The pre-order for my upcoming non-fiction release, THE ROMANCE NOVEL FORMULA, your new romance writing guidebook that can take you from idea to first draft, is now live! You can grab your copy here. THE ROMANCE NOVEL FORMULA releases on 7th December 2021.
EXCITING NEWS FOR ROMANCE WRITERS AND ACADEMICS!
My PhD research has identified a new subgenre of romance which will be known as Post-Trauma Romance. This identification has possible implications for romance, literary, trauma, psychoanalytic, and gender theory. I am delighted to be at the forefront of research in this field and look forward to the development of this subgenre and its associated theories.
This leads to the question: what is post-trauma romance?
Here is the definition: a work of fiction that conveys a traumatic experience and the processes of recovery from the traumatic experience within a romantic narrative.
More specifically, to classify as a post-trauma romance story, it must contain the following four elements:
1. Feature a love story with a HEA (happily ever after) or HFN (happy for now) as a central element of the narrative
2. Feature at least one main love interest who has experienced trauma
3. Describe and/or explore the trauma, and its associated symptoms
4. Include a representation of post-trauma recovery attempts in the narrative
I am writing a post-trauma romance novel as part of my thesis. Throughout my PhD journey, I will continue to share my findings related to this new field.
At this time, I would like to extend a massive thank you to my supervisors, Dr Nicole and Dr Jan, as well as CQUniversity for their enthusiastic support of my research.
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