Claudia Connell's ludicrous Daily Mail article. Love or hate the Daily Mail, it's got a pretty damn big readership, and my heart grieves at the idea that thousands of people across Britain--and thanks to the Daily Mail's website, the world--can have another little chuckle at those sad old ladies who think they're Barbara Cartland.
Well, no more! It's time to take back the night! Er...I mean, to take back the novel! I know so many romantic novelists who are beautiful, bright, stylish and vibrant no matter their age. Let's show the world how fabulous we are.
Post a picture of your gorgeous, romance-writing self on your blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, wherever you like. Tag your Tweets #thisiswhataromanticnovelistlookslike, head your Facebook updates and blog posts This is what a Romantic Novelist Looks Like. And should the mood so take you, go and tell the Daily Mail what a load of old codswallop they've perpetuated. Again.
Let's show the world who we really are, and banish that trite old cliché of old women in pink eating bonbons and writing about sardonic men named Sir Thrusting Hardhammer, seducing feisty maidens named Reighbeaux de Maidenly.
Go on. I dare you!