Read the chatscript from Maya Rodale’s February 8, 2015 #LitChat session here.Maya Rodale

In addition to more than a dozen romance novels, Maya Rodale is author of Dangerous Books For Girls, a soon-to-be-published examination of the reputation of romance novels. Long before the clinch covers and the bodice ripping,  romance novels have had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But in fact, romance novels—the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women—might be some of the most revolutionary writing ever produced.

Dangerous-Books-For-GirlsWritten by women and for women, romance novels are page turning stories laced with empowering messages for women that the Status Quo would rather not have women reading. In spite of efforts to stop this scourge of novel reading—everything from taxes to snark—romance novels have become a billion dollar industry. Yet exactly what makes them so successful have also contributed to their bad reputation.

Maya began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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