Pam Rosenthal – Erotica Meets Romance
(September 29, 2003)
“My everyday professional life is as a computer programmer. And there, people are astonishingly supportive of my romance writing and proud of me for doing it. I had a book signing at a Waldenbooks across the street from where I work – my colleagues came at lunch hour and bought every copy of Almost a Gentleman in the store.”
Almost a Gentleman, Pam Rosenthal’s first romance (which received DIK status at AAR), began life with the working title Mr. Knightley Meets Ms. Brummell, which should give you an idea of the author’s sensibility. A varied career as computer nerd, bookseller, essayist, and reviewer, she began her fiction-writing career as erotica writer Molly Weatherfield. Whether or not you enjoy erotic writing, I think you’ll agree that Pam Rosenthal’s background lends her a unique perspective into the area of romance writing.
Pam, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Well, I work as a computer programmer and Ive always been a passionate reader. Im a long-married middle-aged lady – my husbands a bookseller – and Im the mother of a terrific grown up son. I love cities: I was born in New York and have lived in San Francisco since the early 70s. Ive always wanted to write, and have done so, one and off, for much of my life. Unfortunately, for some years it was more “off” than “on,” but I feel blessed to report that in the last decade Ive begun steadily weighting the averages in favor of “on.”
Besides writing romance, Ive written erotica (as Molly Weatherfield), book reviews, and essays. If you Google me, Im also the Pam Rosenthal whos written and delivered presentations about cyberspace and cyberpunk science fiction (but Im not Pam Rosenthal the marathon runner, Pam Rosenthal the nurse, or Pam Rosenthal the home-schooling parent).
Are you a fan of the romance genre?
Before I thought of writing romances I hadnt read any for years. I do read them now, though – as part of a pretty broad mix: Im currently reading a new Brava, Standing in the Shadows, by Shannon McKenna, along with The Years, by Virginia Woolf. And I recently re-read (ahhhh) Desirée