New Zealand is a land of many attributes, but Romance Central it is not. The tendency is to tuck away romance novels at the end of shelves like tails between legs. So imagine my surprise when I came across Chapter, an Auckland bookstore devoted entirely to romance novels, and I was glad to get the opportunity to interview Frances Loo, owner and founder of Chapter.
Like many of us, Frances was weaned on Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart, and branched off into Mills & Boons and Barbara Cartland before becoming a full-blown romance lover. During a sojourn in America she gloried in the large selection of single title romances, having been limited predominantly to series romances in New Zealand. So when Frances returned to New Zealand, she opened Chapter, a book café dedicated to single-title romances.