Romance in Women’s Fiction

When I first began writing novels, I new I wanted to write women’s fiction. I had read everything of Elizabeth Berg, and I loved the way her stories delved into the hearts and minds of women. I was also drawn by her characters who were so real and flawed, but strong women. My own background as a psychotherapist lent to this vein of writing and digging into my character’s mind and heart.

My first book, And the Truth Will Set You Free (Wings ePress, 2007), is the story of Kate Reynolds who, at fifty-two, is thrust into an early retirement and has to decide what to do with the rest of her life. She picks up te pieces and follows her dream of becoming a writer as she relocates from Pennsylvania to Connecticut. But even with Kate’s journey into a new career, I could not resist introducing her to Sam. No hot, torrid love affair here. Just an easy ‘getting-to-know-you’ relationship that culminates in falling in love.

While the primary thread of the story is Kate’s career crisis and her embracing a new future as a writer, I could not resist giving this divorcee and new lease on love, too. As I’ve continued to write (with nine published novels to date), the romance in my stories has moved from sub-plot to nearly equal billing. The truth is, I’m a romantic at heart. Yes, I proudly admit it. I love those first kiss scenes that make me go, “Awe.” So much so that my next book contracted by Champagne Books for March 2012 release (Wake-up Call) is a full-fledged contemporary romance featuring a Philadelphia social worker and a modern-day Texas cowboy. My conversion is now complete!

Linda Rettstatt is a transplant from Pennsylvania who now resides in Mississippi. She is the author of nine women’s fiction and contemporary romance novels and is published with Wings ePress, Champagne Books, and Class Act Books. She shares her home with her cat, Binky, who lets her stay because she pays the rent and buys the cat food. Her books have finaled three times for EPIC e-Book Awards and she has been nominated for Author of the Year for 2010 at Champagne Books. You can visit her website at: and her blog at


  1. Wow, you guys are posting fast. I am not going to be able to sneak away from my computer!!

    Sounds like some great authors. thanks for sharing some new authors.

  2. I like the fact that the romance you are exploring is slow and steady…these types of loves always tend to be the greatest in my opinion. The subject of your book really intrigues me.

    I’ll be sure to check it out!

  3. I am now in my early fifties, and I am just as enthralled with romance reads now as I was almost 40 years ago when I started reading Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland and Jane Aiken Hodge. A little over thirty years ago, I read “Ashes in the Wind” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, and to this day, it remains my favorite book. I did not have my own HEA, but I still believe in true love and second chances. I pray that I never lose my youthful spirit and hopeful heart–two things that make me a devoted romantic fiction reader. If an author lost their “joie de vivre”–“joy of life/living”–then their work would suffer. Thankfully, my favorite authors (both old and new) have not lost their enthusiasm for life and love. Neither have I : )

  4. I find that the build-up to the romance can be intriguing, particularly for older characters who have been around the block once already (so to speak — LOL).

  5. As I get older, I enjoy reading about heroines who are a little older, too. It’s nice to know that love is possible no matter what age you are.


  6. I enjoy reading romance with older heros and heroines because I am older and it just falls into place.


  7. Can never go wrong with a cowboy! 🙂 And I’d love to read a romance based on an older woman. What a refreshing change.

  8. Yee-haaa!

  9. I enjoy reading stories with older heroines in them. They have seen some of life.

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  10. I admit to enjoying romances with the older women in them too. You book sounds fascinating.

  11. Well, they say ‘write what you know’. And when you’re an author of…a certain age…it’s a good place to start. LOL There’s a lot to be said for life lived and lessons learned.

  12. I’m glad to see the older heroine. Makes me feel we still count as a part of society.

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