The Birth of a Romance Author

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Written by Alina Adams.  Alina is a first-time Jewrotica writer and the author of New York Times’ Bestseller Oakdale Confidential.

Rated PGHaving grown up in a non-Christian, non-American home (I was born in the former USSR), I never quite internalized the whole Puritan, repressed anti-sex attitude that still periodically sweeps through the US on occasion.  Not only were my parents European, but my dad is also a biochemist (read about his unconventional views here).  We discussed human reproduction with the same openness (and at times boredom) as any scientific process.

Growing up with parents unfamiliar with American culture came with other perks. I was watching soap operas at 10 (the summer Luke raped Laura, no less), and reading trashy-but-amazing potboilers like Master of the Game, Mistral’s Daughter and Hollywood Wives by age 13.  (Not to mention that classic of Jewish-American literature, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in NYC.)  Every single tome was infinitely educational.  In fact, when my husband and I first started dating and he asked where I had learned a maneuver he particularly enjoyed, I referred him, only half-jokingly, to the collected works of Mr. Sidney Sheldon, one of the great and inspiring novelists of our time.

Naturally, with a wasted youth like that, there was only thing I could grow up to be: A soap and romance writer.  (Well, there are some mystery novels in there, too, but, as in real life, my characters’ shady motives are very often sexual.)  However, I am well aware that pretty much everyone believes mass market popular fiction to hold absolutely no redeeming value–which makes you wonder how it got to be so popular in the first place.

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Alina Adams is the NYT best-selling author of soap opera tie-ins, romance novels and figure skating murder mysteries. She was born in the former USSR, grew up in San Francisco, and now lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
  • http://www.facebook.com/AmyBethO Ayo Oppenheimer

    For 2,000 years, we’ve been a hyper-analytical people of interpretation, re-interpretation and commentary.

    Way to make “people of the book” your own, Alina. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Tefox Tamar Fox

    I can’t tell you how much I learned from reading romance novels as a pre-teen and teenager. That said, some of what I learned was about as realistic as porn. So, there’s that.

  • Banana

    I havent read that many romance novels but I sure have enjoyed fabulous illustrations growing up. Also, it’s very true that U.S. is one of very few places where sex is viewed negatively. Overseas it is not so. You would think by this day and age some of the Puritan notions would be dissolved but not so. I find that the public in the America craves the government to tell them what should/shouldn’t be watched, read, done…

  • Anonymous Internet Commenter

    Romance novels are the bomb! I’m still waiting for my roguish pirate to steal my heart and my virtue!

  • Alina Adams

    Alas, I could never get into the pirate thing. It is my sincere opinion that nothing romantic ever happened prior to the invention of indoor plumbing. Thanks, everyone, for the comments!

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