Gothic Romance

I recently signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for my gothic romance, When Swallows Fall.  I haven't been so excited about a book I wrote in a good long time. I loved writing this book and I can't wait to have others read it. (Here's where I tell myself I shouldn't get too excited because I might be delusional and it might really suck.)

Many, many moons ago, I fell in love with gothic romance. Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Madeleine Brent, and Daphne du Maurier, they were the queens of the genre and alongside their books on the library bookshelves was a treasure trove of lesser known princesses whose work I devoured just as hungrily.

The very first book I picked from the "adult" shelf at the library was a gothic and I was hooked from that moment. From the dark and brooding hero to the haunted heroine, I loved every ghostly encounter and shiver of suspense.

Sadly, it's nearly impossible to find a new gothic romance now, but I would love to see them make a comeback.

I sincerely hope I've done the genre justice in When Swallows Fall.

As any fan of the genre knows, there is a very special tone to a gothic romance cover and I can hardly wait to see the cover art the artist creates for When Swallows Fall. I'll share it just as soon as I have it, of course.

Were you a fan of gothic romance? Who was your favorite author and/or favorite book?


  1. Gloria, enjoyed your post. Love your title and look forward to reading the book. I'm older and go back to Wuthering Heights as my first favorite. My second in the Victorian series with WRP is gothic in nature, but I've just begun to write it and so it hasn't been contracted yet. Wish I could come up with a better title for mine, but alas, no luck. I look forward to guesting on your blog soon.


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