Barbara, Barbara, Barbara

This month’s Romantic Times has a brief note on Barbara Delinsky. Specifically, RT references an interview Delinsky gave to the Boston Globe about her nonfiction book Uplift. During that interview, Delinsky declined to talk about her romance writing days. Being the nosy type, I went in search of the Globe article (it’s not the first story, so keep reading). Here’s what the article says:

Delinsky prefers not to talk about her earlier work, and gives a rueful grin as she explains that she hasn’t written a romance novel in 15 years.

“I’d named my first book `Hills of Eden’ and they re-titled it `The Passionate Touch,’ which to this day I still gag on,” she said. “It took me a while to realize that I could say `No, I won’t have that.’ “

RT suggested the nonfiction book was new. It actually dates back to 2003, but the interview is from October ’06. What I don’t get about this is Delinsky now writes what I’d call women’s fiction. It’s an offshoot of romance. She got her start in romance. She built her fan base in romance. I’m thinking a good portion of those fans followed her to her present work. So, why not just say: “I started in romance and now write XXX.” Is there really a need to separate herself from her early writing by refusing to talk about it? This disavow thing is confusing to me. Seems unnecessary.

Having said all that, Uplift is a book about life after breast cancer. Delinsky is a survivor. Her mother had breast cancer. I read somewhere that both of her sisters had breast cancer. Delinsky donated the proceeds to breast cancer research. Kudos to Delinsky for that.

6 Responses to “Barbara, Barbara, Barbara”

  1. I agree with you. It sounds like she is embarrassed by her earlier writing. I have several of her later books in my TBR pile but haven’t gotten to them yet.

  2. I have read a lot of Delinsky books and the later books are much different than the earlier ones.

  3. She seems to have succumbed to the snobbery from outsiders when it comes to romance. I still have a Temptation book of hers called The Secret Of The Stone. I loved that book.

  4. I dont know why she should be embarrased – I loved her earlier books better than what she writes now, not that I dont like them too but not as much. Three Wishes and the Dream books were fantastic as well as the matchmaker series.

    Same goes for Linda Howard and Sandra Brown. I got a friend hooked of Barbara’s older books.

  5. That’s a shame that she should look back on those earlier books with shame or embarrassment. I believe that’s how she started her fan following – too bad she doesn’t appreciate it more.

    I do admire her current project and her plans for the proceeds. At least she has some redeeming qualities *g*

  6. […] In an interview with the Globe, Barbara Delinsky disavows her romance writing past, refusing to discuss it with the interviewer. Nice. Am adding her to the list of Authors Behaving Badly. Come on, Delinsky, you built your career on romance readers. At least acknowledge that they exist. Via HelenKay Dimon’s blog. […]

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