Robert Runte asked about a Canadian romance genre. No, there isn’t one, though we do have a website:
Canadian Romance Authors. You can check out the wide-ranging talents and locations.
There are myths and truths about Canadian settings for romances. By force of population alone, most of our readers are from the US and it’s believed in some quarters that US readers don’t want to read Canadian set books. One reason put forward is that we’re seen as too nice and our country as too pleasant. Not a bad thing, all in all.
There is some truth when it comes to historicals. Our west was settled with more order and administration than the American west thanks to the Mounties. We didn’t have a revolution or a civil war. Though we’ve come close, depending on how you define it. Most of the strife has come from spill-over from European wars or from a few attempts by the US to “persuade” Canadians that they really wanted to throw off the shackles of British rule. I mention one in The Rogue’s Return. If I hadn’t been tied to an 1816 date by the continuing story line of the Rogues books, I’d have set the story during the invasion of 1812-1813 when York, where the book opens, was captured and largely burned. Simon was there, but alas I couldn’t do much with it.
So most romance novels are not set in Canada. After all, there aren’t any Canadian publishers keen to buy love stories set in Canada as far as I can tell. Harlequin doesn’t seem to be considered a true Canadian publisher — perhaps because it publishes love stories. Not in Canada, eh?
We Canadian Authors have a page on Canadian-set romances, however, and some of them are not by Canadian authors.
I write books set in England because I’m English, born and educated, with a degree in English History from Keele University, Staffordshire, and that’s what interests me most. Since coming to Canada 30 years ago, I’ve wanted to write a book at least partially set in Canada. I expected it to be Halifax, which was a very interesting place in Georgian and Regency times, but it ended up being York/Toronto simply because it was. You can’t argue with the muse.
BTW, you do all know that Superman is Canadian, don’t you? And that Gotham is Toronto?
Read all about it here.