Schneider’s love of Regency romance novels fuels her narrative, but she says she consciously jostled the confines of several defined genres during the process of writing the novel.
“….when I sat down to write a novel that blended a bunch of different genre codes, I found that I had to make one genre the boss of the others. One genre to rule them all, one genre to bind them. I chose Regency romance because I enjoy it, because I find its limitations interesting, and because it is a fundamentally happy genre. It has quite a bit of the picaresque in it, a lot of comedy, a lot of absurdity—and I wanted my novel to have humor and lightness of step. But I wanted to make Regency romance play with some other, less-sparkly genres. I wanted to see how far I could stretch that genre without breaking it.”
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