Romance author and self-proclaimed geek Emma Shortt loves herself a nerdy heroine. We find we can relate, what with our Tardis T-shirts and great love of Internet cat photos. Nerdy heroes can't have all the fun, can they? Shortt's latest, Shackled by the Boss, features such a heroine, and we wanted to know more. Emma nicely obliged. Take it away, Emma!
I've been an avid romance reader for a very, very long time, and if there's one thing I've found over all those years, it's that romance novels follow, and sometimes leap ahead of, our cultural curve.
In the '90s, when I was just starting to find my way into the world of romance, the pages were filled with business women galore. I loved reading about those smart, successful CEOs and negotiators. I particularly enjoyed it when their assistants were the men they fell for. There was a power flip there and it reflected the changing world I was growing up in — more than that it was inspiring. I totally could run a multi-million dollar company, quite happy in the knowledge that there was a man out there who would still be able to challenge me.