Local romance author Jacqui Greig has released a Christmas anthology, just in time for Christmas. Titled Christmas At Kissing Point, this will be the third romance novel published by Jacqui, who first published in 2017 and is currently working on a four-novel series from her home in Forbes.
“I attended the 2019 Romance Writers of Australia conference and met some incredible writers. It is where I met the four authors that I teamed up with to publish this anthology,” said Jacqui.
“Romance remains the biggest selling genre for readers the world over, and little wonder as we all need to escape from reality from time to time,” she says. “It goes without saying that most of us can’t wait to put 2020 behind us. And what better way to wait for the year to end and ring in the festive season than with a fun, romantic book?”
Jacqui has a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism but, having always been tempted to embellish the facts of a story, decided she was more suited to writing works of fiction. She is proud to be a part of the romance genre, believing it has come a long way from the “bodice-rippers” of the 1980s.
“Romance writers nowadays tend to steer away from the reductive portrayals of women’s sexuality that you saw in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I’ve found the romance writing community to be an incredibly inclusive and supportive one, and also fiercely feminist. The feminism angle might be surprising, especially in light of the #metoo movement, but I think the romance community is great at saying ‘you know what? You can be a smart, independent woman, and still enjoy reading about a possessive hero’. Part of being an empowered female is having the confidence to like what you want to like. Romance is a genre that allows women to explicitly centre and explore their own pleasure.”
Christmas At Kissing Point is available as both a physical paperback and eBook.