as someone who has broken boundaries in the genre. Did you ever have an editor tell you to dial something back, or ask you for a re-write? What do you think about writers making safer choices because they may be fearful of the marketplace?
JB: I’ve been very fortunate in my editors. The only rewrite I can remember is when I self-censored myself at the last minute, thinking the book too dark. That was Lord of Midnight, a medieval. My editor came right back to say she felt there were huge problems with it. I’d come to my senses by then and sent her the original version, which she loved.