Deborah Hotaling Schneider ’75
believes the love of a good story can blossom into romance for any reader.
Romance novels are books that shouldn’t be judged by their
covers, said Schneider, who was named Librarian of the Year by the 10,000-member
Romance Writers of America
organization in July.
“They’re just human stories. They’re just about people,” said
Schneider. “Human relationships are what make good stories.”
Part of her job as the public programming coordinator for
the King County Library System in Washington allows her to promote the literary genre she fell
in love with at Oswego.
Schneider picked up romance novels in college as an
alternative to her required reading. She wrote some poems and short stories
that eventually grew into much longer compositions.
her first book, Beneath a Silver Moon,
in 2002. A second, Promise Me, is due
out this month.
Schneider manages a variety of programming — including
workshops and meet-the-author events — for the 44-library King
County system that includes metropolitan
embraces any opportunity to convert skeptics.
“First, I tell people to read one,” Schneider said. There
are numerous subgenres including suspense, mystery, urban fantasy, paranormal
and the ever-popular vampire romance. “Once people start to explore it
(they’re) amazed at the selection.”
A history major at Oswego, Schneider
sets her two published books in Victorian-era Montana.
No matter what the novels are about, she said, the
good-romance rules always apply: great characters, a compelling relationship, a
good story arc and the proverbial ride into the sunset.
“People want the escape; they want the happy ending.”
-- Shane M. Liebler
Deborah Schneider '75 was recently named Librarian of the year by the Romance Writers of America.
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