11/21/2013: Romance: It’s No Laughing Matter

Why, and what, makes us laugh and what does this have to do with writing? In this workshop we’ll take a look at how and when to introduce comedy into romance to enhance the love story and conflict. We’ll take a brief tour of research on laughter and the brain, look at favorite comedic devices, and analyze some successful comic writing. Finally we’ll attempt to inject humor into a deadly serious scene by a writer who is dead and cannot complain.

Speaker: Janet Mullany

Janet Mullany grew up in England and has worked as an archaeologist, performing arts administrator, classical music radio announcer, bookseller, and editor, and unexpectedly became a writer eleven years ago. Her first book, DEDICATION (2005, rewritten for LooseId, 2011), was the only traditional Signet Regency with two bondage scenes and she continued to break conventions with her comic Regency chicklit book THE RULES OF GENTILITY (2007, HarperCollins and 2008, Little Black Dress, UK). She’s written three more Regency chicklits, two alternate historical-paranormals about Jane Austen as a vampire (JANE AND THE DAMNED and JANE AUSTEN: BLOOD PERSUASION and other Austenesque short fiction. She also pursues another existence as a writer of erotic contemporaries for Harlequin. She lives outside Washington, DC where she reads voraciously and teaches a cat manners. Find out more at http://www.janetmullany.com