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Colleen Hoover, the Unromantic Romantic

Colleen Hoover self-published her first book Slammed, which became Amazon and New York Times bestsellers. Eventually, the book got picked up by Simon & Schuster. The movie rights were sold. She wrote more bestselling books.

Great story, right? This is where it gets better. Reading her blog, I noticed this under "About Me":

"19) I’m very unemotional and I’m not a romantic at all. So the fact that I write romance novels that make a lot of people cry is really strange."

Unexpected, but interesting. I read on ...

"12) I had never read a romance novel before writing SLAMMED. I pretty much stuck to true crime non-fiction and biographies before then. "

Blew. Me. Away.

Never read a romance novel? The conventional wisdom in fiction writing is you have to read a lot, especially in your genre.

For most writers, it's probably a good idea to read a lot in your genre. You can learn about what makes for a good read or a bad read, what sells, what's been (overl…