If you missed any of our posts or events celebrating our 10th anniversary, or want to attend future events, check out our announcement post . Below is the transcript for the chat held on September 16th.
The transcript has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room as well as greetings and side discussions in the audience.
Hello and welcome! As advertised, the Organization for Transformative Works is running a series of chats during the month of September in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Today’s chat focuses on the Romance genre. A transcript will be made public later today. (If you haven’t seen it yet, check out last week’s chat with Lev Grossman!)
I’m your moderator, Claudia Rebaza, and I’m a staffer with the OTW’s Communications committee. We have some prepared questions for guests and then later we’ll be opening the floor to audience questions.
Today our guests are authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who write as Christina Lauren, and author and professor Catherine Roach. You can check out their bios by following the links on our announcement post.
Hi–my pleasure to be here! I’m in my office on campus at the University of Alabama, in Tuscallosa. It’s a “Game Day”–the football team plays later this afternoon. Out my window, the Quad is covered with crazed Crimson Tide Football fans. It’s fun to be looking at them and chatting about romance fandom!
Catherine, I always wanted an alternative path where I went to a big football school and got to enjoy that energy.
As Christina and Lauren share writing tasks and a name generally, they asked to just be identified in the singular here today to avoid duplicate answers. But we had a little trouble with them sharing the account so Lauren appears here as Christina L. and Christina appears as *christina.