Posted on 02/11/2021 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Any author who can boast of popular and profitable books has put years (decades, maybe) of hard work and persistence into that glory. 

But some have faced extra hurdles to attaining that goal.

Take Beverly Jenkins, author of some forty romance novels, including the new release, Wild Rain (currently the top new release in historical fiction, as of the writing of this post).

When she began shopping her novel Night Song, a historical romance starring Black lovers, publishers were confused — weren’t the hero and heroine supposed to be slaves, not a soldier and a teacher?

Jenkins went on to prove that misconception — and many others — wrong, and she told NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates that she’s optimistic that the perception of romance in general will continue to improve.

You can read more about Jenkins’s career or listen to her discuss it on Code Switch. 

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