Jen Yates

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Is Pop-Fiction Serious Literature?
I met a woman recently who is writing a Psychological Self-help book. It seemed a worthy and intellectual endeavor. I write Sexy Romance set in the Regency era and it felt frivolous by comparison

At the Romance Writers of NZ Conference 2017, keynote speaker, Christie Craig (aka C.C.Hunter), reminded us no matter who you are, rich or poor, lord or peasant, man or woman, president or criminal, when you are on your deathbed the only thing that will matter is love; those you love and who love you.

Romance novels are an endless source of love and relationship Self-help. Sexy romance novels are an entertaining and natural way to learn about sexual technique - within a loving relationship.

My characters often seem to have sexual issues to overcome and since a romance novel must come to a happy and satisfactory conclusion, these issues must be resolved by the end of the book. Therefore, reading the books may help people with similar issues and give them hope.

I do believe I write 'Psychological Self-help books.' In an entertaining way!

Flax in Flower, Wainui Reserve, Raglan, New Zealand
Flax in Flower, Wainui Reserve, Raglan, New Zealand

I live in that 'God's Own Paradise', New Zealand, with my husband of nearly 40 years..

Born and bred here, I would not want to live anywhere else. However, with ancestors hailing from Cornwall and Devon in particular, England is definitely in my blood.

And Regency England has a strong feeling of familiarity. So while I was teaching full time, I wrote Contemporary Romance set in rural New Zealand. Retirement meant much more freedom to research and I was able to indulge my passion for the Regency fostered by my long love affair with Regency classics, Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.

So now I write Regency Romance - with a little spice added.

Jen's Writing Awards
Jen's Writing Awards

  • Strictly Single Finalist 2006
  • Clendon Award Highly Commended 2009
  • Clendon Award Commended 2009
  • Clendon Award Highly Commended 2010
  • Clendon Award Finalist 2011


More than ever I am grateful to have been born in New Zealand. Our government handled the crisis of 2020 with a firm and caring hand. I hope and pray our world returns to normal soon. What have we learned from this time? I have learned life is precious, that our own backyard is as beautiful as anywhere in the world, and that a positive and caring attitude is everything. 


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