My internet friend Alina (and frequent commenter here) wrote a short story for a romance anthology (which you can buy now, here). (Disclaimer: I got a copy to read for free). Here’s the press release:
They say “write what you know.” And that’s just what author Alina Adams (born Alina Sivorinovsky in Odessa, USSR) did when asked to contribute a short story for the anthology “The Mammoth Book of ER Romance” (Running Press September 2013).
Instead of sticking to traditional, all-American characters like she had for her previous “New York Times” best-selling books, including “Oakdale Confidential” and “Jonathan’s Story,” Adams created possibly the first-ever romance featuring a Russian Jewish heroine, whose decisions – in life and in love – stem directly from her non-traditional background and upbringing.
Adams explains, “I wanted to do something different with my story, “To Look For You,” and feature a character unique to romantic fiction. Like me, Alyssa Gordon was born in the USSR, grew up in America, and never felt like she belonged completely to either place. Throw in being Jewish on top of that, and I’d never encountered a similar type of character while reading romance. I figured I might as well be the first to create one and explore how being a Russian Jew in the States affects who you fall in love with.”
I personally will never admit that I read romance novels, but this story is at the intersection of Russian Jews, hypochondria, perfectionism, war, and men who are really, really clean, which is probably why Alina thought of me. There were a couple of things I was always really curious about with regards to romance writing, so I asked her: